Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) is a week-long business and career development summer camp. MBV brings together high school students from across Minnesota to work with business leaders and learn about leadership, business, financial literacy, and career options. Students spend a week on campus at University of St. Thomas or St. John’s University to experience college life firsthand and work in teams to create a business plan in a group. Students are guided through the week’s activities by volunteers including Resident Business Leaders, speakers, mock interviewers, and more.
Minnesota Business Venture is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to work with students and enhance their experience and knowledge at camp. Opportunities and time commitments range from an hour to full-week and focus on career development, business skills, financial management, and entrepreneurship. Volunteer opportunities include Mock Interviewers, Financial Planners, Business Plan Judges, Resident Business Leaders, session speakers, and more. Over 150 volunteers are needed to make MBV a success. All opportunities take place at University of St. Thomas or St. John’s University in Collegeville in July.
Mock interviewer – 90-minute time commitment, 30 needed each week
Throughout the week, students complete a job application in preparation for a potential/future job opportunity. As a Mock Interviewer, you will sit down with a student and conduct a brief interview, followed by feedback to help them improve. Numerous interviews will be conducted over the 90-minute period. Volunteers are briefed and provided with sample questions.
Financial planner – 60-minute time commitment, 12-15 needed each week
We are seeking professional financial planners and/or advisors to lead a small group of students in discussions about the importance of effective financial planning. Volunteers are briefed and provided with curriculum for this hour-long session.
Business plan judge – 3 1/2-hour time commitment, 20 needed each week
Throughout the week at MBV, students work in groups called “companies” to create a business plan for a hypothetical product of their own design. Each group presents their marketing, operations, and financial plan at the end of the week to a panel of judges. Participating as a judge is an excellent opportunity for you to see what students learn at MBV, and to give feedback to the students on the business plan that they have worked hard to create. This is a 3 ½-hour long commitment.
MBV’s Resident Business Leaders (RBLs) mentor the students and guide them through the week’s activities. RBL’s live and stay on campus for the duration of camp.
Members of the business community are needed to lead and facilitate a group of 10-15 students for one week. Responsibilities include a variety of activities including leading the small group, sharing ideas and resources amongst the students, and listening to speakers discuss business topics such as marketing, finance, motivation, branding, and money management.
This also serves as an opportunity for RBLs to learn about their own leadership, management, and team-building skills. The number one thing new RBLs wish they would have known before camp is how much fun MBV is! If you have questions or would like more information regarding being an RBL, please contact us!
Volunteering at MBV is a fun, enriching, and challenging way to give back to Minnesota youth. As a professional, you will learn how to improve your leadership, team-building, and mentoring skills. Volunteering with other professionals will also increase your opportunity to network with people outside of your company and industry. On a personal level, spending time at MBV will allow you to share your knowledge and experience with the next generation and see the impact your efforts have on students. As a volunteer at MBV, you are helping Minnesota students gain a valuable summer experience that will help them become better prepared for their futures.
If you are interested in volunteering or asking your employees to volunteer at Minnesota Business Venture, contact us.
Are you a Minnesota Business Venture alumni looking for a volunteer opportunity? Consider giving back to your community by volunteering at MBV! For over 35 years, we have had more than 9,000 high school students participate in Minnesota Business Venture. We at BestPrep (previously known as Business Economics Education Foundation – BEEF) would love to work with you! There are many opportunities to participate and volunteer with MBV, including Resident Business Leader, speaker, mock interviewer, or Dorm Monitor. Contact us to get started!
By The Numbers
Minnesota Business Venture makes an impact annually on the students in the program.