Summers@Mizzou Program educates Young Entrepreneurs

Taylor Plunkett, Brandon Banks, Hunter Hedgepath, and Kayla Huff after the Build-A-Business Camp Pitch Competition.

Taylor Plunkett, Brandon Banks, Hunter Hedgepath, and Kayla Huff after the Build-A-Business Camp Pitch Competition.

There is something to be said for a program that remains consistent in it’s mission to educate youth on entrepreneurship. Over the summer, 16 youth gathered on the campus of the University of Missouri – Columbia (Mizzou) to partake in an annual summer camp put on by MU 4-H Extension and it’s partners.


This camp that happened the week of July 13 – 17, 2014 generated 3 students who then proceeded on to apply for the MADE Competition and get accepted under the mentorship of counselor, Brandon Banks. Throughout the week of camp (Sunday night – Thursday evening) campers learned many things about business and even developed their own micro-business idea. These students, ages 12 – 17, had ideas that span from custom T-shirts to custom skateboard designs, school sport themed cupcakes, and even to the idea to develop phone apps to make life easier.


On Thursday, the campers prepared for their final step of camp, a competition against each other. These campers pitched their ideas to three judges in hopes to be named “Overall Champion”. The final day’s competition named an overall winner, first place in youth and senior youth category, as well as a runner-up in each respective category. The Build-A-Business Camp winners were as follows:

Pitch competition overall winner:
Hunter Hedgepath, custom skateboards/t-shirts

Age 15-18 division:
1st place – Hunter Hedgepath, Runner-up – Kayla Huff

Age 12-14 division:
1st place – Hallie Lindsey, Runner-up – Kaitlyn Roberts


Now it is time for Hunter Hedgepath, Kayla Huff, and the third MU Camp graduate, Taylor Plunkett, to show what they learned and compete in the business competition – MADE, at the State Fair on August 12, 2014. Wish them luck!


Brandon Banks (@brandonbanksbiz), a serial entrepreneur began his entrepreneurial adventure at a young age and currently travels to educate students on the possibility of seizing the day and moving toward their dreams of being their own boss. Together in collaboration with his network Banks disrupts common traditional barriers and exposes that through proper support anyone can be an entrepreneur regardless of where they are at in life. Check out more of Banks’ writing here:


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