WHAT: Campers spend their days learning about entrepreneurship, interacting with local successful entrepreneurs and developing a business idea of their own that they can take to market at the local farmers market.

COST: Register early and take advantage of early-bird pricing! Pay in full Feb. 1 through March 22: $200 per camper. March 23 to May 24: $250 per camper.

WHERE: Jacobson Institute day camps are held in the Iowa City area, Marion and Des Moines. You may apply from anywhere to any camp, but priority is given to local students. Accommodations for out-of-town campers and transportation to/from camp are not provided. Maps to camp locations.

HOURS: Camp runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Extended hours are available for an additional fee at Iowa City camps only. Extended hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday. On market day, campers will reconvene in the evening and help staff their booth.

MEALS: Campers bring their own lunch, except for Pizza Party Day near the end of the week.

COMMUNICATIONS: Most camp communications from the Jacobson Institute will come from Please add us to your contacts/address book to ensure you receive our emails, and check your spam folder for missing communications.


Camp registration opens Feb. 1 each year. Registration links become active at that time and will remain open until the final deadline or the camp fills.
Iowa City camp
Iowa City
2019 dates: June 10-14 (grades 5-6) and June 17-21 (grades 7-9)
Marion camp
2019 dates: June 10-14 (grades 5-8)
Des Moines camp
Des Moines
2019 dates: June 17-21 (grades 5-8)

Directions: Click the links for location maps.

IOWA CITY CAMPS University of Iowa Kirkwood Regional Center
MARION CAMP Hills Bank and Trust Company
DES MOINES CAMP Iowa Center for Higher Education