Grand Rapids Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy

The Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy (TESA) is a hands-on, interactive camp for West Michigan high school students to learn how to launch a business. Academy participants will be exposed to the importance of networking (with students and professionals), target market research and idea generation during the business development process. The curriculum is based on the Career Pathways Program and National Entrepreneurship Education Standards.

For the past five years TESA has built high school students into budding entrepreneurs. Students living in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area will have the opportunity to work on the GVSU Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and have full access to all the resources the university has to offer. Students will use the campus faciltiies as they come together and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills.

A combination of brainstorming activities, teambuilding lessons and a field trip to an entrepreneurial center will supplement each student’s creative problem solving task. The final day concludes with a judged business pitch by each team. $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.

The Student Enterprise Association is excited to serve as mentors throughout the camp for high school students as we explore Urban development through the lens of entrepreneurship.

The camp runs from June 18- 22.

For more information on the Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy please visit


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