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Young Entrepreneurs Program

Feb 13th, 2013 •

“The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers. “ – Abdul Kalam

Noelle Dunckel – Entrepreneurs are getting younger and younger. From Lemonade Day to Inc.com’s 30 Under 30, innovation and problem solving seem to be on the mind of a lot of today’s young people.  That’s no exception here in Indiana. That’s why the ISBDC is partnering with colleges and universities throughout the state to recruit young, entrepreneurial-minded Hoosiers to participate in the second annual Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP).

YEP is designed to connect college-aged entrepreneurs with communities who are looking to bring economic development into their area. The partnership looks something like this:


*Incentives can include anything from free space, to assistance with obtaining loans and grants, to offering free legal and tax advice. The opportunities could be endless.

Students who are interested in participating in YEP are encouraged to like our Facebook page for more information and regular updates. Business plans must be submitted by March 22, 2013 to be considered for the program. Once reviewed and selected, participants will be encouraged to attend a critique event in their region where they will have the opportunity to meet with successful entrepreneurs and  business people who can help polish the business plan and provide pointers on successfully connecting with communities.

On April 25, 2013, these young entrepreneurs and community leaders will meet face-to-face at the Young Entrepreneur Expo at the University of Indianapolis. At this time, participants will have the chance to speak one one-on-one about their business plan idea and communities will reveal the incentives the can offer for a new business to be established in their city. Following this event, communities will make offers to participants, thus beginning the process to small business ownership!

If you are interested in participating in YEP as a student participant, please review the business plan guidelines to get started. If you are interested in participating from the community site, please contact Michael Thissen with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

The Young Entrepreneurs Program is presented by the ISBDC, in partnership with OCRA and the IEDC.

Noelle Dunckel is the Program Coordinator for the ISBDC. Noelle can be reached at ndunckel@isbdc.org.