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Friday, May 11, 2012

GVSU Develops Young Entrepreneurs At Summer Academy

GRAND RAPIDS – This summer, high school students from across West Michigan can find out what it's like to be an entrepreneur and get a chance to win an iPad and cash prizes totaling $1000.

The sixth annual TESA is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. This five-day journey teaches students about creative idea generation, problem solving, marketing techniques, management philosophies, financial strategies, presentation skills and much more as it relates to launching a new venture. Participants entering ninth grade through freshman year in college in the fall 2012 semester are eligible to attend. The academy is held at Grand Valley’s downtown Grand Rapids campus from 9am to 3pm on June 18 through June 22.

This is no summer class… The week will be filled with interactive seminars, team building activities, hands-on research, networking with local entrepreneurs and strategic planning for personal aspirations. Through the use of technology and West Michigan resources, students will gain an understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem while preparing a business pitch which will be presented in front of a panel of local business professionals. The skill sets learned at TESA are rarely taught in-depth during high school, and preparing each student with an arsenal of entrepreneurial tools will be advantageous for college admissions and resume building. The lessons taught are part of the Career Pathways Program as well as the National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education developed by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education.

The academy cost is $25 with breakfast and lunch each day; the $25 will be reimbursed once the participant has attended the academy. Registration is due by June 1. Sign up at GVSU.Edu/cei and look for the TESA logo. A second academy is also offered at the GVSU Meijer Campus in Holland on June 25 through June 29.


Author: Staff Writer
Source: MITechNews.Com

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