Jun 15

NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center to Host Youth Entrepreneurial Academy June 20-24

pappajohn-niaccMASON CITY – This summer, area high school students have an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of starting a business and becoming their own boss, and it won’t cost them a cent.

By participating in the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy (YEA) at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), students will transform ideas and passions into a viable business plan. Participants are eligible for an automatic $500 scholarship if they choose to attend NIACC following their high school graduation.

The Youth Entrepreneurial Academy will be held June 20-24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The objectives are to expose students to entrepreneurship, provide students with an opportunity to apply their skills and creativity, help students understand critical thinking skills and give students another career option of being a “job creator” instead of a “job taker”.


Monday-Community Entrepreneur: Holden Nyhus, ScoutPro; Jeffrey Short, Quikshare, Dynamite Media, Writer.

Tuesday–Community Entrepreneur: Miriah Whitehurst, Marketing through Social Media.

Wednesday–Community Entrepreneur: Brad Barber, Cabin Coffee; Customer Service.

Thursday: Pitch Coaching: YEA Alumni – Kayla Kearns; Gavin Scroggin.
Friday– YEA! Canvas Pitching – Round 1 and Final Recognition
Generous financial support from the John K. and Luise V. Hanson Foundation will once again make this a free event for the students. YEA is now entering its 19th year of providing a unique entrepreneurial education to regional high school students.

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