Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy


Are you ready to create the next big business? 

Choose the Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy as your preferred works​​hop for 4-H Academy @ Purdue! 

Check out the recap of the 2017 Academy​

Registration information for students who are not 4-H members is coming soon! 

Do you know a young entrepreneur in Indiana?​

​The Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy provides an opportunity for Purdue Extension and Indiana 4-H to encourage young entrepreneurs to develop with ideas through a 3-day, on-campus event for 9th-12th graders. Youth do not need to be a 4-H member to participate​.

Youth who participate will: ​

  • Increase their understanding of what it takes to start a business and gain skills to do so.
  • Understand the barriers and risks involved in building a successful business.
  • Interact with real-world entrepreneurs with ties to Purdue University.
  • Deliver their business pitch to seasoned entrepreneurs and business owners, and receive valuable feedback. 
  • Receive a tuition voucher for Purdue University if they are the first place team during the pitch competition. 

Lessons Learned from Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy Alumni:​​ 

“I liked how we had a ton of time to work on our idea and develop our business.…” 

“The networking was the best experience because it allows us to express our ideas to people who have real world experience”

“I learned that it is harder than I thought, but I was connected to resources that help me overcome challenges.”

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q: When is the 2018 Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy?

A: June 13-15, 2018.


Q: Is there any cost to the school, student or parents?

A: $190, includes registration, housing and meals  ________________________________________

Q: Who should apply for the Academy?

A: All incoming Indiana high school 9th-12th graders who demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurship. The student should:

possess creativity and initiative

be recognized by peers as a leader

be able to work with others and respect diversity

have overall academic strength; take challenging courses and excel in them.

Youth participants do not have to be a 4-H member to attend.


Q: How do you apply?

A: Any educator at your high school or Purdue Extension Educator can help you apply. Find contact information for your Purdue Extension Office here​.

You can also access the registration form on this website starting March 15th.

Following registration, participants will receive an additional form via email. Youth will be asked to answer open-ended questions about their entrepreneurial ideas and write a 250-word student essay stating what they expect to learn at the Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy.     For questions regarding registration contact Arin Weidner ( 


Q: Do you need to come with an idea or have a team of peers with you?

A: We encourage all youth to think about why they want to attend and what ideas they already have that they can focus on and use to build a business. If participants do not already have an idea, consider what area of industry interests them the most and start researching for ideas. Entrepreneurship Academy is a 3-day workshop intended to help youth build a business plan. Having an idea in mind, with some research prepared would be beneficial and help youth get the most out of the experience. Participants do not have to come with an existing team and can choose to work individually.


Q: If my son or daughter were to win tuition assistance voucher would there be any tax reporting requirements?

A: No, it is not taxable to the student if it used on qualified educational expenses: Tuition, Books and Fees.


Q: If I live close to the West Lafayette, Purdue University Campus do I have to stay overnight?

A: Yes, all attendees must stay in the campus housing provided.


Q: What is the application deadline?

A: Registration forms are due May 15th, 2018.


Q. How can I stay up to date on announcements and reminders for Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy?

A: There is a few ways you can stay connected with us: 

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Contact Arin Weidner (​