Middle school students learn about entrepreneurship at UWL

First Ventures Middle School Business Fair

Dozens of middle school students are exploring ways to turn after school hobbies, projects and ideas into real businesses.

UW-La Crosse hosted 160 middle school students from seven area schools today for the inaugural “First Ventures Middle School Business Fair.” At the event, students heard how passions can lead to entrepreneurship from local business owners.

Organizers say instilling entrepreneurship values early can have a big impact.

“Sometimes they think, ‘Oh, I’m going to start a pet sitting business,’ or ‘Maybe I can make jewellry or photography.’ In today’s world they’ve got ideas for apps and other concepts that they actually at this age could turn into a business,” said UW-La Crosse Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Director Anne Lhavacka.

The middle schoolers also heard from three high school entrepreneurs who are finalists in the ‘Wisconsin YES!’ competition.