Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy
Launch an Idea Out of this World!


For the past eight years the Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy has built high school students into budding entrepreneurs. The Teen Academy is designed for high school students entering grades 9 through college freshmen in the Fall 2014 semester and attracts students from across the state of Michigan. During the five day academy, teams of four to five students from different schools manufacture an original business pitch from the idea stage to a developed concept. On the final day, each team will present their idea to a panel of local business professionals for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1,000! 

June 16-20, 2014 

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Day 1 Industry Overview & Market Research
Day 2  Marketing Plan
Day 3 Management & Operational Planning
Day 4 Financial Instructional Plan & Presentation Planning
Day 5 Final Pitch Competition & Award Ceremony
TESA Grand Rapids
9:00AM Students Arrive
9:25AM  Instructional Session
11:30AM  Lunch Break
2:00PM   Planning/ Workshop
2:45PM  Launch Activity/ Reflections
4:00PM Dismissal
Grand Valley

GVSU Campus

Located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus provides students with access to community resources such as businesses, hospitals and government agencies. These institutions provide internships and act as research hubs for students to compete in a knowledge-driven economy. GVSU has gladly offered the use of its Pew Campus to help students get the most out of their TESA experience. Located at 50 Front Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49504. 

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Fee: $150 for the entire week (includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks)

Please Register online by May 23. Students will be prompted to submit a 200-word essay during the registration process, so it is advised to type this essay in a word processor first. Payment is required for registration. Please contact CEI with any additional questions at cei@gvsu.edu or 616-331-7582.

*A select number of scholarships are available for students who need financial assistance. Students seeking financial assistance should contact CEI prior to registration.




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Email us at cei@gvsu.edu or call  616-331-7582.


Will my son or daughter need to provide his or her own transportation? Yes, you will need to provide your own transportation to and from the facility. Students who wish to drive themselves must follow these parking guidelines. Please park in the Watson St. lot.

Will lunch be provided at the summer academy? Yes, lunch will be provided for the students; this cost is incorporated into the registration fee. Students will also be provided with breakfast each morning at the academy.

What kind of business ideas will the students be building their plans around? This year's theme is Farming and Agriculture.

What is the dress code? Students will be given a TESA t-shirt to wear for the first four days of the academy. These t-shirts help staff recognize and keep track of teams. Students are expected to be dressed in business/office attire for their pitch on the fifth and final day. Review Dress Code.

Is my son or daughter expected to attend the academy in its entirety; what if they have a conflict? Yes, students are expected to be present each day and support the efforts of their team. Please contact CEI at cei@gvsu.edu or 616-331-7582 if a student must leave early, arrive late or miss a day.

Will my son or daughter need to bring any materials with them?  All materials including pens, pencils, paper, supplies or any other tools needed to further the experience at the academy will be provided. We will provide university computers for the students, but because many of the students perform in-depth research, they are allowed to bring laptop computers at their own risk.

Are overnight accommodations available?  Yes, overnight accommodations can be arranged for an additional fee. This option is only available to students who reside outside of the greater Grand Rapids area. For more information and rates please contact CEI at cei@gvsu.edu or 616-331-7582

Are scholarships available? Yes, we have a select number of scholarships available to help assist the program cost for students with financial need. Please contact CEI at cei@gvsu.edu or 616-331-7582 for more information.


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