It is projected that by 2025 1/3 of the workforce in rural Iowa will be self employed entrepreneurs. It’s an empowering thought when you recognize that we will be creating our own destiny instead of “waiting for someone else” to recognize the value we can add to the economy. Building this culture of innovation and problem solving may come natural for many, but supporting each other to not have to learn “the hard way”, can increase capacity and speed of success.
There are a number of ways young people can take charge of their future this summer by attending entrepreneurship camps. In some instances, scholarships and college credit are available:
1) Business Horizons Camp (For High School Students)
Sun, July 25, 1 p.m. – Fri July30, 3 p.m.
Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa
A week-long, hands-on, action-orientated, live-in summer program for high school students who want to learn about what the future holds for them in the business world. Applications online. Cost $300. Scholarships available. Two college credits available.
Sponsored by Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation. www.businesshorizonsiowa.com
2) Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy (For Grades 7 – 9)
Session I: July 19-23, 2010, Iowa City, Iowa
Session II: July 26-30, 2010, Des Moines, Iowa
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 business, compete for SEED CAPITAL CASH PRIZES at the end of the week, receive recognition as a top young entrepreneur in Iowa. Cost: $175. Applications online. Sponsored by University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center and Richard O. Jacobson Foundation www.jacobsoninstitute.org/mscamps
3) Jacobson Institute Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (For Grades 4 – 6)
July 12-16, 2010
Daily 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
University of Iowa, John Pappajohn Business Building, Iowa City, Iowa
During the camp, students will: learn how to make money doing what they love, create business cards, design a business flyer, invent their own ice cream flavor, make new friends, have fun! Cost: $175. Applications online. Transportation support solutions available. Sponsored by University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center and Hills Bank & Trust Company. www.jacobsoninstitute.org/ecamp
4) Deadline for the annual Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy at University of Northern Iowa has already passed. For info on next year’s camps. visit: www.jpec.org/camp
The Iowa Department of Education is taking proactive steps in the PK – 12 program development to establish entrepreneurship as a visible and valued part of the economic and educational system in Iowa by supporting communication and collaboration among business, industry, education, government, community organizations and citizens resulting in venture creation. Iowa currently ranks 49th nationally on entrepreneurship.