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Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship Offers Summer Program Online

Thanks to SLU’s Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship, the ongoing public health situation this summer won’t be a barrier for local high school students looking to grow their business and leadership skills. For the first time, the center’s popular Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy will be offered online, giving participants the chance to connect with like minded students across the region while learning from other young entrepreneurs.

“At a time when so many summer camps are being canceled, the Chaifetz School of Business is excited to provide high school students this unique enrichment opportunity in a new format,” said Interim Edward Jones Dean Scott Duellman, Ph.D. “And to support those who are facing new burdens in these challenging times, we’re happy to offer the program at no cost in 2020.” 

Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy particpants tour coworking space.

Past Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy participants tour a coworking space for start-ups. The 2020 camp will include virtual office tours and other interactive activities and workshops online.

The camp will be held online July 27-31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include interactive workshops, virtual tours, collaborative innovation challenges and mentorship opportunities. The camp will conclude with a virtual pitch competition.

“In addition to engaging activities, this year’s virtual format gives us the chance to connect our local students with inspiring teen entrepreneurs from across the country,” said Laura Brugger, Coordinator of High School Programs at the Chaifetz School and director of the camp. “We hope the virtual format gives even more students access to participate.”

Keynote speakers include Gabby Goodwin, CEO of Confidence, who invented GaBBY Bows at age 7 with her mom and recently signed a national retail deal with Target. Jahkil Jackson, founder of nonprofit Project I AM whose work has been honored by the Obama Foundation, Lebron James, Nike and BET, will also speak to participants.

Registration for the 2020 Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy is now open. For more information or to volunteer, contact Laura Brugger at

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About the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship 

Founded in 1987, the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship at SLU’s Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business is known for its innovative approach to entrepreneurship. The center is a national leader in developing and delivering innovative high school, college and community programs to promote entrepreneurship through education and supports the school’s nationally ranked academic programs in entrepreneurship to foster economic growth.