Week-long summer camp for aspiring youth entrepreneurs
students work on a business plan together
Students can register for Venture Validator as an individual or join with team members to work through the program as a group.

Become an Entrepreneur!

The Venture Validator Online Summer Camp is a week-long program hosted by the CSU College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship designed for incoming 8th-12th grade students to explore what it takes to become an entrepreneur in a safe, engaging, and fun space.
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Program at a Glance

Location: Virtual/Zoom
Length: One week of daily three-hour video sessions
Schedule: TBD
Cost: $50
student on laptop video callThe Venture Validator will be held entirely online

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 be coached and mentored by leading CSU faculty members, local entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts. 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 Online Summer Camp participants are welcome to join the program as an individual or as part of a team of up to five members set on tackling the same problem together. 

The program is led by Scott Shrake, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, and Hope Parker, Manager of K12 Programming at the Institute for Entrepreneurship.

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For questions about the camp or available scholarships, please reach out to Hope Parker at hope.parker@colostate.edu