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University of Iowa News Release

March 17, 2005

Registration Is Under Way for Youth Entrepreneur Camp

Can today's fifth-grade student become tomorrow's millionaire? With entrepreneurial training, it could happen. The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa will hold a summer Youth Entrepreneur Camp, where Eastern Iowa kids can learn what it's really like to start a business.

Sponsored by JPEC and Hills Bank and Trust Company, this exceptional experience provides students in grades 3-5 with a hands-on look at becoming an entrepreneur.

Students can register now for the camp, which runs July 11-15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the John Pappajohn Business Building in Iowa City. Participants will learn about entrepreneurship through classroom and practical experience. They will identify the basic skills required of entrepreneurs, learn how to market a product or service, determine profit potential for a new venture, and by the end the week, develop a plan to start their own businesses.

"This camp helps kids take a kernel of an idea and start to develop it into a business plan. Presentations from successful entrepreneurs help them see the potential of their ideas," said JPEC director David Hensley. "Developing entrepreneurial skills is something that will be beneficial to them throughout their entire lives, whatever their career path may be."

The user-friendly course materials are designed specifically for youth, and include activities to stimulate interest in the various aspects of entrepreneurship.

Registration for the camp must be received by May 6. The cost is $120, which includes bus transportation for tours to business sites, class materials, snacks, lunches and graduation reception. Several scholarships are available for those in need. Those who register before April 22 will receive $20 off the normal fee.

Registration materials are available at For more information, contact Dawn Bowlus, JPEC student activities and outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0985 or

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, University of Iowa News Services, 319-384-0012,; Program: UI JPEC, 319-335-0985