The opening session of the 2014 Entrepreneurship Camp, sponsored by the UAH College of Business Administration. Photo: Violet Edwards
Rising high school students from Alabama and Tennessee will have the opportunity to Experience Entrepreneurship! Week (A Seriously Fun Business Camp) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), July 13-18.
"We want students to understand that entrepreneurs come from all walks of life... from small home-based service businesses to retail to high tech. Whether the students own their own business some day, or work for someone else, we want them to see the value in starting new business ventures," said Dr. Caron St. John, dean and professor of management at The UAH College of Business Administration (CBA).
The majority of E-Camp activities will be held in the CBA's Business Administration Building. Junior Achievement of North Alabama served as the CBA's marketing partner for the annual event.
Twenty high school students will live on the UAH campus for a week. Students will be exposed to an entrepreneurial mindset, planning and launching a business venture, including recognizing opportunities, understanding customers and competition, determining how much money is needed to start and grow a business, building the start-up team, and other business topics.
E-Camp participants will work in teams, planning the launch of a new product, all under the guidance of successful community entrepreneurs. The week will conclude with a business plan presentation with prizes and awards for the winning team on Friday, July 18.
Top E-Camp guest speakers include:
- Shannon King, Founder, Highbrow Cold Brew Coffee
- Brandon Kruse, Founder, DialMaxx
- Markeeva Morgan, NASA (UAH adjunct assistant professor)
- Mark Spencer, Founder, Digium
- Josie Wachi, Founder, Josie Wachi Fashion Designer
- Carter Wells, HudsonAlpha VP for Economic Development
- Peggy Sammon, CEO and Co-Founder, GeneCapture, Inc.
- Chakri Deverapalli, Founder and President, SouthernCord, Inc.
- John Whitman, CBA ICE Lab Director
UAH alumnus Rob Adams ('00 MAE, '08 Ph.D Mechanical Engineering), owner of MindGear Labs, LLC, will also serve as one of this year's E-Camp guest speakers. MindGear is a prototyping lab, providing equipment for use by the general public and local businesses. The lab is open to anyone who has a great idea and wants to build it.
Watch the WHNT coverage of Experience Entrepreneurship! Week, or for more information, please contact Violet Edwards.