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, 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!

2018 Impact Numbers

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

334
STUDENTS

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102
SCHOOLS

154
VOLUNTEERS

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Thank you to our 2018 MBV Sponsors!

Program Sponsors 

  • • Allianz Life
  • • Cargill – Starches & Sweeteners North America
  • • Cargill, Inc.
  • • Ecolab Foundation
  • • Firefly Scientists Foundation
  • • Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
  • • General Mills Foundation
  • • Great Clips, Inc.
  • • H.B. Fuller Foundation
  • • K.A.H.R. Foundation
  • • Leonette M. and Fred T. Lanners Family Foundation
  • • McVay Foundation
  • • Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • • Schott Foundation
  • • The Allstate Foundation
  • • The Minneapolis Foundation
  • • Voya Foundation
  • • Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota
  • • Wenger Foundation
  • • Xcel Energy Foundation

Student Sponsors 

  • • 21st Century Bank
  • • American Family Insurance
  • • Boston Scientific
  • • Castle Rock Bank
  • • Choice Bank
  • • Citizens Bank Minnesota
  • • Citizens Independent Bank
  • • Coulee Bank
  • • Crown Bank
  • • Deerwood Bank
  • • Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • • Deluxe Corporation Foundation
  • • Emerson
  • • Fidelity Bank
  • • Fingerhut Family Foundation
  • • First National Bank of Milaca
  • • First National Bank of Osakis
  • • First Western Bank & Trust
  • • Flaherty Family Foundation
  • • Great River Energy
  • • Highland Bank
  • • Hiway Federal Credit Union
  • • Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation
  • • Margaret Rivers Fund
  • • Medtronic
  • • MidWestOne Bank
  • • Morgan Stanley
  • • New Market Bank
  • • Northeast Bank
  • • ONB Bank
  • • Peace Women’s Financial Group
  • • Platinum Bank
  • • Rochester Commercial Banks-Associated Bank, Bremer 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
  • • Roundbank
  • • Schramm (Bill) Household
  • • Securian Financial Foundation
  • • TCF Foundation
  • • Tradition Capital Bank
  • • Travelers
  • • Travelers Foundation
  • • U.S. Bancorp
  • • 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
  • • Wings Financial Credit Union

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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