​​Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy

The winning 2015 Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy team is pictured on stage being presented with their winning check.

Purdue Extension and Indiana 4-H Youth Development, in partnership with the Purdue Foundry, are offering an opportunity to incoming Indiana high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate an aptitude in the areas of math, science and technology along with an interest in entrepreneurship.

Selected students will attend the five-day, high-tech focused Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. The Academy is coordinated by Indiana 4-H staff with critical assistance from Purdue University faculty, industry leaders and successful high-tech business entrepreneurs. Students work in teams on a fundamental business case to determine the best way for a business to compete, identify capital needs to start a business and devise a plan for managing a business successfully. 

Participants are provided with business cases, two days of instruction and necessary materials to assist them in the successful completion of the program. On the final day, teams give a 15-minute investor pitch to a panel of judges in a business plan competition setting. Tuition vouchers to Purdue University are awarded to the top three teams whose presentations are judged as having the most solid business strategy and potential for success. Students who complete the program will receive credit toward the Entrepreneurship Certificate program at Purdue University.

Ryan Wynkoop

Registration for the 2016 Academy is closed. Check this page for more information about the entrepreneurship events coming in 2017!