Young Entrepreneurs Camp

2019 JA Young Entrepreneurs Camp Highlights

Aspiring entrepreneurs pose with Salsa Lisa founder Lisa Nicholson

This year’s Young Entrepreneurs Camp attracted an innovative group of aspiring entrepreneurs. Check out the fun and educational activities they did at camp:

  • Campers dove into the Shark Tank, pitching their business idea to a panel of judges from several local businesses. In order to receive funding, the campers needed to explain details about their company and answer some tough questions from the sharks. .
  • We welcomed local entrepreneur Lisa Nicholson, founder and CFO of Salsa Lisa. She shared her journey from farmer’s market entrepreneur to CFO of one of the largest salsa brands in the United States. Following her presentation, Lisa spiced things up by sharing plates of her medium salsa with chips with the campers.
  • A representative from the United States Green Build Council met with campers to talk about sustainability and small steps any business can do to become environmentally friendly, such as creating a garden rooftop, turning off the lights at night, low flush toilets, recycling. The Campers were even given a pop quiz on the LEED certified businesses in the Twin Cities.
  • Three JA students from Mounds View High School who created EcoSlurp shared their inspiration with the campers. These innovative students created a company that offers an eco-friendly bubble tea straw alternative that biodegrades 250 times faster than a regular plastic straw.
  • Big Spirit Marketing gave a valuable presentation about marketing and advertising. Campers how to promote their JA BizTown business with branding, logos, and advertising.
  • Nicole Loeffler Reid from Gestalt Consulting amazed the kids with her energetic presentation about What It Takes To Be A Leader. The kid CEO’s and their business teams learned about interpersonal skills, and how to step up to not be just a boss but what it takes to truly become a great leader.
  • Johnathan Johnson, owner of Home Grown shared his journey of starting his own clothing company from scratch. He talked to the campers about how he came up with his innovative design and how he markets his product nationwide.
  • Finally, campers got to work in a real job in JA BizTown while learning about different careers, how to run a successful business, and how to work together as a team. This is where they put together everything they learned during their week at camp.