Emerging Business Leaders Hero

Preparing tomorrow’s leaders – today

The Emerging Business Leaders (EBL) program at Gies College of Business is a two-week summer program designed for high-achieving Black, African-American, Hispanic, Latina/o, and Native American students entering their senior year of high school. Participants live on campus and learn from world-renowned faculty, work on a capstone group project with other students, and connect with corporate executives to expand their knowledge on business-related careers.

Program Dates: July 7-19, 2019

The 2019 EBL Participant Application deadline is April 15.

Program Activities

  • Attend business seminars led by faculty
  • Build your résumé and practice interviewing
  • Visit companies and network with executives
  • Acquire professional business etiquette
  • Work in groups to solve business problems
  • Learn about college admissions
  • Have fun and make new friends

Application Criteria

The Emerging Business Leaders Program is open to underrepresented students entering their senior year of high school. You must have:

  • 3.2/4.0 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrated leadership through extracurricular, volunteer, or work experiences
  • Ability to attend the entire program (July 7–19, 2019)

Cost & Scholarships

The $500 program fee due May 15 covers housing, meals, and social activities. Full scholarships are guaranteed for students with financial need.

Students who complete this summer program, apply, and are admitted into Gies College of Business will earn a renewable scholarship to help cover college costs.

News and Events

iVenture Demo Days - Chicago

Every iVenture Demo Day showcases the top student startups from the University of Illinois. Our innovators and entrepreneurs are creating products and services in a diverse range of fields.

Past ventures have explored areas of augmented reality, battery technology, consumer services, crowdfunding, data mining, employee engagement, financial services, music education, nuclear waste management, security, and solar technology.

In the last few years, the iVenture Accelerator program has seen $8M raised, 50 ventures supported, and 150 student entrepreneurs educated through this program.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and interact with these passionate, driven young visionaries. Presentations will be followed by a reception of appetizers and light refreshments.

Learn more at GiesBusiness.illinois.edu/iventure-accelerator.

REGISTER: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/759606

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