Helping prepare aspiring young entrepreneurs to be tomorrow’s leaders is the aim of CEO Academy, an annual weeklong summer camp presented by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida in partnership with the Institute for Entrepreneurship at FGCU’s Lutgert College of Business.
This year’s camp is set for June 22-26 and will take place at Lutgert College from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Open to rising high school juniors and seniors from Southwest Florida, CEO Academy teaches students the basics of starting and operating a successful business. With the guidance of experienced local business leaders, entrepreneurs and FGCU professors, academy participants work in project teams to develop a unique business concept and comprehensive business plan. At week’s end, a panel of Junior Achievement Laureates, who have been recognized for their own exceptional practices in entrepreneurship, act as expert judges for the business plan competition.
Each student on the winning team receives a $1,000 college scholarship. There is a $100 application fee (which is refunded if the applicant is not selected to attend). The application deadline in May 1. For more information, contact the Junior Achievement office at (239) 225-2590.
Save the date
Sandra K. Kauanui of FGCU’s College of Business was presented the inaugural Breaking Par Award from Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida during the third annual Breaking Par for Junior Achievement event on April 25, at The Club at Grandezza in Estero. The award was created to recognize an individual who has demonstrated longstanding commitment to the organization. Kauanui is the department chair of management, director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and professor of management at Lutgert College, and a board member of Junior Achievement since 2014. She has played a major role in the success of the CEO Academy.