Prior to arriving to the Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy, the teens had the chance to brainstorm business ideas so they could hit the ground running. The afternoon started by hearing from Mike Shepard, a serial entrepreneur himself, who shared what it means to be an entrepreneur - the ups, the downs, and everything in between. From there the teams began brainstorming and digging in to their business ideas.
Hal Kirkwood, Associate Professor with University Libraries, spent Tuesday morning helping the teams dig in to their business ideas with market data and financial resources.
After attending Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy, 95% of the participants want to start their own business and understand the barriers and risks involved in starting a business.
84% of participants agreed they would join a start up company if given the opportunity.
The final piece of the Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy is the pitch contest. Ellen Dunnigan of Accent On Business came to help the teens relieve their speaking jitters and also learn some networking etiquette.