Entrepreneurship Summer Camp

Entrepreneurship Summer Camp

July 11-18, 2022
Location: IDEA Bank, Troy, AL
Open to grades 9-12

The Entrepreneurship Summer Camp is a 1-week program that will offer an opportunity for young aspiring entrepreneurs to learn what it takes to successfully launch an idea into a profitable business. The camp will provide high school students with technical training, hands-on activities, and real-life leadership opportunities related to entrepreneurship while fostering creativity, innovation, confidence, and idea development. Each day will challenge students to lean into their interests and develop their ideas.

The week will lead up to a pitch competition, where students will use what they've learned to pitch their product or service. The presentations will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will award the grand prize winner a $2,000 scholarship to Troy University.

Lunch will be provided each day. The pitch competition will take place the morning of July 18 and will be open to the public. A closing reception for students, family, and friends will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18, to celebrate our students and announce the pitch competition winner. See below for more schedule details or email ideabank@troy.edu with your questions. 

To ensure each participant receives focused attention, limited space is available and interested students must apply to attend. 

Early applications have a higher chance of acceptance, so apply today using the button below!

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Camp Objectives

  • Provide youth with a foundational understanding of how to launch a business;
  • Teach youth essential money management skills in business operations;
  • Foster creativity and innovation;
  • Cultivate the desire to become community change-makers and leaders;
  • Train youth in presentation and public speaking skills;
  • Develop a new level of confidence in youth to empower them to pursue their dreams;
  • Demonstrate and introduce examples of successful start-ups;
  • Assist youth in the development of their individual and personalized ideas/plans;
  • Teach youth how to develop a business and marketing plan;
  • Support career development and training

Camp Schedule

The Entrepreneurship Summer Camp will include 5 days of learning and training and will finish with one day of pitch competitions and a closing reception. Each day will start at 8:30 a.m., with doors to the IDEA Bank opening at 8:00 a.m. and will finish at 4:00 p.m. 

  • July 11: Entrepreneurial Mindset & Idea Development (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • July 12: Business Planning & Financing (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • July 13: Marketing & Brand Development (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • July 14: Communication Strategies & Sales Pitching (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • July 15: Presentation Prep & Practice (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • July 18: Pitch Presentations (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) lunch will be provided ; the competition is open to the public
  • July 18: Closing Reception (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) pitch competition winner(s) will be announced; the reception is open to family and friends of students

Cost of Attendance

The registration fee is $150 per student, which will include all meals and materials for students as well as a closing reception for students and guests. A limited number of need-based scholarships will be available for interested participants who cannot afford the $150 fee. The application for this scholarship can be found with the standard application form.

More Information

The Entrepreneurship Summer Camp is limited to just 15 participants, so the selection process is competitive. The intention is to help students develop their own idea(s) into a business plan. Therefore, students should already have a business idea in mind before enrolling.

If you have any additional questions about the Entrepreneurship Summer Camp, please email ideabank@troy.edu or call Lynne George at 334-808-6794.

We look forward to seeing you in Summer 2022!