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June 21-26: Summer Camp for High School Entrepreneurs

Free attendance offered for first 20 applicants in grades 9-12 who sign up by June 1.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-21-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host a June 21-26 Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest residential camp for high school students in grades 9-12 who want to develop their entrepreneurial skills and aspirations.

The “Start It Up!” camp, sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato College of Business and the Otto Bremer Foundation, will take place on campus at Minnesota State Mankato.

The cost of the camp is $350 and includes lodging, meals and materials, but the first 20 applicants that register between now and June 1 will receive a full scholarship to attend the camp. Applications are available online. Call 651-255-0055 for more information.

“Start it up!” is a new program for high school entrepreneurs, organized by Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, a nonprofit that has been serving students in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and North Dakota since 1949. This school year Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest will reach more than 157,700 students in grades K-12 with financial literacy, college and career readiness and entrepreneurship education. Its programs are implemented by more than 8,000 volunteers, mostly business professionals, who share skills and experience to motivate and inspire students to succeed.

“We are delighted to offer young high school entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and build their skills in a fun and innovative learning environment,” said Gina Blayney, president and CEO of JAUM. “Entrepreneurship is one of the foundational pillars of Junior Achievement, along with personal finance and workforce readiness. By reaching more students with our programming, we can help cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit.”

At the “Start It Up!” camp, students will build their entrepreneurial skills by participating in the following activities:

  • Network with local CEOs and successful entrepreneurs
  • Interactive workshops
  • Business simulation competition
  • Go behind the scenes with local entrepreneurs
  • App-based video diary
  • Personal entrepreneurial assessment
  • Tips and hints for starting your own business
  • Social reception and celebration dinner

In addition to the camp’s educational aspect, students will participate in a variety of recreational activities that will introduce them to entrepreneurial concepts:

  • Kayak down the Minnesota River while learning about Bent River Outfitters, a small company inspired by an entrepreneurial group of friends’ passion for the outdoors.
  • Cheer on the Mankato MoonDogs while learning how this baseball team was empowered by fans with a love of baseball.
  • Take entrepreneurial skills to a higher level on the Minnesota State Mankato high ropes course.

More information on the College of Business at Minnesota State Mankato is available online.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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