Light the Entrepreneurial Spark in Your Child

According to a Gallup poll, about four in 10 students grades fifth through 12th plan to start their own business and/or invent something that changes the world. Changing the world, or a corner of it, often starts with creating something new. A movement has taken hold rejecting the idea that entrepreneurship is innate – that “some have it, and some don’t.” Experts believe entrepreneurship can be taught, and the earlier the better.

Upcoming events and camps in in the Indy metro area are the perfect way to introduce your child to the wonderful world of entrepreneurship.

Below are four events and camps designed to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in curious kids:
Lemonade Day Indy

Lemonade Day is a nationwide celebration of youth entrepreneurship. Beyond the lemonade stand, Lemonade Day is a strategic 14-step process that walks kids from an idea to a business plan, while teaching them the same principles required to start any big company. Inspiring kids to work hard and make a profit, they are also taught to spend some, save some and share some by giving back to their community. May 20, Locations vary..

The Next Launch

Tweens and teens can watch their peers compete for “Best Business Idea” and $10,000 at “The Next Launch.” Nine teams of students from Fishers High School, Culver Academies and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy will present their business ideas to a panel of judges, Shark Tank style. 1 – 4 p.m., May 17, Launch Fishers, 12175 Visionary Way, Fishers, IN 46038

JA BizTown Summer Camps

What’s more fun than being an entrepreneur for a week? JA BizTown Summer Camps offer kids ages nine to 13 the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of starting a business from the pros. By the end of the week, campers will brainstorm, design, create, patent, and market an invention or business of their own. Dates vary, 7435 N Keystone Ave B, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Maker Camps at Conner Prairie

Junior makers, builders, and do-it-yourselfers can explore a variety of materials, techniques and skills, both historic and modern, and then use them in creative ways. Combining art, crafts and engineering, this camp will inspire campers to create and innovate – two activities required of entrepreneurs. Dates vary, 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN 46038

Channel your child’s energy into entrepreneurship and watch them create innovations that have the power to fuel their future. Encourage invention early on and they’ll benefit from increased confidence, creativity and determination — qualities every parent appreciates.

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