Iowa’s Next Big Thing to Spark Youth Entrepreneurship

Happy studentsSoutheast Iowa high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur during the 1st Iowa’s Next BIG Thing Youth Entrepreneur Challenge. This new initiative will be hosted by the Entrepreneurship committee of the Greater Burlington Partnership in coordination with Iowa Workforce Development and Southeastern Community College and the University of Iowa Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship

The event will be held April 30th, 8:30-2:30 PM at the Middletown, Iowa Armed Forces Reserve Center. During the course of the day the students will receive instruction on idea creation, marketing, and finances that will prepare them to develop a basic business plan. At the end of the day students will pitch their product and business plan to a panel of judges (similar to a mini Shark Tank). The judges will choose winning teams who, in addition to being named one of “Iowa’s Next Big Things”, will receive gift cards.

The keynote address will be given by Tana Goertz, an internationally-recognized TV personality, motivational speaker, business coach, reality TV casting call coach, radio talk show host and author. Goertz is also known for her appearance on NBC’s “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump.

Register for Iowa’s Next Big Thing at http://bit.ly/1CUThcp. Each student must register separately. Space is first come, first serve.  Students are encouraged to bring laptops.


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