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2020 Summer Venture in Business

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our ability to host students on-campus, as we have traditionally done, School of Business faculty and staff have found creative ways of bringing campus to prospective students. The School of Business will host the Summer Venture Webinar Series for prospective students in June and July. Students will meet KU business school professors and hear from current business school students during these webinars. The dates and topics will be:

  • June 23 – Accounting
  • June 27 – Marketing and professional selling
  • June 30 – Supply chain management
  • July 9 – Finance
  • July 16 – Global business
  • July 30 – Entrepreneurship

Students who applied to the 2020 Summer Venture in Business program will receive an email invitation to the webinar series. Other students interested in the Summer Venture Webinar Series can register at this link.


Summer Venture in Business is a pre-college summer academy housed in the University of Kansas School of Business for underrepresented ethnic minority students in high school and/or potential first-generation college students who are interested in business. The goal of this three-day program is to familiarize high school students with aspects of the college experience in and out of the classroom. It will serve as a pipeline program for students to access academic resources and opportunities at KU. In addition to exposing participants to business topics, Summer Venture aims to equip students with the tools and knowledge for applying to the university, succeeding in college, and prospering in their careers.

The Program

Summer Venture participants will experience lectures centered on the academic majors of the School of Business:

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Information systems
  • Management and leadership
  • Business analytics
  • Business administration
  • Supply chain management

Instruction in college preparedness and career preparedness are incorporated. Summer Venture is facilitated by students, faculty and corporate representatives who will coordinate program activities in the School of Business, along with other campus and social activities.

Application and Cost

For the Summer Venture Webinar Series:

Students who are interested in the 2020 Summer Venture Webinar Series can register at this link. There is no cost to participate in this program.

For the in-person format of the program:

Rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade minority students and/or potential first-generation college students are eligible to apply. All participants will receive a scholarship that covers the general cost of the program.

The application process to this program is competitive, and there are a limited number of spaces available. The following applicants will be given admission priority:*

  1. Students from the state of Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area
  2. Rising sophomores and juniors
  3. Students who would be the first in their family to attend college or a first-generation college student

*Priority in the application process does not guarantee admission.


All participants will be housed in a university residence hall located on the beautiful KU campus and near the School of Business. Students will be paired with a roommate of the same gender and live on the same floor of the residence hall with on-site housing staff. Participants will eat at a campus dining facility close to their residence hall. Since students will walk between program sessions, comfortable shoes are recommended. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Steven Johnson Jr. at sjohnsonjr@ku.edu or 785-864-0096.

Facts about the 2019 Summer Venture in Business cohort

  • 100% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that SVB increased their desire to attend college after high school.
  • 90% of program participants agreed or strongly agreed that SVB increased their interest and desire to attend the KU School of Business.
  • 100% of program participants agreed or strongly agreed that they learned new aspects of business and future potential career pathways.
  • 100% of program participants agreed or strongly agreed that SVB covered the business and college preparation topics that they hoped to learn.
  • 95% of program participants agreed or strongly agreed that they enjoyed hearing directly from company representatives about careers in business.