Join this week-long summer camp for aspiring youth entrepreneurs

Become an Entrepreneur!

The Venture Validator Summer Camp is a week-long program hosted by the CSU College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship designed for incoming 7th-12th grade students to explore what it takes to become an entrepreneur in an engaging, and fun space.

Apply for a Scholarship
Scholarships are given to families with economic hardship who may otherwise not be able to attend. You will be informed within 2-3 business days about your request. Please do not register until have been given a decision.

Program at a Glance

Multiple Locations:
  • Online via Zoom
  • Fort Collins CSU Campus
  • SPUR Denver Campus
  • Fort Morgan
  • Sterling
Length: One week of half-day sessions, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Schedule:  June 10-14, 2024
Cost: $75
student on laptop video callThe Venture Validator will be held both remotely and in-person.

Identify a Problem, Create Your Solution

What are some of the problems that you see in your daily life, and what if you were able to help fix them?

At the Venture Validator Summer Camp students will combine problems they want to solve with their ideas to fix them and then start the journey of launching a business to do just that. 

From minor inconveniences to some of the most stubborn problems we face as a society – like climate change, inequality,  public health, and so many others – business has a role to play in finding solutions. It will take passionate entrepreneurs like you to make that happen. 

Throughout the program students will conduct customer discovery and market research, create a business model, analyze their competitive landscape, prototype products and ultimately hone in on business ideas that they'll pitch with the goal of creating successful ventures. 

Students will also learn basic business principles and gain an understanding of different career opportunities in a wide range of fields from marketing to supply chain management, international business, organization and innovation management and more.

Venture Validator Summer Camp participants will define problems the first day and then work in small groups throughout the week to create a solution.

The program is led by Mark Schreiber and Hope Parker from the Institute for Entrepreneurship.

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For questions about the camp or available scholarships, please reach out to Hope Parker.