Saint Louis University

The Center for Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business will host the 2012 Allsup Summer Entrepreneurship Academy Monday-Friday, July 23-27, at John and Lucy Cook Hall, 3674 Lindell Boulevard.

Interim Dean K. Ravindra, Ph.D., shares information with 2011 Allsup Summer Entrepreneurship Academy students during a tour of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. Submitted photo

Offered each summer since 2005, the week offers high school students (incoming freshmen to outgoing seniors) an opportunity to learn entrepreneurial concepts and principles, including how to start their own businesses.

The Allsup Summer Entrepreneurship Academy uses experiential learning, problem solving and case studies to educate young people on how to start and operate a business while instilling an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset.

The goal of the Academy is to help students develop a business concept. Topics include defining entrepreneurship, opportunity recognition, characteristics of a successful entrepreneur, income and financial statements, return on investments, inventions and product development, financing strategy, cost of goods sold, marketing and advertising, competitive analysis, and professional presentation methods.

The class also provides interaction with entrepreneurs and local professionals to develop possible mentor relationships and internship opportunities.

Using program materials developed by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Allsup Academy is designed to spark an interest in entrepreneurship in this age group.

The academy will meet from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Friday will be spent presenting the business concepts created by the students to a panel of judges and cash prizes are awarded.

The tuition for the academy is $495. However generous scholarships are available based on high school GPA, activities in and out of the school environment, financial need and the desire to attend. Enrollment is limited.

The program is sponsored by SLU's Center for Entrepreneurship and the Allsup Inc. with additional support from the Albrecht Family Foundation and the Coleman Foundation.

Click here for a 2012 brochure and registration form.

For additional information, contact Jeanne Rhodes in the Center for Entrepreneurship at rhodesja@SLU.EDU or (314) 977-3850.