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Interested in making a difference with business? Want to learn how to connect your passion and purpose to a new business or transform how business is done? Attend the First Generation Business Summit from July 31 - Aug 5.
If you’re the first in your family to go to college and interested in business, this summit is for you! Whether you want to be a CEO, own a business or are still figuring out your path, this week long experience will help you learn about what business means, connect with our CSU community and make a few friends along the way.
Stay overnight in a CSU residence hall on campus and eat in our dining centers as you learn the skills that will transform how business is done. Work alongside other first-generation students and College of Business faculty as you get valuable experience.
Travel within Fort Collins to get an up-close look at how local businesses solve production and distribution challenges.
Throughout the week, you'll work to develop a presentation and participate in a case study competition. Students will be broken up into teams and tasked to create a business that makes the world a better place. Students will pitch their idea to a mock board of investors for a grant of $100,000 to invest in their new company. Teams that finish in the top three receive prizes!
Engage with summit mentors and current CSU students who are also first generation college students. Participants will get to know their mentors, hear about their college search and discover why they chose CSU.
By the end of the week, you'll have learned about:
Students will check in on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 10 am and students will check out on Saturday, Aug 5, 2023.
More information coming soon
Being a first generation student means that neither of your parents have a college degree. So, if you’re the first in your family to go to college and have an interest in business, the First-Generation Business Summit is for you! Whether you’re planning to become the next superstar CEO or still trying to figure out your path after graduation, the Summit gives you a jumpstart on campus life and your career.
Attending the College of Business First-Generation Summit is entirely free! Accepted students enjoy six days of activities and experience campus life – sleeping in residence halls and eating in dining centers – at no cost.
Attendees sharpen business knowledge in the classroom and at area businesses, develop the skills to successfully present to large groups, learn about career paths possible with the 10 concentrations at the College of Business and how to capitalize on the resources available for first-generation students to succeed at CSU.
Case competitions simulate real-world business challenges, and give teams scenarios to analyze a business problem, develop a solution using management, marketing, finance and other skills, then present their solutions to a panel of judges. The teams with the top business pitch on the final day of the First-Generation Business Summit will receive prizes.
While your parents are welcome to visit Fort Collins and CSU during the Summit, we can only provide food, lodging and activities for attendees. We’d be glad to help connect your parents to admissions or financial aid counselors while they’re here to answer their questions about college.
Parents are invited, and strongly encouraged, to attend the closing ceremony on August 5, where students will be recognized for their efforts during the summit.
The College of Business is committed to helping first-generation students find a community and success. We support several clubs, communities and events that provide friends and services to first-gen students while celebrating their unique viewpoints that enrich our campus culture.
The First Generation Business Association brings first-gen students together during monthly workshops, mentorship opportunities, networking events with professionals. The Latinx Business Association offers Latinx-identifying students the chance to find a community within the College of Business, while taking part in service and outreach events, professional development courses and academic support groups. The Women in Business Association welcomes members of all identities at the undergraduate and graduate level who are pursuing a business degree or business minor in the College. WIBA hosts events that connect students with business professionals, engages in community-building activities and recruiting events.
College of Business students are also welcome to join other clubs and organizations!
Applications will open soon.
By the end of the week, you’ll have explored the Fort Collins community, experienced life as a College of Business student and taken part in your first business case competition. The closing ceremony is your opportunity to be recognized for the work you’ve done and the lessons you’ll take with you as you continue your academic journey.
Teams who ranked in the top three of the case competition will also be awarded prizes and recognized for their presentation skills.
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the closing ceremony. Students will be asked to check out of their dormitory at the conclusion of the ceremony.
The CSU College of Business is now providing bus pickup options for students in the Denver area. Additionally, the College is providing van pickup options for students in Fort Morgan. Students who are admitted to the summit will be contacted separately about the bus and van transportation options.
All students will need to be picked up by a parent or guardian at the end of the summit on Aug 5.