Leo Jr/Sr High Student Learn Business Skills at Entrepreneurship Academy

Leo Jr/Sr High Student Learn Business Skills at Entrepreneurship Academy
Posted on 08/19/2016
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More than 25 high school students from across Indiana had a chance to learn practical entrepreneurship skills from industry professionals during the Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy last month.

The academy, sponsored by Purdue Extension and Indiana 4-H Youth Development, is an annual weeklong event that gives high school students the opportunity to interact with business leaders and entrepreneurship experts from Purdue University and throughout the state. In addition to classroom instruction, one-on-one mentorship and networking, students form teams to create competitive business plans that they present to a panel of judges at the conclusion of the event.

Caleb Schlundt of Benton Central Junior/Senior High School, Vinh Lee of Kokomo High School, Luke Sanders of Valparaiso High School, Jessica Radwick of Lawrence North High School and Angela Lee of Leo Junior/Senior High School won the second place prize of $250 for their product Armordillo, a lightweight armor plating for military vehicles.

“The youth who were nominated and selected to participate in the academy are receiving real-world content that has not been watered down,” said Ryan Wynkoop, a 4-H special projects coordinator and coordinator of the Academy. “The training is the same as what a Purdue professor or staff member would participate in if he or she wanted to commercialize an invention.”

Academy sessions and activities teach “hard” skills such as creating a business model, planning a business pitch and identifying target customer bases, said Wynkoop, as well as “soft skills” such as professional communication, building teams and confidently delivering presentations.

For more information about the academy, contact Wynkoop at 765-494-8435 or rwynkoop@purdue.edu.

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