CYCLE 2011 (July 9-18)

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The Casey Youth Conference is back again!
The intro session scheduled for July 9-11 will include: Money 101, (Anti) Economics 101, Investing 101, Business Plans 101, and Personal Effectiveness 101, among other topics. The advanced session (July 11-18) will get very hands-on, helping students to design specific entrepreneurial ideas, either as an exercise or for actual deployment in the real world. There will be another Investment Challenge contest: $1K 1st prize, $250 2nd, and $100 3rd.

We arrange buses for students from Minsk and pick up students arriving from farther away in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 9 and get them back to the airport (or train station, etc.) when they are done. The airport code is VNO. All a student needs to do is get to Vilnius, and we’ll take care of the rest.


The conference will be held in the beautiful Jovariskes Estate outside of the city of Trakai, Lithuania. Antanas, the landlord, offers free internet in all the rooms, as well as a large conference hall for our central location during the week.

How to Register

Have more questions, or want to register for this years camp? Send us an email through the contact form on the website or directly to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and one of our planners will get back to you with the details on costs and how to secure your participation this year. 


Papa Lobo (Louis James):

Senior Analyst/Editor, Casey Research. Lobo is a writer, investor, entrepreneur, photographer, geo-journalist, and would-be poet. Lobo has taught the basics of entrepreneurship for years and is the evil mastermind behind CYCLE.

Doug Casey:

Doug is a world-famous traveler, investor, entrepreneur, trouble-maker, polo-player, and philosopher-capitalist. Doug is the original contrarian investor, having made fortunes buying what no one else wanted and selling when these investments became popular. Doug is an expert at spotting business opportunities no one else sees, largely because he thinks the way almost no one else does. Doug has challenged students this year to find new opportunities in today's economic crises, not as a training exercise, but for real investment in any business plans that are good enough. Doug will join us at CYCLE11 via remote link.

Olivier Garret:

Olivier is the CEO of Casey Research, the man who makes the day-to-day business decisions that make CR a profitable business. Olivier has extensive experience as a management consultant turning around fixing businesses with good ideas and bad management. Olivier will share insights practical, nuts and bolts business skills with us this year at CYCLE11, also joining us via remote link.
Rick Rule:

Legendary billionaire investor Rick Rule will be joining CYCLE11 via remote link to share his insights. Rick, along with Doug, is one of Lobo's main teachers. Rick has been involved in hundreds, perhaps thousands of business ventures over the years and has accumulated a huge store of valuable knowledge about entrepreneurship in the real world. 

Sebastian Reidl:

Don Sebastian is a world-traveler and investor, currently focused on mineral opportunities in Paraguay. Sebastian was born in Hungary in 1939 -- his mother and sister fled to Germany just ahead of the Russian troops. At 16 he became a journeyman tool and diemaker, and at 19 made a leap across the world to work for a mining company in South Africa. Sebastian has had many adventures, including hitch-hiking from Cairo to Capetown and climbing Mt. Kilamanjero. He has started, operated and invested in many different businesses, in many different countries. Sebastian will share some of his adventures with us, and his insights on what makes for good business ideas.

Rahim Jivraj:

Rahim has been an entrepreneur for over 10 years, in venture capital for 8 years and has assisted various private and public entities as a corporate advisor on matters related to finance, development, and investor relations. Rahim was associated with two boutique venture capital and merchant banking firms, based in Vancouver, Canada before leaving to pursue independent ventures in 2008, including, recently a stint as president of a public company exploring for gold in Marmato, Caldas, Colombia. Rahim made his first fortune at a young age with an internet start-up that started with nothing but a good idea. Rahim will tell us how to build and sell a successful internet business and share other business and investment insights.

Julie Catling:

Julie is a self-taught stock broker form Canada, who never went to university, but works with one of the largest and most successful firms focused on the resource sector. Julie has spent many years managing client investment portfolios and investing herself, among other activities (including a time in the Canadian Coast Guard). Julie's participation is not confirmed yet, but she hopes to join us this year.
Mitch Swergold:

Mitch is a fund manager from New York who made his fortune investing in the technology sector and is currently very focused on natural resources. Like Lobo, Mitch travels around the world, looking for investment opportunities. Unlike Lobo, Mitch has worked for Wall Street firms and can tell us what it's really like. Mitch has not confirmed his participation yet, but he's working on his travel plans to fit a stop at CYCLE 11 in. 

Mystery Teacher(s):

We have several other potential teachers interested, but not committed to this year. Ken -- "Professor Fun" -- may be able to join us after all, if the Chinese effort does not get government approval this year. In short, we may have more teachers, but the ones already committed to be there are enough to get the job done. 

Crisis Investment Challenge

Doug Casey and partners challenge CYCLE 11 students to look at the crises in Belarus and elsewhere as opportunities, proposing to invest in the best business idea or ideas to capitalize on these crises. This is not an academic exercise. This is not conceptual. This is a real request for investment proposals. We see the crisis in Belarus as an opportunity, but lack the local knowledge of opportunities. You have that knowledge -- or can develop it, or perhaps see crisis investment opportunities elsewhere.

We are not looking for new hair salons or coffee shops, certainly nothing that requires a healthy economy in the near future to work. We are looking, very specifically, for ways to meet the needs of people, created by crisis. How have they been hurt, and what could be offered to them that would help? How can we offer them something that saves them important time or money? Or maybe there's an opportunity in finding a legal way to help them bank abroad? Or maybe there are some great real estate assets for selling dirt cheap, because the owners absolutely must sell? Maybe the government will consider new privatization ideas? Maybe there's a new demand for gold we can find a legal way to meet?

Note that a great idea is not enough. Remember what Lobo has taught you. We are requesting specific proposals for investment, including realistic business plan and budget. To receive funding, we will need to believe not only in the idea, but in the capacity of the people proposing the idea to actually implement it and manage the project all the way until the investors get their return. We understand that this is high-risk venture capital and are willing to risk it. Are you willing to work hard to earn that investment?

Open your eyes and look around. It's a terrible thing what has been done to the Belarusian economy, and others, but we didn't cause the crisis, and _someone_ will profit from it. Might as well be you. Before, only Lobo was crazy enough to invest in Belarus, now, there is a crisis, and crisis investors around the world understand that that can be an opportunity in Belarus, Ukraine, many places. If you can find a good enough idea, we can find capital to put into it. There is no minimum nor maximum amount of investment requested, but, obviously, the larger the amount requested, the more certain the outcome must be, the more due diligence the investors will need before investing, and the greater the proposed return on investment must be.

Bring your investment ideas to CYCLE 11. We can work on them together during CYCLE, and help you submit the best possible plan to Doug, Lobo and partners. The deadline will be the end of CYCLE 11. Pending due diligence, Lobo and Doug will announce investment decisions by the end of July.

Good Luck!! 
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