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Jacobson Institute Entrepreneurship Summer Camps

For campers who are entering 7, 8 or 9 grade in the fall.

Marion: $225
Grades 5-8
June 18 - 22, 2018
Registration Opens Spring 2018

Des Moines: $225
Grades 7-9
July 9-13, 2018
Registration Opens Spring 2018

Iowa City: $225
Grades 7-9
2018 date TBD
Registration Opens Spring 2018

The Jacobson Institute Entrepreneurship Summer Camp is a week-long day camp for students entering 7, 8 or 9 grade in the fall who are interested in entrepreneurship and/or owning a business. Camp runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (early drop off and late pick up are available for an additional fee at select locations).

Camp participants:

  • Build Teams
  • Develop innovative products
  • Interact with local entrepreneurs
  • Sell your product at the final graduation expo
  • Learn how to give an elevator pitch

Who can sign up?

Students who are entering 7-9 grades in the fall. Priority will be given to Iowa students. Students from outside the region in which the camp is being held must make their own arrangements for accommodations.


Campers spend the day in the classroom learning about entrepreneurship, hearing guest speakers, and developing their business. By the end of the week, camp participants are able to get direct feedback from customers and sell their products. Each camper will present to a panel of judges who award CASH PRIZES to the top plans!


Transportation to and from the camp is the responsibility of the parent.

If you are interested in getting more information about this program, contact us at or 319-335-2204.

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center The University of Iowa