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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Minnesota Business Venture
Sponsoring Organization: BestPrep

Main Contact
Name: Jonathan Filzen
Title: Program Manager
Address: 7100 Northland Circle N, Suite 120
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Phone: (763) 233-6325
Fax: (763) 398-0391
Curricular area: Social Science
Grades Served: 9 , 10 , 11


Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) is a week-long residential summer program for students in grades 9-12. Each summer, MBV brings students together from across the state to spend a week with business leaders to learn about business skills, financial literacy concepts and career options.

Minnesota Business Venture Goals: To improve business and financial literacy skills of high school students. To provide students with the skills needed to be successful in college, work, and life. To provide an opportunity for students to explore career options.

Minnesota Business Venture Objectives: 90% of the participating students will improve their personal financial literacy skills (investing, savings, credit scores, etc.). 90% of the participating students will better understand what is required to start and run a successful business. 95% of the participating students will feel more confident with their skills (such as teamwork, communication, management, leadership) after attending MBV. 90% of the participating students will be more likely to attend a 2 or 4-year college after MBV. 90% of the participating students will gain insight into future career paths and options available.


Business people become the MBV faculty, called Resident Business Leaders, sharing their knowledge and business experience with the future workforce. Throughout the week-long session, students and business mentors attend sessions on career development, college admissions, entrepreneurship, ethics, buying your first car and insurance. They participate in activities such as simulated job interviews, a career expo, and sessions to develop financial literacy skills. A business simulation exercise is the core project for the week. Students take on roles in the areas of Marketing, Finance or Operations to create and develop a product and present a business plan to a panel of judges.

The Minnesota Business Venture curriculum has been developed and will continue to be refined annually by the Advisory Committee.

Program Dates

July 7-12, 2019 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN July 21-26, 2019 at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN

Can students reside on campus? Yes

Can students commute to campus? No

Can students take online classes?

Estimated residential cost per student
Tuition: $400
Fees: $0
Books: $0
Supplies: $20
Room/Board: $350
Transportation: $60