This University of Minnesota summer program is designed to introduce high school students to the basics of entrepreneurship and launching a business. Throughout this five-week camp on the University campus, 35 Minneapolis high school students will engage in active learning sessions covering business fundamentals and personal development topics.

This camp is intended to develop the student's understanding of business fundamentals and entrepreneurship, with particular emphasis on leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Other topics covered include ethics, social responsibility and self-improvement. Students will also become familiar with potential career options and learn about higher education opportunities.

The program is being jointly developed by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development and the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis' STEP-UP Program. Students will be on campus for 1/2 day morning sessions for five weeks working alongside entrepreneurship faculty, recent graduates, and experienced entrepreneurs.

In addition to applied exercises and interactive discussions, the students will work on three applied projects during the program. The first community service project will develop a sustainable garden for a Minneapolis retirement home. Another will assist with the development of a youth community center in north Minneapolis. The final project will require the students to generate and develop new entrepreneurial business ideas – culminating in a business pitch competition on the final day.

Throughout the camp, leading Minnesota entrepreneurs will be invited to share their experiences and advice with the students about launching and developing a successful business. The program will conclude with a dinner for the students, their parents, and the numerous volunteers and instructors involved throughout the five weeks.