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Have you ever thought about starting your own business?

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) gives you the skills to turn an idea into a fully operational business venture in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

You’ll learn how to take a written concept and develop that concept into a business venture—all while working together as a team. Each team will “pitch” their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win the Business Concept Challenge Competition and earn a Presidential Scholarship from Eastern Kentucky University.

ELI, a one-week summer leadership program, gives aspiring student entrepreneurs a real-life experience to learn what it takes to become successful business owners and entrepreneurs. The program is open to high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

“ELI has been a great learning experience of how the business world works and how a simple idea can turn into a business venture. The program helped me to learn how to be a team player and work with others to accomplish a goal,” 2016 ELI graduate Colton Morrow of Wayne County

 If you are interested in learning more about what it takes to become an entrepreneur and perhaps start your own business one day, click here to apply for ELI. Remember you must apply by midnight on March 1, 2017.

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