New Albany Academy

Nomination deadline has been extended to April 18, 2014!

Nominations for the New Albany Academy are open until APRIL 18, 2014 for participation in the program which will be held June 15-20, 2014.  For more information, contact Juliana Casavan at or visit us on Facebook at


Program Mission

The goal of the Entrepreneurship Academy is to provide innovative math, science and technology-based business and life skills that empower young people, and offer them unique opportunities and real-world experiences.

Program Overview

The Purdue Research Park and Indiana University Southeast are offering an opportunity to incoming high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate an aptitude in the areas of math, science and technology along with an interest in entrepreneurship.  For the second year, the Entrepreneurship Academy is being offered at two locations in Indiana.  Students will have the opportunity to attend at Purdue University campus in West Lafayette or at our southern location being hosted by Purdue Technology Center of Southeast Indiana, Purdue University’s College of Technology in New Albany and Indiana University Southeast.

Selected students will attend a five-day, high-tech focused Entrepreneurship Academy at Purdue University’s campus in West Lafayette, June 22-27, 2014, or Indiana University Southeast’s campus in New Albany, June 15-20, 2014.  Indiana students may select which location they would like to attend by indicating on the Nomination Form.  Kentucky students are also eligible to attend the Academy in New Albany.  In the attached information packet you will find details on both locations and how to apply.

The Academy is led by Purdue Research Foundation, College of Technology and Indiana University Southeast faculty and staff with critical assistance from industry leaders and successful high-tech business entrepreneurs. Students work in teams on a fundamental business case to determine the best way for a business to compete, identify capital needs to start a business and devise a plan for managing a business successfully.

Participants are provided with business cases, two days of instruction and necessary materials to assist them in the successful completion of the program. On the final day, teams give a 15-minute “investor pitch” to a panel of judges in a business plan competition setting.  Tuition vouchers are awarded to the top teams whose presentations are judged as having the most solid business strategy and potential for success.