Minnesota Business Venture Volunteers

All eMBV 2020 spots have been filled.

We have transitioned 2020 Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) to a virtual platform, now known as eMBV.

eMBV is a virtual three-day business and career development summer camp. eMBV brings together high school students from across Minnesota to work with business leaders and learn about leadership, business, financial literacy, and career options. Students will work in teams to create and present a business plan. They will be guided through the camp’s virtual activities by volunteers including Resident Business Leaders, speakers, mock interviewers, and more. In past years, Minnesota Business Venture has taken place on a college campus. This year, students will do a similar, accelerated version of this online from their own homes.

eMBV 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 three mornings (9am-1pm) and focus on career development, business skills, financial management, and entrepreneurship. Volunteer opportunities include Mock Interviewers, Business Plan Judges (filled for 2020), Resident Business Leaders, session speakers, and more. Over 150 volunteers are needed to make eMBV a success.

2020 Virtual eMBV Dates:

July 13-15, 9am-1pm CST

July 27-29, 9am-1pm CST

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FULL – Mock interviewer

This role is now filled for 2020.

As a Mock Interviewer, you will sit down over video chat with a student and conduct a brief interview, followed by feedback to help them improve. Numerous interviews will be conducted over the 60-minute period. Volunteers will be briefed and provided with sample questions and tech support.

FULL- Business plan judge

This role is now filled for 2020.

Throughout the three days at eMBV, students will work in groups called “companies” to create a business plan for a hypothetical product of their own design. Each group will present their marketing, operations, and financial plan by video at the end of their session. Business Plan Judges will watch these after camp has concluded and provide written feedback to the students. Participating as a judge is an excellent opportunity for you to see what students learn at MBV. This role is now filled for 2020.

All RBL spots have been filled for eMBV 2020.

eMBV’s Resident Business Leaders (RBLs) mentor the students and guide them through the camp’s activities virtually. RBLs are available during company meeting times and ideally are able to participate in the speakers and breakout sessions as well.

Members of the business community are needed to lead and facilitate a group of 10 students for three days, from 9am-1pm. Responsibilities include leading the small group, sharing ideas and resources with 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!

Volunteering with eMBV 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, networking, mentoring, and virtual communications skills. On a personal level, spending time at eMBV will allow you to share your knowledge and experience with the next generation and see the impact your efforts have on students. By volunteering with eMBV, you will help Minnesota students gain a valuable summer experience that will help them become better prepared for their futures.

Contact us if you are interested in volunteering or asking your employees to volunteer with the virtual Minnesota Business Venture program!

Are you a Minnesota Business Venture alumni looking for a volunteer opportunity? Consider giving back to your community by volunteering at eMBV! 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 eMBV, including Resident Business Leaders, speakers, or mock interviewers. Contact us to get started!

2019 Impact Numbers

Minnesota Business Venture makes an impact annually on the students in the program.


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