CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 5,
UI hosts entrepreneur camp for Iowa high school students
IOWA CITY, Iowa
-- The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC)
is inviting Iowa high school students to participate in a summer entrepreneurship
camp July 15-20.
The camp runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the
John Pappajohn Business Building and is open statewide to students who have
completed ninth through 11th grades. There is no fee for the camp,
during which students will have an advanced opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship,
technology, and e-commerce. They will be introduced to entrepreneurs and business
leaders and learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Students will take their entrepreneurial ideas and
put them into action by developing an on-line business plan to start their
own business. A sampling of ideas from last summer's camp included a "For
Sale By Owner" real estate web site (www.fsboiowacity.com), a go-kart track,
and a goat's milk soap shop.
"It's a chance for students to come to the university,
network with students with similar interests, and learn about entrepreneurship
hands on. Students leave the camp fully equipped to get their businesses off
the ground. They learn skills that will be relevant for a lifetime," said
Dawn Bowlus, JPEC youth entrepreneurship coordinator.
Graduates receive seed capital to be used for starting
their business or for future college tuition. In addition, students will be
eligible to compete in business plan competitions, and successful operational
businesses will be highlighted on the Iowa Youth Entrepreneurship website.
JPEC began the camp last year for Eastern Iowa students.
This year, the camp has expanded statewide. Applications for the camp are
available from JPEC and on its website at http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/entrep/youth.html.
All applications are due May 1, but those received by April 2 will receive
priority. Housing in UI dormitories will be provided, but students must provide
their own transportation to and from the camp. Enrollment is limited to 32
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the UI
and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) sponsor BizCamp
through a grant from the William Zimmerman Foundation of Fairfield, Iowa.
JPEC is also sponsoring a Youth Entrepreneur Camp
for Eastern Iowa students that have completed fourth through sixth grades
June 25 to June 29. For more information, contact Bowlus at (319) 335-0985
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.