Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

Youth Entrepreneurial Academy 2019

An Exciting Opportunity For Student Entrepreneurs

Five Day Summer Entrepreneurship Academy

What Youth Entrepreneurial Academy (YEA). Learn the ins and outs of starting a business and becoming your own boss. Students will transform ideas and passions into a viable business plan. Every participant will receive a $500 NIACC scholarship and have an opportunity to compete for seed money to launch their business this summer.
When  June 10-14 2019
Time  8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Where North Iowa Area Community College – John Pappajohn Business Center
Who Current high school students
Details Approximately 25 aspiring student entrepreneurs from North Iowa will participate. Join in the interesting activities, insightful guest speakers, and fun field trips. Attend for free, receive travel reimbursement, and win scholarships and seed money!
Apply Applications are also available from your counselor, business teachers or the NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. Print an application or apply online.

Want to learn more? Contact the Pappajohn Center at 641-422-4111 or email:
Kelley O’Rourke: Kelley.O’
Tim Putnam:

Application Information

Priority Deadline: May 16, 2019 or until full

What is the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy?

The Youth Entrepreneurial Academy is a unique opportunity for a motivated high school student like you. It’s designed to provide you with the fundamental skills to start your own business and become an entrepreneur. The Youth Entrepreneurial Academy consists of several components including an evening orientation and a 5 day academy in which you focus on the development of skills, knowledge, and attitudes of entrepreneurship.

Upon successful completion of the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy, you will be awarded a $500 Youth Entrepreneurial Academy Scholarship if you choose to attend NIACC. This scholarship can also be used for summer or on-line classes at NIACC.
Up to $3000 in scholarships are available to students enrolling in the Associate in Applied Science Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management Degree program at NIACC.


1. You must complete the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy application form and return it to the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. Your application package will consist of:

  • A completed application form and statement of commitment, if selected * A self-evaluation of approximately 250 words.
  • A personal recommendation from teacher, employer or coach.
  • A statement of commitment from your parent(s) or guardian supporting your participation in the program.

2. You will participate in a personal interview.
3. The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will notify you regarding your participation in the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy.


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a high school student.
  • Have a history of achievement in academics, employment, or extracurricular activities.
  • Plan to continue your education at a college or university after high school graduation.
  • Be able and willing to commit to attend a five day academy on the NIACC Campus.
  • Have completed the Youth Entrepreneurial Academy student application form and participated in a student interview.


Students will be selected based on combination of the written materials submitted and the personal interview. Students will be assessed in the areas of:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Leadership
  • Motivation and interest
  • Unique competencies or expertise


Academy enrollment includes:

  • $500 Scholarship
  • Travel Expense paid
  • Potential money to start business
  • Access to Incubator Business space

Print an Application or Apply Online

Mail completed applications to:

NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
500 College Drive, Mason City, IA 50401

Youth Entrepreneurial Academy 2016 Winners YEA

North Iowa Youth Entrepreneurial Academy YEA 2018

YEA Youth Entrepreneurial Academy Winners NIACC

Iowa Youth Entrepreneurial Academy YEA NIACC

Iowa Youth Entrepreneurial Academy YEA Winners

Winners – (Front Row) Gavin Scroggins, Devin Uhlenhopp, (Back Row) Rebekah Sletten, Madison Potter, TJ Hauser and Rachel Snyder

Youth Entrepreneurial Academy Presentation Day

Belmond/Klemme – Aaron and Marcus Nelson, Clear Lake – Samantha Craighton, Olivia Hanna-Marken, Kayla Kerns and, Regatta Olinger, Forest City – Dakota Richardson, Garner/Hayfield/Ventura – Derek Lonneman, Hampton/Dumont – Peter Bollhagen and Duncan Wood, Mason City – Skyler Marshall, Angelica Post and Cassandra Shober, Osage – Jessie Gast, St. Ansgar – Jennifer Johnson, W-C-T – Shayla Banchs Gavin Scroggin; Osage – Madison Potter, Rebekah Sletten, Wyatt Spitz; West Fork – Lea Carlson

YEA Donation to Sci Can Youth Entrepreneurial Academy