Native American Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Are you interested in being your own boss? Do you have a product or service idea you'd like to turn into a business?

NNI’s Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp (NAYEC) will help you build entrepreneurial skills, gain real-world experience, and teach you how to plan, implement, and run your own business. With the guidance of highly qualified instructors, you will learn the basics of economics and business plan preparation.


  • Participate in fun, hands-on projects
  • Transform ideas into business plans
  • Gain lifelong leadership skills
  • Meet with Native American business professionals
  • Collaborate with students from Native nations from across the U.S.

  • During the five-day camp, students will reside on campus, eat in the Student Union Memorial Center, and attend classes on and off the UA campus. The Youth Marketplace will give you the chance to use your new skills to try running your own business. Plus, you’ll write a plan for a real business that you can begin as soon as you return home!

    JUNE 15-19, 2020 at the UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

    The aim of NAYEC is to foster skills to encourage private-sector development in Indian Country by teaching high-school youth the basics of economics, computer skills, strategies for success, and business-plan preparation.


    Start making money! As part of the session materials, each student receives $10 of “venture capital” to purchase wholesale inventory to sell at a youth marketplace that will be open to the public. This project teaches students: sales techniques; how to price and forecast sales; and record-keeping.


    During the Camp, students will create a business plan to be implemented once they return home. At the business plan showcase, each student will make a formal presentation of their business plan to a panel of judges. Three cash prizes will be awarded to help fund the most promising businesses.


    NAYEC was created for Indigenous high school juniors or seniors (as of Fall 2020), or spring 2020 high school graduates. The camp is limited to 20 participants, so register early!

    APPLY NOW and include the following:

    • A 250-word essay on: "My Community in the Year 2030"
    • $375 tuition fee OR an approval letter indicating that funding will be provided by a tribal program or department

    Limited partial scholarships are available, contact us!

    Complete online application by May 31st and mail check (payable to "University of Arizona/Native Nations Institute for Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp") to:

    Native Nations Institute: Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp
    University of Arizona
    803 E. First Street
    Tucson, AZ 85719

    NAYEC is made possible by generous support from Microsoft and the Udall Foundation.

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