Entrepreneurship Activities, Events, and Camps for Students / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

The Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurship Digest is a recurring series of curated posts highlighting entrepreneurship, start-ups and small businesses in the Fort Wayne area. Contact Living Fort Wayne at info@livingfortwayne.com if you have stories or information to share.


Entrepreneurship Activities, Events and Camps for Students

Do you have a student in your life who is interested in building up their skills to someday start their very own business? Organizations from around the area have put together several summer-only and year-round resources to help students succeed in entrepreneurship. Let’s take a look at some highlights!


Lemonade Day – Northeast Indiana

Lemonade Day in Northeast Indiana empowers young people to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by enabling them to participate in a free experiential learning program where they are taught to own and operate their own lemonade stand.

Date – May 19, 2018


Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana

Do you remember Junior Achievement representatives visiting your classroom when you were a student in northeast Indiana? Junior Achievement (JA) continues to provide valuable resources to students from elementary school to high school. JA teaches basic business, career, workplace and economics concepts to kindergarten to 5th grade students. In addition to this, JA BizTown is a fully-simulated town where students are immersed in lessons and hands-on activities as they develop skills to participate in the economy.

Junior Achievement Youth Entrepreneurship Camp

This five-day summer camp is aimed at students going into grades six through eight in 2018-19.

Monday-Friday, June 18-22, 2018

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

JA BizTown – 601 Noble Drive, Fort Wayne, IN


Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) Student Venture Lab (SVL) Program

The Student Venture Lab program by the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center guides northeast Indiana high school and college students through three phases of venture formation:

  • Phase 1 – Product Pitch
  • Phase 2 – Product Execution
  • Phase 3 – Product Launch

Learn more on the NIIC’s website.


South Bend Code School at Start Fort Wayne

The South Bend Code School has partnered with Start Fort Wayne to expose students ages 11-18 to relevant technology skills and technology-related education and career paths. Students may take the skills they develop in this code school and apply it to their future careers or to a future business venture.


Purdue Fort Wayne Continuing Studies – Summer Entrepreneurship Camp for Teens

In the Purdue Fort Wayne Continuing Studies Summer Entrepreneurship Camp for Teens, High school-aged participants will learn their personal work style, motivators and skill sets as they develop their business idea. Participants will be guided through the start-up process by local business innovators who are passionate about helping the next generation succeed in serving the marketplace and the community.

Monday-Wednesday, June 18-20, 2018

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

IPFW Helmke Library (Monday and Tuesday)

Downtown Fort Wayne (Wednesday)

*Disclosure – Blog writer is an employee of Purdue University Fort Wayne and assisting on the organizing for this event.


Believe in A Dream – Believe in Your Business 

Believe in Your Business prepares high school students in their journey to starting and owning their own ventures. Currently BIYB is creating programming for students to explore entrepreneurship by getting hands-on experience without being required to start a business while in school.

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Young Entrepreneurs Meetup by Believe in Your Business

This program by Believe in a Dream’s Believe in Your Business Initiative is a monthly program aimed at students and recent grads from the ages of 18 to 25. Facilitator Steve Franks leads a discussion with current and future young entrepreneurs as they work through issues related to their business.

Date – Second Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted)

Time – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location – IPFW Helmke Library


Did We Slip Up and Miss Something?

Are you part of an organization offering entrepreneurship resources in the area? Are you not seeing your resource for students at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary level? Email us the details at info@livingfortwayne.com.


Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurship Digest

Living Fort Wayne provides this digest of entrepreneurship-related events and resources at the end of each entrepreneurship post. If you are an existing (or aspiring) entrepreneur, check out these resources to connected with who you need to be connected with to succeed in Northeast Indiana.

1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Weekly Presentations

New Events and Resources on a Weekly Basis!

1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information on how to present and a list of upcoming presenters.

Watch past presentations on Facebook.


Down the River Podcast

New Content on A Regular Basis!

“Down the River is committed to bringing to light the amazing stories of the entrepreneurs of Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas. If you would like to be featured on our podcast please let us know! We would love to let the public hear your story.” Go to their website to listen to their latest episodes, which are released nearly every week.


Input Fort Wayne Entrepreneurship Articles

New Content on a Weekly Basis!

News Resources from our news partner, Input Fort Wayne.

Input Fort Wayne (inputfortwayne.com) is a news resource that has a “mission is to ignite passion and inspire innovation in northeast Indiana by highlighting bold startups, places, projects, and ideas.” New pieces on a variety of topics are released weekly. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to have content delivered straight to your inbox.

Click here to view the latest entrepreneurship content from Input Fort Wayne.


Current Fort Wayne Calendar of Events

Do you have an event coming up? Submit your details to our Living Fort Wayne calendar here, which is part of the Current Fort Wayne network of calendars. There are entrepreneurship and professional development subsections on this calendar.

All other announcements may be directed to info@livingfortwayne.com.


Resource and Event links

Looking for more resources and events in the area? Browse the following resources for events and activities in the area.

Links to Most Entrepreneurship Resources in the Area!

Entrepreneurship in the Greater Fort Wayne area (by Greater Fort Wayne)

Announcements, Discussions, and More!

Start Fort Wayne Community Facebook Group


Tim Zink

Author: Tim Zink

Director-at-Large of Living Fort Wayne since July 2017. Contributor to Living Fort Wayne since April 2014. @twzink

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