College of Business to host online summer camp for aspiring entrepreneurs

The Venture Validator will be held entirely online.

Colorado State University’s College of Business is fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs by offering an online summer camp designed for high school students.

The Venture Validator Summer Camp, hosted by the Institute for Entrepreneurship, gives high school students a preview of what it takes to become an entrepreneur. The weeklong online camp – June 8-12 – is designed for incoming 8th- through 12th-grade students. Registration is available at, with a cost of $25.

The camp includes daily three-hour video sessions on a range of business principles. Students will conduct customer discovery and market research, create a business model, analyze their competitive landscape, prototype products and ultimately sharpen their business ideas that they’ll pitch with the goal of creating successful ventures.

The program is led by Scott Shrake, director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, and Hope Parker, manager of K12 programming at the Institute for Entrepreneurship.

“The Venture Validator is an exciting opportunity for us to continue to connect with budding student entrepreneurs across Colorado and the broader U.S.,” Shrake said. “It will be an incredible experience for the students who not only get to go through the process of validating a business idea but also get to interact with top CSU faculty members and local entrepreneurs.  It’s going to be a whirlwind of a camp.”

Venture Validator Summer Camp 

Dates: June 8-12, 2020 (noon-3 p.m.)

Location: Online

Cost: $25