Who: Indiana students who have completed grades 9-12
When: June 26-28, 2017 - Purdue University, West Lafayette
July-September - at home, independent work and virtual support from the team mentor
October 14, 2017 - Indiana 4-H Business Pitch Competition at Indiana State Fairgrounds
The ultimate goal of the Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy is for teams to gain real-world experience and skills to create a complete business plan. There will be lots of work involved and required for this opportunity but the pay-off could be huge
Who can participate in this?
Indiana high school students who have completed grades 9-12 and have an interest in entrepreneurship and small business development. Teens should plan to attend with a team of 3-4 friends, classmates, or club members.
Does every team member have to be enrolled in Indiana 4-H?
No. Your team can be all 4-H members or not. However, it will be very helpful if your team members are all from the same close geographic area as there will be some work required after the on-campus training. However, this work can be done online.
What if I don’t have a team?
If you can’t form a team in your area we will work to assign you to a team.
Do I have to participate as part of a team?
Yes. Many entrepreneurs will tell you that entrepreneurship is a lonely endeavor but they all have some sort of team to rely on. Participating as a team will make the business plan stronger and provide a better real-world experience.
Does my team need to prepare anything ahead of time?
Yes. It will be helpful if your team can come to the on-campus orientation in June with a few product/business ideas in mind. This will give you a jump start and make the best use of your time at the Academy. Think about ideas that fill a need and can have an impact in your local community or region. You might also have a business of your own already that you can improve or expand.
How much does it cost to participate?
There is a one-time registration fee of $190 per participant. This covers all meals and lodging while at Purdue University, insurance, and program materials and supplies. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact the coordinator for more information.
I definitely want to go! How do I register?
1. Prepare a 300-word essay that discusses:
Why you want to attend the Entrepreneurship Academy
What you hope to learn by attending
An example of a time when you've successfully or unsuccessfully worked in a team
2. Visit bit.ly/IN4Hentr17 and complete the application
3. Mail the $190 registration fee to:
4-H Entrepreneurship Academy
615 W State. St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907