GVSU hosts teen entrepreneurship academy

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Grand Valley State University will help local high school students learn about entrepreneurship during its fourth annual Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy.

The academy, which runs June 21-23 on Grand Valley's Pew Grand Rapids Campus, will feature 33 high school students from across Michigan. This year’s academy will focus on developing innovative ideas in the theme of urban farming, through which students will gain awareness of small business and entrepreneurship opportunities in West Michigan. By working hands-on with area entrepreneurs, students will gain experience and learn about entrepreneurship as a viable career choice.

The academy culminates with a team idea-pitch competition set for June 23 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center. The winners of the competition will receive cash prizes totaling $700. Admission to the competition is free, and media coverage is encouraged.

Participating students were selected from a record number of applications based on a formal application process, taking into account GPA, teacher recommendations and a written essay. They represent high schools including Northview, Ottawa Hills, East Kentwood, Detroit Country Day, Forest Hills Central, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Grand Rapids Montessori, Unity Christian, Allendale Christian, Jenison, Forest Hills Northern, Grand River Prep and Kelloggsville.

Seidman College of Business' Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation serves to champion, catalyze and impact entrepreneurial culture and community through quality research and programming, innovative collaborations, creative resourcing, and information services in the field of entrepreneurship. For more information, visit www.gvsu.edu/ent.