• Welcome to the Wildcat Entrepreneurship Academy!

    The mission of the Wildcat Entrepreneurship Academy is to equip students with an entrepreneurial mindset; preparing them to become business leaders and active participants in the economic growth of Marion County. 

    The program will introduce students to the concept of entrepreneurship, present entrepreneurship as a viable career option, provide students with the skills needed to realistically evaluate their potential as business owners, and to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to start and operate a business. 

    Academy Structure

    (Students must complete the 3 years of the program to be considered a program completer.) 

    • Year One - Principles of Entrepreneurship
    • Year Two - Business Management and Law
    • Year Three - Business Ownership
    • Year Four - Marketing Education Directed Study 

    Academy Partnerships

    Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP)

    Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

    Junior Achievement (JA)

    Academy Highlights & Opportunities

    • Weekly Guest Speakers sharing their business experience and expertise
    • Mondays with 1 Million Cups Ocala
    • Develop Innovative Solutions to Identified Problems
    • Develop Viable Business Plans
    • Compete against classmates and other Academy classes in "Pitch" competitions
    • Compete in the Ocala CEP Youth Business Plan Competition
    • Compete in Future Business Leaders of America Business Plan Competition
    • Compete in the NFTE Regional Competition
    • Teach Entrepreneurship to local elementary school children through Junior Achievement 
    • Job Shadowing Experiences
    • Field Trips 
    • Networking and community service 
    • Earn Adobe Industry Certifications