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February 4, 2013

Nominations under way for 2013 Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy

Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy

Indiana high school students work on their business case during the Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy. School administrators, teachers and community leaders can nominate high school sophomores and juniors for the 2013 academy through March 29. (Purdue Research Foundation photo)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana high school administrators, educators and community leaders have through March 29 to nominate high school sophomores and juniors for the seventh annual Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy.

Nomination forms can be downloaded at http://purdueresearchpark.com/overview, or call Juliana Casavan, academy coordinator, at 765-588-3368, jbcasavan@prf.org. There is no fee to nominate a student, nor is there a limit to the number of students who can be nominated from a single school.

Fifty students accepted into the weeklong program will work with successful high-tech business entrepreneurs, business experts, industry leaders and Purdue Research Foundation staff. They will learn to develop a business from creating the concept through raising funds and creating prototypes. To conclude the program, 10 teams of five students will deliver a 15-minute investor pitch to a panel of economic development experts to demonstrate how well they developed a commercialization plan, crafted marketing plans and outlined plans to use venture capital.

The three teams with the highest scores will receive college tuition vouchers, which range from $100 to $500. All Purdue University campuses in the state accept the vouchers. All students who complete the academy will have one course requirement waived toward Purdue's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Certificate program. One student will be recognized by peers with the David E. Ross Award for Entrepreneurial Distinction, which includes a $500 tuition voucher.

Sponsors of the 2013 Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy include Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Bill DeFouw Chevrolet-BMW, Coldwell Banker Shook, Duke Energy Foundation, Greater Lafayette Chamber and Purdue Research Foundation. For further information about becoming a sponsor, contact Timothy Peoples, academy director, at 765-588-3365 or trpeoples@prf.org

The 2013 Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy will be June 23-28 on Purdue's West Lafayette campus.

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 park network is 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: Timothy Peoples, 765-588-3365, trpeoples@prf.org