Registration for Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy approaching

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Final Pitch Day at last years Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy.

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Courtesy Photo / Final Pitch Day at last years Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy.

Anya Zentmeyer

Grand Valley State University will play host to high school students from across West Michigan June 18 to 22 for GVSU’s sixth-annual Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy, which aims to equip students with knowledge about the business startup process and career opportunities in the field.

TESA, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation alongside the Seidman College of Business, culminates with a showcase at the end of the five-day academy, where teams will have a chance to win an iPad and cash prizes totaling at $1,000.

Throughout the week, students will learn about creative idea generation, problem solving, marketing techniques, management philosophies, financial strategies and presentation skills through interactive seminars, team building activities, hands-on research and networking with local entrepreneurs.

In a press release, TESA’s organizers state that the “skill sets learned at TESA are rarely taught in-depth during high school, and preparing each student with an arsenal of entrepreneurial tools will be advantageous for college admissions and resume building.”

Students entering ninth grade through freshman year in college at the Fall 2012 semester are eligible to attend the academy, which is held at GVSU’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the week of June 18.

Registration is due by June 1, and costs each participant $25 with breakfast and lunch included each day; the registration fee will be reimbursed once the participant has attended the academy. GVSU offers an additional academy at the Meijer Campus in Holland June 25 to 29.

To register for TESA, visit and look for the TESA logo.