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Teens to pitch eco-friendly business ideas at entrepreneurship academy

Posted on June 14, 2011

High school students from across West Michigan will showcase their entrepreneurship talents as they develop and pitch eco-friendly business plans for a chance to win cash prizes. Grand Valley State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) is a sponsor of the Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Academy in Holland, Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

Student teams will dive into the issues surrounding their business concept, discover how teamwork is crucial in developing a successful idea, and will have the opportunity to develop key business and communication skills.

Grand Rapids

June 20-24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pew Grand Rapids Campus, DeVos Center


July 11-15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grand Valley Meijer Campus, 515 S. Waverly Rd.

Entrepreneurial and technology workshops are scheduled throughout the week and students will have opportunities to listen and network with entrepreneurs from the area, who will judge the final presentations.

MEDIA NOTE: Students will pitch their ideas and judges will announce winners around noon on the last day of each academy, Friday, June 24 and July 15.

For more information and to view an itinerary, visit or contact Shorouq Almallah, finance and strategy specialist for CEI, at (616) 331-7256 or (616) 331-7582.

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