Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy June 26-28, 2017 | Purdue university

Nineteen high school students from across Indiana spent three days at Purdue University designing and developing their own business idea.

Day 1 started with some intense ping pong before the day began.

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.

Hearing from a real world, serial entrepreneur and digging in to business ideas.
Monday evening was a great experience as three real-life student entrepreneurs from The Anvil spent time with the students. They shared how to balance being a student and entrepreneur and even gave input on the teams' business ideas.
"I learned that being an entrepreneur is harder than I thought, but I was connected to resources that help me overcome those challenges." - 2017 Participant

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.

More than 4-H

4-H membership is not required to participate in the Entrepreneurship Academy. In fact, over 60% of the 2017 participants were not members of Indiana 4-H Youth Development.

A few teams shared their business ideas with the Indiana 4-H Foundation Board at the networking lunch in Ross-Ade Stadium.

Nearly every guest speaker emphasized the importance of networking for entrepreneurs. Academy participants had two networking opportunities. One with members of the Indiana 4-H Foundation Board and the second was a business networking event with invited guests ranging from entrepreneurs to supporters of the Academy.

"The networking was the best experience because it allows us to express our ideas to people who have real world experience" -2017 Participant
Business Networking in the Purdue Memorial Union

Real World Connections

Each team will connect with the Indiana Small Business Development Center in their region until the pitch contest in October. ISBDC provides support to entrepreneurs and small business owners to help them succeed. The teams will experience this real world resource and receive assistance in preparing their pitch.

Mini Pitches

Each team presented a short pitch about their business on the last day. This offered teams the chance to see what other teams had been working on and to ask questions.

ScheduleMe has an idea to connect people to events during their free time.

Artik has a solution for a common cell phone problem.

King Delivery is going to offer local businesses a way to reach more consumers.

Rekt Cafe is bringing healthy eating to a community that doesn't have many dining options.

Boender Bikes has a plan to revolutionize bicycle gears.

Pup n Pals is going to connect dog owners to make new dog friends.

Aquapon Seafood & Greenhouse will bring fresh, affordable vegetables and seafood to Indiana communities.

The Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy is a unique way to invest in youth entrepreneurs across the state. With newfound skills in entrepreneurship, youth can develop businesses to positively impact Indiana and the communities where they live.

Thank you to our supporters

  • Accent On Business
  • ClearObject
  • Indiana 4-H Foundation
  • Old National Bank

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