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.

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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.

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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.

CFE Classroom

Funds Enterprise

The David S. Kidwell Funds Enterprise was established in 1998 and is currently the largest student-managed investment fund (SMIF) in the United States with over $50 million assets under management directly from corporate and individual investors, as well as the first and only SMIF to become a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment. Through participation in the Enterprise, students are responsible for managing the Carlson School Growth Fund LLC and Carlson School Fixed Income Fund LLC, while integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues into investment decisions. 

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Ventures Enterprise

The Carlson Ventures Enterprise (CVE) is designed for exceptional students who are passionate about creating, developing, and growing new ideas. CVE students work in teams with clients that include Fortune 500 companies, mission-driven social ventures, startups, and everything in between. Typically the work includes research, validation, and implementation of new business concepts using entrepreneurial best practices and methodologies.