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

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.

The 2021 Summer Venture in Business will be offered in a virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 program will be offered over two days in total (one day in June and one day in July). Dates and the registration link for the 2021 program will be provided later this spring.

SVB participants will engage in lectures centered on the academic majors of the School of Business:

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

Instruction in college preparedness and career preparedness also are incorporated. The program is facilitated by students, faculty and corporate representatives who will coordinate program activities.

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. A registration link for interested students will be provided on this page later this spring.

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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