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Jacobson Entrepreneur Camp

Middle School Camp for 7th, 8th, and 9th Graders

Des Moines:
June 20-24, 2016
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Iowa City:
July 18-22, 2016
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The Jacobson Entrepreneur Camp is a week-long day camp for Iowa students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the fall and are interested in entrepreneurship and owning a business. The Jacobson Institute holds two academies each summer, in Iowa City and Des Moines.  The 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).

Camp participants:

  • Hear from successful entrepreneurs
  • Tour local entrepreneurial businesses
  • Develop an innovative idea for a product
  • Sell your product at the Camp Biz expo
  • Learn how to give a great elevator Pitch
  • Make new friends
  • Have tons of fun!

What is the Jacobson Entrepreneur Camp?
A week-long day camp geared for young people who want to start, operate, or improve their business.

How much does the Jacobson Entrepreneur Camp cost?
Through generous support from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation, you pay only $200 for a week—snacks, materials, and T-shirt are included! (NOTE: we will not be providing lunch for campers this year. Students are required to bring a sack lunch from home.) Iowa City participants may elect to drop their children off early (7:45 a.m.) and pick them up late (until 5:30 p.m.) for an additional fee of $50. Scholarships are available.

Who can apply?
Current Iowa students who are entering 7-9 grades in the fall living in the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, or Des Moines area.

Campers spend the day in the classroom learning about entrepreneurship, hearing guest speakers, and developing their business plan. By the end of the week, camp participants have developed a business plan, business cards, flyer and PowerPoint presentation that they present to a panel of judges who award CASH PRIZES to the top plans! Up to 32 young entrepreneurs will be honored.

Iowa City: For Cedar Rapids area students, transportation will be provided from a central location in Cedar Rapids to Iowa City and back again each day. It will be the parents' responsibility to provide transportation to and from the drop-off point each day. For Iowa City students, transportation to and from the camp is the responsibility of the parents.

Des Moines: 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 319-335-2036.


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