Experiential Learning at the Carlson School

Enterprise Programs

The four Carlson School Enterprise programs assemble MBA and select undergraduate students into small teams to address the real-world challenges of client businesses which expect real-world results. It’s an in-depth professional and transformational experience that few business schools offer.

Brand Enterprise

The Carlson Brand Enterprise is not simply another classroom; it’s a place of business. Brand Enterprise participants apply the knowledge they obtain in the classroom to a real-world problem and gain hands-on experience implementing strategic and analytical components of brand and marketing strategy consulting.

Consulting Enterprise

The Carlson Consulting Enterprise challenges students to apply lessons that span a variety of business disciplines to inform the best recommendation for a partner organization. Consulting Enterprise participants evaluate a business challenge and present a fresh strategy to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to non-profit organizations.

Funds Enterprise

The Carlson Funds Enterprise was established in 1998 and is currently funded by eight institutional investors. Through participation in the Enterprise, students and professional advisors are responsible for a small capitalization growth fund and a fixed income fund that combine for an asset total of more than $38 million.

Ventures Enterprise

The Carlson Ventures Enterprise (CVE) is designed for talented students who are passionate about creating, developing, or sustaining new ideas for businesses.  The Ventures Enterprise matches student teams with real clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to venture backed startups. Students work to research or implement a new business concept for the client using the lean startup methodology.

Business Analytics Experiential Learning Program

As part of the MS in Business Analytics program, students partner with real-world client organizations to draw innovative conclusions and facilitate data-driven decision making to solve a real business problem. The Business Analytics Experiential Learning Program offers dynamic projects that allow students to apply analytics methodologies, techniques, and tools to a business problem.