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Business Bootcamp: Innovation Management (Full Day Intensive)

Residential only  |  11th & 12th graders  |  Registration Closed

This dynamic three-week experience has been carefully crafted to optimize exposure into the wide field around “The Development of New Ideas.” New ideas are at the core of every business’s health. Within a highly-experiential curriculum, students will learn and test-out business tools that generate, screen, prioritize, and improve raw concepts into feasible business cases. Such leadership skills are critical in any setting; from social improvements and not-for-profit endeavors to classic garage start-ups, struggling small companies and behemoth corporations.

The Development of New Ideas” program is comprised of these major elements:

Innovation management at the concept stage: Fundamental strategies and tools that steer the direction of an organization and help prioritize the types of ideas and concepts that gain critical attention and funding.

Corporate marketing and new product development: Rapid-fire mini-lectures with in-class assignments to teach the fundamentals of segmentation, channels, branding, and the “development” of a new product using the Business Model Canvas template.

Design thinking: Through an actual project assignment, teams will get their hands dirty learning and using the human-centric creative problem-solving attitude of user-interviews, quick prototypes, demos and presentations.

Business simulation: Offers students the chance to experience the excitement of running a simulated marketing department as they compete for customers and profits!

Local business tours: Interactive field trips which span business maturity levels from student incubator, to startup, to small business, to large corporation.

Business clubs: Our program has a variety of required and optional after-hours homework projects and business club activities to keep you engaged and encourage you to and test what you are learning, including YORI™ Club (Your Own Real Idea): where students, guided by course teachings, a workbook and a mentor, investigate and probe their own ideas for businesses and products.

Instructors: Mark Wilson and Simon Business School Faculty

The Basics of Investments and Careers in Finance

9-12th graders  |  Registration Closed

This class introduces the many disciplines of finance, what to expect during academic training at a university level, and potential career paths.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an investment banker, a financial advisor, or a private equity, hedge fund, or real estate investor? Examine the pros and cons of various career paths within the world of finance. Learn about different types of investments, build your own hypothetical investment portfolio, speak with professionals in the industry, and more.

This class will also introduce several aspects of personal finance (things we wish we thought about when entering college).

Instructor: Rob Rahbari, Senior Investment Officer and Stephanie Westen, Investment Operations Analyst. Investment Office.

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