Entrepreneurship academy for high school students to be held in New Albany

March 5, 2013  

Entrepreneurship Academy

Indiana high school students work on their business case during the 2012 Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy. School administrators, teachers and community leaders in southern Indiana and the Louisville area can nominate high school sophomores and juniors for the 2013 Entrepreneurship Academy at New Albany through March 29. (Purdue Research Foundation photo)
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NEW ALBANY, Ind. - Twenty-five selected high school students in the southern Indiana and Louisville areas will learn about the process of developing their own high-tech company from creating a concept through raising funds and creating prototypes during a summer academy.

High school administrators, educators and community leaders have until March 29 to nominate current sophomores and juniors for the Entrepreneurship Academy at New Albany. The academy will be hosted June 9-14 by Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana, Purdue University College of Technology in New Albany and Indiana University Southeast. It is based on the national award-winning Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy program.

Nomination forms can be downloaded at http://purdueresearchpark.com/overview, or contact Juliana Casavan, academy coordinator, at 765-588-3368, jbcasavan@prf.org. There is no fee to nominate a student, and there is no limit to the number of students who can be nominated from a single school.

Students accepted into this weeklong program will work with successful high-tech business entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and Purdue and IUS staff. After learning business development skills, five teams of five students will deliver a 15-minute investor pitch to a panel of judges in a business plan competition setting. The top teams will receive college tuition vouchers, which range from $100 to $500, to Purdue University or Indiana University Southeast.

Partners for the 2013 Entrepreneurship Academy at New Albany include the Blue Sky Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, Ogle Foundation and VelocitySI. For further information about becoming a partner, contact Paul Moses, academy director, at 812-206-8399, pemoses@prf.org

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country in four locations across Indiana. The parks are home to nearly 240 companies that employ more than 4,200 people and are located in West Lafayette, Merrillville, Indianapolis and New Albany.

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

Source: Paul Moses, 812-206-8399, pemoses@prf.org

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