Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy Welcomes Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs

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The 12th annual Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy hosted by the John Cook School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship begins Monday, July 25. High school students interested in learning about what it means to be an entrepreneur can meet successful business owners, create and pitch their own business ideas, collaborate on teams and more – are invited to register. 

This year’s keynote speaker is Haile Thomas, a health advocate, speaker and vegan chef. After her father’s type 2 diabetes diagnosis, Haile’s family began a journey of health and lifestyle changes that inspired her to become an advocate and founder of the HAPPY Organization, to address the need for affordable nutrition education and cooking classes for youth, as well as fun physical activities and opportunities for kids to engage in community service. 

Haile is a Certified Healthy Living Ambassador with the University of Arizona’s Cooperative Extension office 4-H Club at Tucson Village Farm. She currently serves on several boards, and served for three years on the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Youth Advisory Board.  

Haile is one of eight young chefs featured on season one of Rachael vs. Guy Kids-Cook-Off, and Cupcake Wars Kids, both airing on Food Network.  She is a Jr. Chef Advisor for Hyatt Hotel’s For Kids By Kids Menu, and contributing writer for Edible Baja Arizona, and Polish Magazines, sharing healthy recipes and encouraging readers to explore new plant-based recipes. She’s been featured on several TV shows such as TODAY, Rachael Ray, and Dr. Oz. She hosts the “Plant-Powered Haile” Cooking Series on Youtube sharing delicious and nutritious vegan recipes.

A sample of guest speakers include: 

Academy students will participate in a Kickstarter challenge, present elevator pitches, and develop a business plan to pitch to a panel of professionals. The students will also engage in innovation challenges and field trips to local business incubators. Faculty members and Cook School entrepreneurship students will mentor academy students throughout the week.

The academy offers students four entrepreneurship tracks that students can choose to study. 

The four tracks include:

For more information about the Allsup Summer Academy, visit: business.slu.edu or contact Laura Gardner at 314.977.3282 or lauragardner@slu.edu

The Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy attracts entrepreneurial-minded high school students with experiential learning through field trips to area businesses, hands-on group projects where students pitch their ideas to a panel of successful entrepreneurs and more. 

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