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June 1, 2012

50 Indiana high school students to attend 2012 Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy

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Students prepare to divide into teams during the 2011 Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy. Fifty Indiana high school students from 22 counties will participate in this year's academy, which culminates with a business plan competition on June 29. (Purdue Research Foundation photo/Cara Boyer)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Fifty Indiana high school students from 22 counties will attend the sixth annual Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy June 24-29 at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus.

The Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy introduces high school students to the world of entrepreneurship during the weeklong program. Students are guided by local business leaders and Purdue Research Park experts, and they also experience campus life at a leading research university.

During the academy, students test the viability of a business idea, identify capital needs and devise a management plan. It is based on a methodology called "So what? who cares? why you?®" developed by Wendy Kennedy, a technology industry executive, professor and author. For the sixth consecutive year, Kennedy will teach the methodology to the students.

The event culminates with a business plan competition during which teams will present their capital needs and management plans to a panel of judges. Members of the winning team will receive tuition vouchers that are accepted at all Purdue University campuses. Officials at Purdue University's Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program will waive one course requirement for all attendees who complete the academy.

"A goal of the Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy is to foster entrepreneurship in young people, and our research shows that students who have graduated from the academy have a greater interest and desire to start their own company," said Joseph B. Hornett, senior vice president, treasurer and COO of the Purdue Research Foundation, which manages the academy. "The interest in the program has grown so much that we will be offering the program to other sites around the state including South Bend and Indianapolis."

      The 2012 Academy attendees are listed below:
      CITY - ZIP - FIRST NAME - LAST NAME - SCHOOL
      Angola - 46703 - Brock - MACKNICK - Angola High School
      Angola - 46703 - Adam - WORTHINGTON - Angola High School
      Bloomington - 47401 - Connor - CROWLEY - Bloomington High School South
      Bourbon - 46504 - Dean - HOWDESHELL - Triton High School
      Camby - 46113 - Anna - SCOTT - Decatur Discovery Academy
      Carmel - 46032 - Yanying - CHEN - Carmel High School
      Carmel - 46033 - Lisa - CAMPBELL - Carmel High School
      Carmel - 46033 - Nick - GALLINA - St. Theodore Guerin High School
      Carmel - 46033 - Jacob - THIENEMAN - St. Theodore Guerin High School
      Columbus - 47201 - Ernest - XI - Columbus North High School
      Elnora - 47527 - Zach - BAKER - North Daviess High School
      Etna Green - 46524 - Taylor - HATFIELD - Triton High School
      Evansville - 47714 - Julia - RUSSO - Signature School
      Fishers - 46037 - Jeron - BRAXTON - Hamilton Southeastern High School
      Fishers - 46038 - Davis - ARICK - Fishers High School
      Fishers - 46038 - Daniel - KOWALSKI - St. Theodore Guerin High School
      Fowler - 47944 - Josh - BUDREAU - Benton Central High School
      Geneva - 46740 - Alexis - FORD - South Adams High School
      Granger - 46530 - Marilyn - PREUSS - Trinity School at Greenlawn
      Granger - 46530 - Adrian - WHITE - Penn High School
      Greenwood - 46143 - Ashleigh - GILL - Whiteland Community High School
      Indianapolis - 46205 - Traver - CLIFFORD - North Central High School
      Indianapolis - 46221 - Amy - CARPENTER - Decatur Discovery Academy
      Indianapolis - 46250 - Scott - AHEARN - Lawrence Central High School
      Indianapolis - 46256 - Samuel - KANE - Heritage Christian School
      Indianapolis - 46259 - Sarah - BRACKETT - Franklin Central High School
      Indianapolis - 46259 - David - HON III - Roncalli High School
      Merrillville - 46410 - Marissa - TAYLOR - Merrillville High School
      Michigan City - 46360 - William - CONNELLY - Marquette Catholic High School
      Monrovia - 46157 - Brayton - SKINNER - Monrovia High School
      Mooresville - 46158 - Jared - SMITH - Monrovia High School
      Munster - 46321 - Joseph - YUREK - Munster High School
      Nappanee - 46550 - Adrian - CHUPP - Triton High School
      Newburgh - 47630 - Nathaniel - GRUDZINSKI - Castle High School
      Noblesville - 46062 - Nora - SEGO - St. Theodore Guerin High School
      Osgood - 47037 - Erin - FLINT - Jac-Cen-Del High School
      Otterbein - 47970 - Cooper - CUMMINS - Benton Central High School
      Oxford - 47971 - Brandon - GRAY - Benton Central High School
      Salem - 47167 - Autumn - GIBSON - Salem High School
      Salem - 47167 - Jonathon - JONES - Salem High School
      Sharpsville - 46068 - Caleb - COPP - Taylor High School
      Union City - 47390 - Brittany - SIGLER - Union City Community High School
      Valparaiso - 46383 - A.J. - GUENTHER JR. - Washington Township High School
      Valparaiso - 46385 - Jacqueline - RUCHTI - Wheeler High School
      Washington - 47501 - Andrea - ONYETT - Washington Catholic High School
      West Lafayette - 47906 - Gunther - BALENSIEFER - Benton Central High School
      West Lafayette - 47906 - Brianna - BARTROM - Faith Christian School
      West Lafayette - 47906 - Jacob - SNYDER - Harrison High School
      Westfield - 46062 - Pooja - PATEL - Westfield High School
      Westfield - 46074 - Jake - CRUSE - Westfield High School

Tim Peoples, director of the Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy, said sponsors are being sought for the 2012 event. Current sponsors include Accent on Business; AMIPurdue (Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Development at Purdue University); CSO Architects; Bill DeFouw Chevrolet; Frontier Communications; Great Harvest Bread Company; Indiana Small Business Development Center; Katz, Sapper & Miller; Purdue Federal Credit Union; Purdue Research Foundation; Sign Art Etc.; and Stuart & Branigin.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park, with four locations across Indiana, has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The parks are home to about 200 companies that employ 4,000 people and are located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany.

Purdue Research Park contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Source: Joseph B. Hornett, 765-588-1040