The Carlson Consulting Enterprise is a unique management consultancy and academic program that brings the brightest student minds to bear on significant business challenges for premier companies. Student participants will build relationships with recognized business leaders, apply concepts from the classroom in a real-world environment, and get valuable work experience. 

  • 200+

    projects completed since 2002

  • 100+

    clients served since 2002

  • 99%

    of clients would recommend the Consulting Enterprise

  • MBA students

    Apply your skills and knowledge to complete a live project for a real client organization. In the Carlson Consulting Enterprise, you will gain real-world experience collaborating with clients, while making a positive impact on the business and accelerating your career development. Throughout the two-and-a-half semester class, the project work is enhanced by a weekly class that teaches the structured thinking and project management skills crucial for professionals along any career path. Learn More​

  • Undergraduate students

    Each year, a small number of Carlson School undergraduate students are selected to participate in the Carlson Consulting Enterprise through a highly competitive process. Undergraduate consultants work side-by-side with their MBA counterparts on small project teams and develop critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. Learn More

  • Become a Client

    The Carlson Consulting Enterprise partners with organizations ranging from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies to provide hands-on learning opportunities for high-caliber students. As a client, student consultants will gather crucial insights and analyze data to address your strategic or operational challenges. They rigorously evaluate the alternatives and develop fact-based recommendations. Learn more

Carlson Consulting Enterprise Projects

The Carlson Consulting Enterprise has completed more than 200 projects for a variety of clients. Read about key business challenges that student consultants have addressed as part of past Enterprise projects:




The presentation software think-cell is available to students of the Carlson Consulting Enterprise.  It is available for download to your personal computer. (To access the downloadable version, or to renew an existing license, send an email from your UMN email address to:

think-cell is a presentation software which makes the task of creating professional Microsoft PowerPoint presentations easy and efficient. It contains an Excel add-in for consistently rounding numbers across complex calculations and multiple worksheets, and integrates seamlessly with PowerPoint, helping you to visualize complex charts, such as waterfalls, Marimekkos and Gantts, in your presentation within minutes. think-cell is also capable of generating auto-updating agenda slides as simply as a table of contents in a good word processor.

Documentation and screen-casts

There is a searchable online documentation for detailed instructions to get started with think-cell.  Their screen-casts show quick examples of how to build waterfall, Marimekko, Gantt, scatter, column, area and many more charts.  think-cell is used by major consulting firms on a daily basis.  The software is available for free to Carlson students and faculty members.