Minnesota Business Venture

Thanks for attending MBV this summer!

Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) was completely online summer 2020 in a new format we called eMBV. We are planning for 2021 to be in-person.

MBV is a weeklong business and career development summer camp that brings together students in grades 9-12 to learn business, leadership, and financial literacy skills.

Students work in small teams or “companies” to create a fictitious product and business plan that is presented at the end of the session, Shark Tank-style. Other activities include guest keynote speakers, games, mock interviews, team-building exercises, breakout sessions, and more!

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

2021 MBV Dates:

July 11-16 at the University of St. Thomas

July 25-30 at St. John’s University

MBV is open to all Minnesota students in grades 9-12 from public, private, charter, and home schools. eMBV 2020 is now over. Registration for 2021 will be available winter 2020-2021. 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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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?

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!

2020 Impact Numbers

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


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Thank you to our 2020 MBV Sponsors!

Program Sponsors 

  • Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
  • The Allstate Foundation
  • Arby’s Foundation
  • Cargill
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • Flaherty Family Foundation
  • Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
  • FS Foundation
  • General Mills Foundation
  • Great Clips, Inc.
  • Hiway Federal Credit Union
  • K.A.H.R. Foundation
  • Leonette M. and Fred T. Lanners Family Foundation
  • McVay Foundation
  • Piper Sandler & Co.
  • Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
  • Securian Financial Foundation
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Voya Foundation
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wenger Foundation

Student Sponsors 

  • 21st Century Bank
  • 3M
  • Ameriprise
  • Andy and Denise Bittinger
  • Boston Scientific
  • Castle Rock Bank
  • Choice Bank
  • Citizens Independent Bank Community Foundation
  • Coulee Bank
  • Deerwood Bank
  • Cindy and Jim Drahos
  • Emerson
  • Fidelity Bank
  • The Fingerhut Family Foundation
  • First Farmers & Merchants
  • First National Bank of Milaca
  • First Western Bank & Trust
  • Anita Goebel
  • Granite Falls Bank
  • Great River Energy
  • Jay and Kali Higgins
  • Highland Bank
  • Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation
  • Kensington Bank
  • Katie S. Kloster
  • Margaret Rivers Fund
  • Medtronic
  • Tim and Lacey Mercil
  • MidWestOne Bank
  • Curt and Jennifer Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • New Market Bank
  • North American Banking Company
  • North Shore Bank of Commerce
  • W.C. Rasmussen-Northeast Bank Foundation
  • Marc and Laurie Olson
  • ONB Bank
  • Peace Women’s Financial Group
  • Steve and Mary Pinick
  • Jason and Hillary Plank
  • 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
  • Roundbank – Waseca
  • Todd and Jenni Schnobrich
  • Schott Foundation
  • Bill Schramm
  • TCF Foundation
  • Thrivent
  • Travelers
  • Walmart – Cambridge
  • Walmart – Vadnais  Heights
  • Wings Financial Credit Union

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MBV News and Events

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eMBV 2020 Session 2 Day 3: Making Moves Day, Sponsored by the Allstate Foundation

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eMBV 2020 Session 2 Day 2: Financial Keys Day, Sponsored by the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship

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eMBV 2020 Session 2 Day 1: Dare to Dream Day, Sponsored by Arby’s

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eMBV 2020 Session 1 Day 3: Making Moves Day, Sponsored by The Allstate Foundation

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