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UI Hosts Entrepreneur Camp For Kids

At the Jacobsen Entrepreneur Camp, campers work with University of Iowa faculty and student Entrepreneur Club members to identify their hobbies and skills, create an idea, make business cards, run their companies, and present their ideas at a Business Expo. "It's a mini version of what you would see in a venture-capital room," says DAWN BOWLUS, youth entrepreneurship coordinator. Some businesses even go on to operate after the session ends. Fifteen-year-old John De Angelis has started charging residents of his small Iowa town to sell their unwanted products on eBay and to convert their VHS tapes to DVDs. Both ventures started as weeklong summer projects for the Jacobson Entrepreneurship Camp and garnered $1,800 in profits over the past two years.

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