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Registration Still Open for Middle School Entrepreneur Camp

The University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy is still accepting applications for its summer day camp for middle school students who are interested in starting, operating or improving a business.

The Academy will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 to 20 at the John Pappajohn Business Building in Iowa City and July 23 to 27 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.

The fee for the Jacobson Academy is $139 per student. The fee 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.

Registration materials are available at:

www.iowajpec.org/k12program/mscamp.html

For more information, contact Dawn Bowlus at 319-335-0985 or dawn-bowlus@uiowa.edu.

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.


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