150 high school students attend business camp at St. John's University

Updated: July 25, 2019 06:49 PM

Hundreds of high schoolers from around Minnesota are on the St. John's University campus this week for a unique camp.

The students are learning about entrepreneurship and financial literacy, and must create a business or product through Minnesota Business Venture camp.


The 150 students work with business leaders who are there as volunteers, and then have to pitch their idea or business to investors, "Shark Tank" style.

"I think this camp is wonderful because it helps so many different people in so many different ways, it changes a lot of peoples lives, so coming back would be a great way to help more and more people and see the impact that I can create," said Maple Grove High School senior Sami Kanukunta, who attended the camp last year and is back this year as a CEO camper.

BestPrep is the Twin Cities based nonprofit that runs Minnesota Business Venture.

"It's a very direct way to give back to students and have an impact on the people who are going to be the workforce and future leaders of Minnesota and the country," said Jonathan Filzel, the program manager.

Nicole Pexa is one of the volunteer business leaders; her day job is with Securian Financial in St. Paul. She's on campus this week coaching her group.

"It really does inspire me that this next generation has some really good ideas and can work together, and it’s so cool to see their energy," she said.

Minnesota Business Venture is now in its 39th year. Click here to find out more about the camp, and how you can attend or volunteer.

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