Minnesota Business Venture

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Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) will be completely online this summer in a new format we’re calling eMBV.

eMBV is a three-day business and career development summer camp that brings together students in grades 9-12 in an online format to learn business, leadership, and financial literacy skills.

Think of this as an accelerated version of Minnesota Business Venture, all from the comfort of home. Students will work in small teams or “companies” to create a fictitious product and business plan that is presented at the end of the session. Other activities include guest keynote speakers, scavenger hunts, team-building exercises, breakout sessions, mock interviews, and exciting celebrity drop-ins!

MBV is the perfect opportunity for students to learn about entrepreneurship, improve resumes and college applications, develop technology skills, and connect with new people.

2020 Virtual eMBV Dates:

July 13-15, 9am-1pm CST SESSION FILLED.

July 27-29, 9am-1pm CST

eMBV is open to all Minnesota students in grades 9-12 from public, private, charter, and home schools. Enrollment is $50 and financial aid is available. To register, complete the application fee and online payment. Applications are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is kept low for all students thanks to BestPrep’s generous sponsors of businesses, foundations, associations, and individuals.

For questions, call 763-233-6325

  • Create a business and present the plan. It’s a competition!
  • Get inspired by speakers and sessions
  • Learn about financial literacy, business, careers, college, etc.
  • Practice interview skills with real professionals to prepare for college and career
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Question of the day
  • Daily stretches
  • Photo challenge
  • Earn badges
  • Celebrity drop-ins!
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Session 1:
Sophia Bera – Gen Y Planning
Mayor Melvin Carter – City of St. Paul
Garland Hill – TikTok
Jesse Ross – The Minneapolis Foundation
Tony Sanneh – Retired professional soccer player and coach
Roz Tsai – Thrivent
Benjamin Vandenwymelenberg – Woodchuck
Enzo Vinholi – Like It Was Yesterday
Caroline Wanga – Target

Session 2:
David Clark – General Mills
Nathan Dungan – Share Save Spend
Rob Goggins – Great Clips
Bella Lam – Coconut Whisk Baking Co.
PaviElle – Singer and Songwriter
Kristi Piehl – Media Minefield
Amelia Santaniello – WCCO TV
Jesse Ross – The Minneapolis Foundation
John Thomas – Minnesota Timberwolves

Learn more about eMBV and view answers to Frequently Asked Questions, including:

  • Who goes to eMBV?
  • Why should I attend?
  • How do I “attend” eMBV?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do I apply?
  • How many students attend?
  • What do we do during the week of eMBV?
  • What is a typical day like?
  • How do I get to eMBV?
  • What do I need to bring?
  • AND MORE!

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!

2019 Impact Numbers

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

355
STUDENTS

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100
SCHOOLS

185
VOLUNTEERS

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Thank you to our 2019 MBV Sponsors!

Program Sponsors 

  • • 3M
  • • Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
  • • The Allstate Foundation
  • • Arby’s Restaurant Group
  • • Cargill – Starches & Sweeteners North America
  • • Cargill
  • • Ecolab Foundation
  • • Firefly Scientists Foundation
  • • Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
  • • GEN Children’s Charity
  • • General Mills Foundation
  • • Great Clips
  • • H.B. Fuller Foundation
  • • Hiway Federal Credit Union
  • • K.A.H.R. Foundation
  • • Leonette M. and Fred T. Lanners Family Foundation
  • • McVay Foundation
  • • North Star Resource Group
  • • Piper Jaffray Companies
  • • Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
  • • Schott Foundation
  • • Securian Financial Foundation
  • • Travelers
  • • UnitedHealthcare
  • • Voya Foundation
  • • Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota
  • • Wenger Foundation
  • • Xcel Energy

Student Sponsors 

  • • 21st Century Bank
  • • Adam Cohen
  • • Anita Goebel
  • • Betsy Koonce & Joe Fromm
  • • Bill Schramm
  • • Boston Scientific
  • • Bruce Hoffarber
  • • Carly Baker
  • • Castle Rock Bank
  • • Choice Bank
  • • Cindy Drahos
  • • Citizens Bank Minnesota
  • • Citizens Independent Bank Community Foundation
  • • Coulee Bank
  • • Crown Bank
  • • Deerwood Bank
  • • Deluxe Corporation Foundation
  • • Emerson
  • • Fidelity Bank
  • • First National Bank of Milaca
  • • First Western Bank & Trust
  • • Flaherty Family Foundation
  • • Great River Energy
  • • Highland Bank
  • • Jason & Hillary Plank
  • • Jeff Wagner
  • • Katie S. Kloster
  • • Kensington Bank
  • • Kim Christianson & Paul Slininger
  • • Marc Olson
  • • Margaret Murphy
  • • Margaret Rivers Fund
  • • MidWestOne Bank
  • • New Market Bank
  • • North Shore Bank Of Commerce
  • • ONB Bank
  • • Peace Women’s Financial Group
  • • Platinum Bank
  • • Rochester Commercial Banks-Associated Bank, Bremer Bank, F&M Community Bank, Home Federal Bank, Merchants Bank, Minnwest Bank, Premier Bank Rochester, Sterling State Bank, Think Mutual Bank, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, West Bank
  • • Rockford-Greenfield Chamber of Commerce
  • • Roger Johnson
  • • Roundbank – Waseca
  • • Sophia Bera
  • • TCF Foundation
  • • The Bank of Elk River
  • • The Fingerhut Family Foundation
  • • Todd & Jenni Schnobrich
  • • Walmart – Apple Valley
  • • Walmart – Blaine #5976
  • • Walmart – Cambridge
  • • Walmart – Cottage Grove
  • • Walmart – Fridley
  • • Walmart – Maple Grove
  • • Walmart – Monticello
  • • Walmart – Roseville
  • • Walmart – Shakopee
  • • Walmart – Woodbury
  • • Walser Foundation funded by the Walser Automotive Group
  • • W.C. Rasmussen-Northeast Bank Foundation
  • • Wings Financial Credit Union

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