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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 believe that business can create a better world. As part of that mission, we teach students of all ages about how they can make a difference in their communities and leave a positive impact on the world. These programs were developed specifically for high school students, and teach core business concepts, connect students with local and global thought leaders and offer them the chance to get hands-on experience in the field of business.


Venture Rams High

The Rams Venture High Program uses a multi-disciplinary approach to encourage high school students to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset. This program connects students with lessons in design thinking, business model development and innovation while helping them engage with the local business community and solve real-world problems.

Program participants work alongside Venture Rams High mentors to develop their business ideas and solutions. The program also offers 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, 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. With the support of seasoned mentors and coaches, students conduct customer discovery and market research, create a business model, analyze their competitive landscape, protype products and ultimately pitch their ideas with the goal of launching successful ventures.

This intensive process is a necessary step in the entrepreneurship experience and ultimately sets businesses up for success, providing the knowledge needed to grow a venture while avoid common pitfalls and frustrations.

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Venture Jumpstart 

This program is for those that have gone through the Venture Validator. The Venture Jumpstart is a six-week workshop series where entrepreneurs come together twice per week from across CSU and the broader community to learn about – and take – the concrete steps needed to begin their business operations.

The workshops are focused on providing the tools entrepreneurs need to succeed, whether that’s pre-built financial templates, industry connections, or an encouraging community here to help you navigate the complexities of launching a new business.

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I4E Exploration Days

I4E Exploration Days is an hour-long virtual field trip designed to share information about CSUs College of Business and Institute for Entrepreneurship with schools and students. Students will listen to an overview of the College of Business and Institute for Entrepreneurship, hear from a panel of students, alumni, and local entrepreneurs, and engage in Q&A with presenters to learn more!

1/12/2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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1/13/2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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2/9/2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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2/10/2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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3/2/2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Summer Camp

The Summer Camp is a weeklong 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. 

This program connects students with business professionals, mentors and subject matter experts. Together, they’ll conduct market research, develop a business model, examine their competition and finally pitch their business idea to create a successful venture.

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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.

Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to work alongside local and global business executives to learn more about how they started their own ventures. Students get to experience the best of Northern Colorado as they take part in a variety of outdoor activities in addition to their business courses.
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Upcoming Events

1/12/2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Learn more about high school programming from the Institute for Entrepreneurship
1/13/2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Learn more about high school programming from the Institute for Entrepreneurship
2/9/2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Learn more about high school programming from the Institute for Entrepreneurship
2/10/2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Learn more about high school programming from the Institute for Entrepreneurship
3/2/2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Learn more about high school programming from the Institute for Entrepreneurship