Summer Venture in Business

A pre-college summer academy for underrepresented ethnic minority students in high school and/or potential first-generation college students who are interested in business

Overview

The Summer Venture in Business (SVB) 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 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, the SVB aims to equip students with the tools and knowledge for applying to the university, succeeding in college, and prospering in their careers.

2021 Summer Venture in Business

The 2021 Summer Venture in Business was offered in a virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on June 17, July 8 and July 17.

Each SVB session included an introduction to the School of Business and its student services, a panel with current KU Business students, presentations focused on the school's academic offerings, and a panel and networking mixer with industry professionals.

The Thursday, June 17, session offered presentations focused on:

  • Accounting
  • Management and Leadership
  • Marketing and Professional Selling

The Thursday, July 8, session offered presentations focused on:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Supply Chain Management
  • International Business

The Saturday, July 17, session offered presentations focused on:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and Professional Selling
  • Business Law

Rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade minority students and/or potential first-generation college students are eligible to participate. 

The School of Business gives priority to those in these populations:

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

There is no cost to participating in this program.

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.

Eligibility

  • Rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade minority students and/or potential first-generation college students are eligible to participate.

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