The North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will hold its 2024 Youth Entrepreneurial Academy from June 3 to June 7 in Mason City. The event is designed to teach students about starting their own business and other entrepreneurial skills.

On June 11, they will participate in a pitch competition for the chance to receive $500 in seed funding. Students will also have the opportunity to network with local entrepreneurs, tour local businesses and develop leadership skills. Every participant will receive an automatic $500 Youth Entrepreneurial Academy Scholarship to NIACC for completing the academy. The event is free, but applications are required. The deadline to apply is May 17. Applications can be found online at or by contacting the Pappajohn Center directly at