Due to the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Summer Entrepreneurship Institute is canceled. The next Summer Entrepreneurship Institute is planned for July 2021. Thank you for your understanding. 

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.

When is the Summer Entrepreneurship Institute?

The Summer Entrepreneurship Institute is July 2021.  The day camp is held at the Riverfront in the School of Management classrooms. 

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 March/April 2021. Please check back then or send an email to us! Space is limited to 25 students!

What is the cost to attend?

It is $150 for three days. Need-based scholarships are available. A student who is related to a UM-Flint student, alumni, staff, or faculty member will receive an automatic $25 scholarship towards the camp. The cost covers breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, and other miscellaneous items like a T-Shirt, Backpack, and other items.  

Any other questions? 

Visit UM-Flint K-12 page to view a list of FAQs

2019 Summer Entrepreneurship 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/was enjoyable to interact with the group of impressive, talented high-school students that attended the Summer Entrepreneurship Institute.”  - Brian Blume, Interim Associate Director of the Hagerman Center & Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management

"The visit to 100K Ideas made our ideas really seem possible. It was really beneficial and helped me grow." - 2019 SEI Student

"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 

Read More Testimonials from 2018


Participants of the Summer Entrepreneurship Institute toured the Flint Ferris Wheel, which is one of the central hubs for innovation in the community. They were welcomed with a fascinating presentation by Phil Hagerman, which included his history with Diplomat Pharmacy and his other ventures. 



The main activity the students focus on during their three days is generating and developing an idea for a new product/service. Teams of three to four students create a short presentation and pitch their idea to their peers and instructors. 


Students have lunch with entrepreneurs one day during the camp. The entrepreneurs and students interact to discuss ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurial experiences. (Photos above are from 2018 Summer Entrepreneurship Institutes) 



Photoshoot break with the students! Where will these smiling faces go? The sky is not the limit, but it is only the beginning for them on their entrepreneurial endeavors!


View the 2018 & 2019 Summer Entrepreneurship Institute Photo Gallery