The largest entrepreneurship event for kids in North America. The one-day Business Fair is a culmination of ideas and hard work from great young minds.
Observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business!
Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace.
We will host 115 booths at the 8th Annual event on the lawn of the Pease Mansion on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10am – 1pm.
This event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, and the generous support of our donors and volunteers. We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.
Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk or Oprah Winfrey or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across this country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs and serve their communities.
Visit www.actonhero.org to hear stories about the heroic entrepreneurial journey.
1606 Niles Road
Austin, TX 78703
October 25th, 2014
10a - 1p
Acton Children's Business Fair 2014
Scroll to the bottom to find the 2014 application.
We had an overwhelming response last year, so be sure to complete your application as soon as possible because applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Due to the overwhelming growth we have seen over the past few years, we will have a FIRM cap on the number of booths at 115.
We will take great care to limit the number of businesses in specific categories so we will not have too many similar business concepts.
If your business idea has similar entries that were accepted before your submission, we will notify you so you have the opportunity to resubmit a new application.Applicants must be between the ages of 6 - 14 on or before the APPLICATION OPEN date, August 7th.
All entries will be automatically entered in the business competition, and booths will be judged by fellow entrepreneurs on a variety of criteria, including: most original business idea, highest business potential, and best presentation/creativity.
Cash prizes of $50 per category and age group (to be split among the business owners) will be presented at the conclusion of The Fair.
No businesses requiring electricity will be allowed.
Each booth consists of a 6-foot table, full-cover tenting, and 2 chairs. Table covers are not provided.
No more than 3 participants per booth/business idea.
Parents of younger children may sit in their booth, but the children are to be responsible for the setup, sales and interacting with the customers.
This event is designed to give children a taste of selling a product. Please let them have that experience.
Any parent seen selling to the customer or promoting the child’s product will result in disqualification from the competition.
Please submit one application for each business. (Children working as a group may submit one application with all children’s info).
The competition will be judged in the following FOUR age categories: Ages 6-7, 8-10, 11-12, and 13-14.
If children of different age groups prepare a booth together, they will be judged in the age group of the oldest participant.
Please note that you may help your child fill out the booth application, but depending on their age, they are expected to do as much as possible by themselves.
We will begin to notify accepted applicants in late August, and will continue until we reach our cap of 115 businesses.
We will have a final deadline of September 27th to ensure proper planning for everyone involved.
Instead of an application fee at the time of submission, we will instead be collecting a $20 participation fee from all accepted business ideas.
APPLICATION FOR THE 2014 ACTON CHILDREN'S BUSINESS FAIR
Please note: You will NOT be able to save and return to an in-progress application, so please be sure you and your children have the information required to complete the full form in one session!
Come think through your business ideas with us! Join in for the FREE pizza party and then listen to Amy from Amy's Ice Cream as she shares her entrepreneurial journey.
The Launch event is a great opportunity to bring your ideas and any questions you have about starting your business, meet or reconnect with participants from previous years - and maybe even find your future business partner! This is a great way to get prepared for the event in October.
After a short information session, sit back and listen to an inspiring talk from one of Austin's original and most-loved entrepreneurs - Amy Simmons from Amy's Ice Cream.
Fill out the quick form below if you plan on attending and we will make sure to save you a seat...and some pizza!
Interested in supporting entrepreneurship in Austin?
We still have a limited number of partnership and donor opportunities available - please send us a short note with your contact information and we will be sure to get in touch!
Business Fair Judges
Do you consider yourself well-versed in communicating with kids and interested in judging their entrepreneurial abilities? Or do you know someone that would be a great addition to our team of judges?
We would love to talk to anyone that might be interested in joining us - please send us a short note with your contact information and we will be sure to get in touch