Summer Entrepreneurship Institute

What is the Summer Entrepreneurship Institute?
It is a three-day summer camp/institute for High School students who will be a junior or senior in Fall 2021/2022. It will be held virtually this year.

When is the Summer Entrepreneurship Institute?
The Summer Entrepreneurship Institute is Tues. – Thurs., July 20-22, 2021. The day camp will be held virtually this year via Zoom from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

What will students do at the Institute?
The Summer Entrepreneurship Institute will assist participants with an interest in business and entrepreneurship to decide if this is a route they would like to pursue in college. The program will engage students in a series of life-changing sessions, allowing them to get a feel for the field. The mission is to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and to assist students in learning about the process of starting and growing new ventures.

When do applications open?
Applications will open in May 2021. Please apply by Friday, June 4. You can send an email to us with any questions! Space is limited to 25 students!

What is the cost to attend?
It is $75 for three days. Need-based scholarships are available and can be requested on the application form when applying to the program. A student who is related to a UM-Flint student, alumni, staff, or faculty member will receive an automatic $25 scholarship towards the camp. Please email us after completing the application requesting the UM-Flint Family Relations scholarship to be applied to your application.

Can parents attend the event with their student?
Parents/guardians will be invited to attend a virtual introductory information session on the morning of the first day of camp.

Institute Expectations

The program will help participants decide if entrepreneurship or business are fields they want to pursue in college.

Students will:

  • Recognize what is required to become a successful entrepreneur
  • Encourage entrepreneurial thinking to identify new business ideas
  • Learn how to evaluate the feasibility of potential business ideas

Activities include:

  • Interactive lectures with School of Management Faculty
  • Entrepreneur guest speaker
  • Team project and presentations
  • Creativity exercises

Our goal is to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and assist students in learning about the process of starting new ventures.

Typical Day

  • 9:45 – 10 a.m. Login to Zoom
  • 10 a.m. Faculty-led discussion and activities
  • 11 a.m. Break
  • 11:15 a.m. Entrepreneur Guest speaker
  • Noon Lunch break
  • 12:30 p.m. Team Project work
  • 1:30 p.m. Faculty-led discussion and activities
  • 2:30 p.m. Dismissal

Institute Reflections

They gave me many ideas to fuel my business! I don’t typically reach out to other students in these environments, but I felt I made very good relationships with my peers here.” – 2019 SEI Student

The students benefit from interacting with Professors, but also really enjoy meeting and hearing the experiences of entrepreneurs who give guest lectures. It’s also nice to see how students get to know others who have a similar entrepreneurial passion. Overall, it is enjoyable to interact with the group of impressive, talented high-school students that attend the Summer Entrepreneurship Institute.” – Brian Blume, Interim Associate Director of the Hagerman Center & Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management

“It helped me go in the direction I wanted to go and helped me fuel one of my ideas.” – 2019 SEI Student

Going into the program, I never expected the students to be so enthusiastic and hands-on. It was amazing seeing all of them take the event and turn it into something much bigger. It was definitely an amazing learning experience for everyone involved. I wish I would have participated in something like that when I was in high school and trying to decide what field of study I wanted to pursue!” – Ashley Hardacre, UM-Flint Student Volunteer

Program Contact

Shanae Dawson
(810) 762-5987
shanaed@umich.edu