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It's never too early to start thinking about business. These programs are designed for young entrepreneurs

The College of Business and the Institute for Entrepreneurship takes a zero-barriers approach to entrepreneurship and believes that business can create a better world. As part of that mission, we work with educators, students, and community members to bring the spirit of entrepreneurship into your middle and high school through support systems, events and programs.

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Global Business Academy

The Global Business Academy is a 10-day, international program that shows students how they can use business for a better world. GBA promotes skills in international business and leadership while helping students find new ways to apply their business skills to the things that matter most. 

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Venture Validator Summer Camp

The Summer Camp is a week-long Venture Validator program that lets high school students explore what it takes to become an entrepreneur. Throughout this program, students explore a real-world issue they’ve identified and develop a business idea to address it.

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Take Your School’s Pulse

Running entrepreneurship in schools is tough. That’s why we created a tool to help you get to the next level. The Pulse Checker is designed to provide a quick and easy analysis of how your school is doing and can implement the best entrepreneurship experiences for your students starting today.

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Venture Rams High

The Rams Venture High Support Program is a support program for 7th-12th grade students and teachers to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset. The support program also offers Venture Rams High student mentors, free professional development opportunities for teachers, professional mentors to help with class projects and invitations to future Institute for Entrepreneurship events.

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Venture Validator

The Venture Validator is a free, two-week program designed for entrepreneurs ranging from high school students and teachers, to CSU students, to community members. These entrepreneurs meet as a collaborative group twice over every other week to test out their new business concepts. 

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Summer Educator Professional Development

The Educator Summer PD is an energetic 3-day hands-on professional development program like no other. Hosted by CSU's College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship, our program teaches 7-12 grade educators to infuse entrepreneurial skillsets and mindsets into any subject, classroom, traditional, or non-traditional setting.

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One-day Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference  

This event is for middle and high school students who are interested in bringing a business idea to life or bringing entrepreneurship and innovation to their school. Students may come solo, as a club, or part of a class. Students will learn and practice: design thinking, creative prototyping, how to pitch and have the opportunity to pitch a business or biz-focused idea to the Otter Cares board to get money to bring their idea to life.

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More SPARK: An Entrepreneurship Community of Practice

Join the Institute for Entrepreneurship for this monthly gathering. Students grades 6-12 are invited to work with community leaders, professors and business professionals to sharpen their entrepreneurial ideas and explore new ways to use business to shape their community.

Students will also take part in workshops, listen to guest lectures, and connect with resources that inspire innovative thinking.

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