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.
This one-day 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, entrepreneurship tools, and creative prototyping. Students will also have an opportunity to learn how they can pitch a business or biz-focused idea to the OtterCares to receive money to bring their idea to life.
This online Zoom series, open to middle and high school students and educators, meets monthly to support each other's entrepreneurial ideas. Each session connects you with community leaders, professors, peers, and resources to help turn your ideas into reality.
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.
Venture Validator Summer Camp
The Summer Camp is a week-long Venture Validator program that lets middle and 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.
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.
Take Your School’s Pulse
Running entrepreneurship in schools is tough. That’s why we created a tool to help educators 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. Take it on your own or reach out to discuss professional development opportunities.
Educator Professional Development
Is your school looking to bring or enhance your 7th-12th grade entrepreneurship offerings? The Institute for Entrepreneurship works with your school to infuse entrepreneurial skillsets and mindsets into any subject, classroom, traditional, or non-traditional setting. Using our Pulse Checker we will work with your school to help you see where you are, where you want to go and then help you develop a plan to make it happen.
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.