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 9th Annual event on the lawn of the Pease Mansion on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 10 am – 1 pm.

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



November 5, 2016

10 am - 1 pm







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Plan to join us on November 5th 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.


Questions?  Just let us know!

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