#138. Entrepreneurship Camps

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Entrepreneurship Camps

We love to hear from our readers! Over the past couple of weeks, we have had numerous responses to our Agurban on the Entrepreneurship Academy offered at Purdue University in Purdue, IN. We have learned of a number of other such camps for budding entrepreneurs. These include:

  • * Camp CEO – Celebrating its 5th Anniversary in 2008, Camp CEO originated at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. During the Summer of 2008, the camps will be expanded from SIU-C, to include Millikin University in Decatur, IL and Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. To learn more, visit www.campceo.biz.
  • * Entrepreneurship Education Consortium – The consortium — comprised of Ashland, Baldwin Wallace, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State, John Carroll and Kent State Universities — selects students from any discipline throughout their universities to participate in an intensive week-long entrepreneurship academy during the summer. “The home run would be if a business gets launched from this,” commented one educator. Click here for details on the 2007 camp.
  • * Entrepreneurship Camp 2007 – University of Missouri Extension, along with the University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the 4-H Center for Youth Development implemented this weeklong camp to work with area youth to develop a business concept, a business plan, a marketing strategy and financial projections. Visit www.missour ibusiness.net.
  • * Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy and Youth Entrepreneur Camp – Three week-long camps, organized by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), introduce students in grades 4 to 9 to the concept of running a business and what it takes to make a business work. Cash prizes are awarded to the top plans. www.iowajpec.org.
  • * Junior Latino Chamber of Commerce – Pueblo’s Latino Chamber of Commerce partnered with Pueblo City Schools and other local businesses to offer the Zap the Gap program, a four-week summer camp focusing on entrepreneurship. Students were evaluated on their punctuality, quality of work, work initiative and the quantity of work. Students received a paycheck at the end of the program thanks to a grant from the local Century 21.
  • * Generation E Institute – Summer Camp for 7th graders in South Central Michigan – students experienced the benefits of an experiential camp experience and entrepreneurship education. while attending this six-day experience, students received lessons in how to start their own business, including how to think creatively, expand their interests, discover their talents and abilities, explorebusiness opportunities, marketing and finance, develop a business plan and run their business. Visit www.genei.org.

If you have a child or know of a child interested in entrepreneurism, contact your local college/university. If they don’t have a program yet, they probably will very soon.


This “Y” Generation is full of possibility and ingenuity. We need to not only encourage that spirit, but support it with education, resources and enthusiasm to make them realize that anything is possible!