Minnesota Business Venture 2023 – Dare to Dream

Students were welcomed to BestPrep’s first week of Minnesota Business Venture today! We are excited for a week of fun and learning at the beautiful St. Thomas University campus.

Today’s theme was “Dare to Dream.” We are grateful to 3M, one of our longtime partners, for sponsoring our first day of camp! Each day has a different theme and is sponsored by a new company, so we will be shouting out a new company every day!

This week, we kicked off camp by welcoming Pauleen Le, WCCO-TV reporter, to the stage. As our first keynote speaker, she brought the energy and passion we hope everyone will have throughout the week. She spoke about the challenges and successes throughout her career journey, inspiring all of us. A huge thank you to Pauleen Le for kicking off camp as our first keynote!

After that, students broke off into their “companies” for a few icebreakers. Campers will be spending the week working with their companies to create a business plan, which they will present to a panel of judges at the end of the week. Today’s company meetings consisted of getting to know one another and learning about what the rest of the week will bring.

The first day of camp concluded with Junk Night, in which students participate in a competition of skits. Companies choose up to 9 items as props and create a “commercial” to sell a product. This activity is a hit every year as students enjoy being creative with one another. The winner of this year’s Junk Night was company C!