iCREATE Summer Camp

Launched in 2016, iCREATE is a 7-day overnight camp for kids ages 14-17 where students come together from all over the country to create and start a real business venture in one week. Participants arrive on Sunday afternoon, meet each other, and are given a broad theme. Through the course of the week, they learn from entrepreneurs as they create products for sale the following Saturday at an actual retail store, pocketing their portion of net earnings. Coordinated by the School of Human Sciences and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Outreach, college students at MSU serve as coordinators and counselors for the week and guide campers along the way.

What Do Participants Do?

  • Brainstorm product ideas around a given theme
  • Conduct 30-50 face-to-face consumer interviews to iterate product ideas
  • Design, source, and build product ideas
  • Navigate financials and make decisions on loans vs. equity investments
  • Plan, layout, and promote a retail storefront
  • Manage and sell products for a 4-hour pop-up shop
  • Review performance, and if successful, pocket their percentage of net earnings

Dates & Locations:

iCREATE North MS (Starkville, MS) — Sunday, June 5, 2022 – Saturday, June 11, 2022
Application Deadline May 1st, 2022

iCREATE Gulf Coast (Pascagoula, MS) — Sunday, July 10, 2022 – Saturday, July 16, 2022
Application Deadline June 1st, 2022

Additional Details:

Cost: $695.00 (includes overnight accommodation, all meals, and supplies). $50 deposit required to reserve a spot. Scholarships are available.

Eligibility: This intensive and innovative program is for high school teens (ages 14-17), which are interested in launching their own business, blog, brand, or website related to fashion, technology, or innovations available to consumers.

Sponsors:  Jackson County Mississippi Economic Development Foundation, MSU College of Business, MSU School of Human Sciences

Questions? Contact iCREATE Camp Director, Brooke Lammert at blammert@ecenter.msstate.edu.