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Entrepreneurship Academy Underway in Southeast Indiana

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More than two dozen high school students from Indiana and Kentucky are taking part in a five-day program focusing on starting businesses. The New Albany Entrepreneurship Academy begins today and is a partnership between the Purdue Research Park and Indiana University Southeast School of Business.

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June 16, 2014

News Release

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - Fourteen Indiana high school students and 11 Kentucky high school students from six counties will learn about creating their own startups during the second annual New Albany Entrepreneurship Academy, Monday (June 16) through Friday (June 20).
The New Albany Entrepreneurship Academy is a weeklong program during which Purdue Research Park experts and faculty from Indiana University Southeast's School of Business will introduce students to the process of entrepreneurship. Students also will experience campus life at a university, participate in recreational outings and attend a networking event.

Students will form teams, assess their assigned technology's commercial viability and learn the steps of starting a new company. The programming is based on a methodology called "So what? who cares? why you?" developed by Wendy Kennedy, a technology industry executive, professor and author.

At the conclusion of the academy, teams give an investor presentation to a panel of judges. Members of the winning team will receive tuition vouchers that are accepted at all Purdue University campuses or Indiana University Southeast.

Paul Moses, director of the Purdue Technology Center of Southeast Indiana, said the New Albany Entrepreneurship Academy impacts attendees' views about entrepreneurship.

"The academy provides students a chance to explore different aspects of business and network with entrepreneurs who have been successful in their field," he said. "Participants are able to hone their skills from an early stage in their professional development and apply their knowledge outside the classroom."

The 2014 academy participants are:
CITY STATE ZIP FIRST NAME LAST NAME SCHOOL
Evansville IN 47715 Emily Elkins William Henry Harrison High School
Floyds Knobs IN 47119 Kyle Kinney Community Montessori
Jeffersonville IN 47130 Rachel Esarey Jeffersonville High School
Louisville KY 40205 Clayton Ellington duPont Manual High School
Louisville KY 40208 Thomas Jackson J. Graham Brown School
Louisville KY 40208 Martin Walsh duPont Manual High School
Louisville KY 40213 Connor Dosch Saint Xavier High School
Louisville KY 40216 Brett Kern Doss High School
Louisville KY 40222 Kendrick Yuen duPont Manual High School
Louisville KY 40229 Hailey Tolliver North Bullitt High School
Louisville KY 40241 Sarah Schwartz duPont Manual High School
Louisville KY 40258 Sidney Blair Pleasure Ridge Park High School
Louisville KY 40291 Kessandra Ballard North Bullitt High School
Madison IN 47250 Patrick Grady Madison Consolidated High School
Memphis IN 47143 Grayson Buttler Community Montessori
New Albany IN 47150 Kunal Bhanushali New Albany High School
New Albany IN 47150 Keval Butala New Albany High School
New Albany IN 47150 Isaiah Hickman New Albany High School
New Albany IN 47150 Stephanie Price New Albany High School
North Vernon IN 47265 Samantha Wathen Jennings County High School
North Vernon IN 47265 Kathryn Wathen Jennings County High School
Sellersburg IN 47172 Sarah Brown Silver Creek High School
Sellersburg IN 47172 Jacob Steele Silver Creek High School
Sellersburg IN 47172 Mitchell Traylor Silver Creek High School
Shepherdsville KY 40165 Harley Ledbetter North Bullitt High School

Duke Energy Foundation is the headline partner for the academy. Other partners include Blue Sky Foundation, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and Ogle Foundation. The Purdue Foundry is an organizer of the New Albany Entrepreneurship Academy.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The Purdue Research Park manages the Purdue Technology Centers in four sites in Indiana located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany. The more than 260 companies located in the park network employ about 4,500 people who earn an average annual wage of $63,000. The park is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year by the National Business Incubator Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org

Source: The Purdue Research Park

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