The North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will hold the 26th Youth Entrepreneurial Academy on June 12-16, followed by pitch presentations. The academy has been designed to help students launch their own businesses with a chance to earn seed money using a curriculum called the Business Model Canvas. The pitch presentations will be held June 20 on NIACC’s campus, where students will compete for $500 in seed money in front of a panel. Participants will receive an automatic $500 Youth Entrepreneurial Academy Scholarship for NIACC for completing the academy. Those who don’t receive seed funding the first year can return to participate for a second year. The weeklong event will be free to students because of the financial support from the John K. and Luise V. Hanson Foundation. For more information, contact Kelley O’Rourke at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 641-422-4234 or