Acton Children's Business Fair

entrepreneurship × innovation


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 

Thanks to the amazing response, we have closed applications for the 2014 event.

Make sure that you are on our mailing list (below) to stay updated, and be sure to join us on October 25th to support the entrepreneurs and their hard work!

General Information 

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 or generators 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.

Application Guidelines 

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.

There will be NO soliciting personal/individual business sponsors for your child's product.

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 early September, and will continue until we reach our cap of 115 businesses.  

Instead of an application fee at the time of submission, we will instead be collecting a $20 participation fee from all accepted business ideas.


Wow!  Thank you to everyone who made it out to thinkery - what a great night for entrepreneurship!

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.  










Children's Museum @ Mueller

1830 Simond Avenue

Austin, TX 78723



September 18th, 2014

6p - 7:30p


Sponsorships Available!!

Interested in supporting entrepreneurship in Austin?  

Join our group of incredible sponsors that are helping to create the next generation of business minds!


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!

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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

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Questions?  Just let us know!

Go ahead and send us a short note and we be in touch soon.

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