Minnesota Business Venture

Registration for MBV 2020 opens in January!

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 living in the dorms on a college campus to experience college life firsthand and work in small teams or “companies” to create a business plan that is presented Shark Tank-style to judges at the end of the week. Other activities include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, mock interviews, and meeting with a financial planner.

MBV is the perfect opportunity for students to explore career options, learn about entrepreneurship, improve resumes and college applications, plan for college, and meet new people.

2020 MBV Dates:

July 12-17 at the University of St. Thomas

July 26-31 at St. John’s University

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. Financial aid is available. The cost is kept low for all students thanks to BestPrep’s generous sponsors of businesses, foundations, associations, and individuals.

Registration for MBV 2020 will open in January. We recommend you register early, as there is typically a waitlist.

  • 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 Jam – A fast-paced interactive team-building game.
  • 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
  • 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, including:

  • Who goes to MBV?
  • Why should I attend?
  • When and where is MBV?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do I apply?
  • How many students attend?
  • What do we do during the week of MBV?
  • What is a typical day like?
  • How do I get to MBV?
  • 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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