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Jacobson Institute Entrepreneurship Summer Camp

Middle School Camp for 7-9 Graders

Marion:$225 $125
Grades 5-8
June 19 - 23, 2017
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Des Moines: $225
Grades 7-9
July 10-14, 2017
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Iowa City: $225
Grades 7-9
July 17 - 21, 2017
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The Jacobson Institute Entrepreneurship Summer 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. 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:

  • 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 Institute Entrepreneurship Summer Camp?

A week-long day camp geared for young people who want to start, operate, or improve their business.

How much does the Jacobson Institute Entrepreneurship Summer Camp cost?

Through generous support from our sponsors, you pay $225 for a week—snacks, materials, and T-shirt are included! (NOTE: Lunch will not be provided for campers. Campers are required to bring a sack lunch from home.)  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 at select locations.

Scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. Please contact for more information.

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.

Hills BankStuff Etc. Medco
Geonetric Marion Chamber of CommerceRichard O. Jacobson Foundation
Imagination IowaIowa City Area Development Group
John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center The University of Iowa