Minnesota Business Venture

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Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) is a week-long business and career development summer camp that brings together students in grades 9-12 from across the state to learn about business, leadership, financial literacy, and career options. Students spend a week on campus at St. John’s University or St. Cloud State University to experience college life firsthand and compete in teams or “companies” to create a business plan that is presented Shark Tank-style to judges at the end of the week. They are guided through the week’s activities by volunteers and staff members. MBV is the perfect opportunity for students seeking career direction, interested in starting a business, improving their resumes and college applications, planning for college, or wanting to meet new people.

2019 Dates:

July 7-12 and July 21-26

MBV is open to all Minnesota students in grades 9-12 from public, private, charter, and home schools. To register, complete the application fee and online payment. Applications are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each session welcomes around 200 students. The early bird cost to attend is $150. After April 14th, the cost to attend is $200. Financial aid is available. The cost is kept low for all students thanks to BestPrep’s generous sponsors of businesses, foundations, associations, and individuals.

  • Create a business and present the plan. It’s a competition!
  • Junk Night Competition – An “out of the box” product development icebreaker with prizes.
  • Camp Jamp – A fast-paced interactive team-building game.
  • Get inspired by speakers and sessions
  • Learn about financial literacy, business, career, college, etc.
  • Practice interview skills with real professionals to prepare for college and career
  • College/Dorm Life
  • Other games
  • Rec time – basketball, volleyball, pool, etc.
  • Ice cream social
  • Picnic dinner
  • Dance
  • Minute to win it

Learn more about MBV and view answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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  • How do I get to MBV?
  • What do I need to bring?

Since Minnesota Business Venture’s inception in 1981, we have had more than 9,000 high school students participate. We at BestPrep (formerly known as Business Economics Education Foundation – BEEF) would enjoy hearing about how MBV impacted you, your education and career.

There are many wonderful opportunities for you to participate and volunteer with MBV or BestPrep’s other programs. Contact us to get involved!

By The Numbers

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


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Thank you to our 2018 MBV Sponsors!

21st Century Bank

3M Foundation

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

The Allstate Foundation

American Family Insurance

Bill Schramm

Boston Scientific


Cargill – Starches & Sweeteners North America

Castle Rock Bank

Catherine Stemper

Citizens Bank Minnesota

Citizens Independent Bank Community Foundation

Crown Bank

Deerwood Bank

Deluxe Corporation Foundation

Ecolab Foundation


Fidelity Bank

The Fingerhut Family Foundation

Firefly Scientists Foundation

First National Bank of Milaca

First National Bank of Osakis

First Western Bank & Trust

General Mills Foundation

GEN Financial GEN Children’s Charity Open

Great River Energy

H.B. Fuller Foundation

Highland Bank

Hiway Federal Credit Union

Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation

K.A.H.R. Foundation

Leonette M. and Fred T. Lanners Family Foundation

Margaret Rivers Fund

McVay Foundation

MidWestOne Bank

Morgan Stanley

New Market Bank

W.C. Rasmussen-Northeast Bank Foundation

North Star Resource Group

ONB Bank

Peace Women’s Financial Group

Peace Women’s Financial Group

Platinum Bank

Rockford-Greenfield Chamber of Commerce

Roundbank – Waseca

Schott Foundation

Securian Financial Foundation

TCF Foundation

The Minneapolis Foundation

Tradition Capital Bank


U.S. Bancorp Foundation

Venture Bank

Voya Foundation

Walmart – Andover

Walmart – Apple Valley

Walmart – Blaine #5976

Walmart – Bloomington

Walmart – Brooklyn Park

Walmart – Cambridge

Walmart – Cottage Grove

Walmart – Eden Prairie

Walmart – Elk River

Walmart – Forest Lake

Walmart – Lakeville

Walmart – Oak Park Heights

Walmart – Princeton

Walmart – Roseville

Walmart – Sartell

Walmart – Shakopee

Walmart – St. Cloud

Walmart – Woodbury

Walser Foundation funded by the Walser Automotive Group

Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota

Wenger Foundation

Wings Financial Credit Union

Xcel Energy

MBV News and Events

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MBV SJU 2018 – Day 5 – Campers to Company Commanders

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MBV SJU 2018 – Day 4 – Real World Readiness

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MBV SJU 2018 – Day 3 – Fluent in Finance

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MBV SJU 2018 – Day 2 – Nothing But Net(Working)

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