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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 22, 2006

Registration Begins For Middle School Entrepreneur Camp

Looking for an educational, yet fun, camp for a middle school student? Then consider the Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy, a summer day camp for kids interested in starting, operating or improving a business.

Registration is now open for the Academy, held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 17 to 21 at the John Pappajohn Business Building in Iowa City and July 24 to 28 at the Pappajohn Higher Education Center in Des Moines. These camps give students who have completed grades 7 to 9 a set of business skills that will last a lifetime.

Students spend the week developing a plan for a business they'd like to start or continue. By the end of the week, they complete a business plan, business cards, a flyer and a Power Point presentation that they present to a panel of judges who award cash prizes to the top budding entrepreneurs. During the camp, participants will:

* Hear entrepreneurial start-up stories from nationally recognized entrepreneurs

* Learn the nuts and bolts of starting a business from University of Iowa faculty

* Network with other young Iowans interested in starting their own businesses

* Compete for seed capital cash prizes awarded at the end of the week

* Receive recognition as a top young entrepreneur in Iowa

Several past participants have actually started businesses after attending the Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy. John DeAngelis of Fairfield has started two successful businesses: VHS2DVD, transferring VHS tapes to DVD format; and Selling 4 You, selling another person's electronic goods on eBay and providing the original owner with a percentage of the profit. Charles Mollenhauer of Cedar Rapids started Chucklebuk Jewelry, selling one-of-a-kind jewelry items online and in retail stores.

The Academy is sponsored by the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation. Jacobson, a University of Iowa alumnus, is the founder and chairman of the board of Jacobson Companies, a leading national logistics and warehousing company based in Des Moines, Iowa.

The fee for the Jacobson Academy is $149 per student, which covers costs including instruction, class materials, camp T-shirt, bus transportation for tours, snacks, lunches and the graduation reception. Transportation is available to and from Cedar Rapids for the Iowa City camp. Des Moines camp participants are responsible for their own transportation. A limited number of scholarships are available for those in need.

Applications received by May 5 will receive priority consideration. Applications received by April 22 will receive $20 off the normal fee. Registration materials are available at

For more information, 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.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: UI JPEC, 319-335-0985