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University of Iowa News Release

April 23, 2004

UI Hosts Entrepreneur Camp For Iowa High School Students

Iowa high school students can learn how to start their own businesses this summer during the week-long BizCamp sponsored by the University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and the William Zimmerman Foundation.

Applications for priority registration are being accepted through April 30 for BizCamp, to be held June 13 to 18 on the UI campus. JPEC will continue to accept applications after April 30 until all spaces are filled.

The students will hear from nationally recognized entrepreneurs, learn the nuts and bolts of starting a business from University of Iowa faculty and network with other young Iowans interested in starting their own businesses.

Camp participants will prepare a business plans and develop presentations about their businesses. At the end of the week, a panel of judges will listen to student presentations and award seed capital cash prizes to the top competitors.

"Bizcamp is a one-of-a-kind experience because participants learn a lot, not only from the workshops, but from each other," comments Dawn Bowlus, JPEC student activities and outreach coordinator. Campers stay in UI dormitories throughout the week and participate in organized activities such as a picnics, swimming, Frisbee and pizza parties in the evenings.

The fee for Biz Camp is $150, which includes meals and lodging. Current Iowa high school applicants in grades 9 to 12 can apply for the camp; out-of-state applicants are welcome to apply and may be admitted space permitting.

JPEC is also sponsoring a Youth Entrepreneurship Camp for Eastern Iowa students in grades four to six from July 12 to July 16, and the Jacobsen Entrepreneurial Residential Camp for students in grades six to eight from June 27 to July 1.

Applications for BizCamp and all youth camps are available from JPEC and on its website at

For information about these programs, contact Dawn Bowlus at 319-335-0985 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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