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Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy

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

Iowa City:
Summer 2015 TBD
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Des Moines:
Summer 2015 TBD
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The Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy 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 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

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

How much does the Jacobson Entrepreneurship Academy cost?
Through generous support from the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation, you pay only $200 for a week—snacks, materials, and T-shirt are included! 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 $10 per day.

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 Allison Winter at 319-384-0760 or



John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center The University of Iowa