At a special entrepreneur camp for elementary school students, kids get down to business creating startups, and exercise their creativity and business smarts.
At West Des Moines Community Schools this summer, fifth and sixth grade students started up their own businesses when they participated in the Be the Boss! entrepreneur camp.
The curriculum was designed by the University of Iowa’s Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship. Companies ranged from custom hair bows and greeting cards, to pet collars, baked goods, and personalized crayons. Students designed and created the items, developed financial plans, and designed marketing plans and materials.
“I’ve always loved the fact that I could do something I liked and earn money for it,” said sixth-grade student Nick Edgar. “I come up with new ideas every day.”
Decision making was a big part of the activity from the beginning. Students had the choice of working alone or with a partner, and choices about the products. One student designed all her items using recycled materials.