Nominations now accepted for 2016 Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy

December 9, 2015  

Academy nominations

Indiana high school students display the college tuition voucher they received for winning the investor pitch contest at the ninth annual Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy. High school educators, administrators and community leaders in Indiana can nominate current high school sophomores and juniors through Feb. 26 for the 10th annual academy. (Purdue Research Foundation photo)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - High school educators, administrators and community leaders in Indiana can nominate current high school sophomores and juniors through Feb. 26 to attend a weeklong entrepreneurship event jointly offered by Purdue Extension and Purdue Foundry.

Nomination forms for the 10th annual Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy can be downloaded by contacting Ryan Wynkoop, special projects coordinator for Indiana 4-H Youth Development, There is no fee to nominate a student, nor is there a limit to the number of students who can be nominated from a school. Questions about nominations can be addressed to Wynkoop or Juliana Casavan, entrepreneurial programs manager at Purdue Foundry,

The nationally recognized summer academy will be June 19-24 at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus. Students will compete in teams for the opportunity to win up to $1,000 in college tuition vouchers to attend Purdue.

Students accepted into the program will work in teams on a fundamental business case to determine the best way for the business to compete, identify capital needs to start a business and devise a plan for managing it. On the academy's final day, teams give a 15-minute "investor pitch" to a panel of judges in a business plan competition setting.

Members of the three teams with the highest scores will receive college tuition vouchers, ranging from $100 to $500, to pursue a degree at Purdue. All students who complete the program will have one course requirement waived toward the university's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Certificate program. At the end of the program, one student will receive the David E. Ross Award for Entrepreneurial Distinction. This peer-selected recognition carries with it a $500 tuition voucher.

About Purdue Extension

Since 1914, Purdue Extension has connected Indiana to Purdue University's world-renowned research - helping build vibrant communities, strong families and profitable businesses on Main Streets and at farm gates. Through staff on campus and in all 92 counties, Extension develops and delivers experiential, practical and localized learning programs in agriculture, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, youth development and more. Extension's high-impact programs reach millions - urban and rural, young and young at heart. As Indiana's educational partner for life, Purdue Extension empowers people to seize life's greatest opportunities, address life's important issues and gain new skills throughout their lives.

About Purdue Foundry

Purdue Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. The foundry collaborates with longstanding activities already taking place in the center with a goal to increase the growing demand from Purdue innovators who have an interest in forming a startup or licensing their discoveries. The foundry is supported and managed by the Purdue Research Foundation and its team of intellectual property, business development and venture capital experts. 

Purdue Extension contact: Nick Rogers, 765-496-0108,

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, 

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