May 19, 2011 – The University of Minnesota is hosting its third annual summer program designed to introduce high school students to the basics of entrepreneurship and launching a business. From June 13 through July 14 on the University campus, over 30 Minneapolis high school students will engage in active learning sessions covering business fundamentals and personal development topics alongside University faculty, recent graduates, and experienced local entrepreneurs.

jEM is a five-week camp intended to develop the students’ understanding of business fundamentals and entrepreneurship, with particular emphasis on problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. Other topics covered include ethics, social responsibility, and self-assessment. In addition to their hands-on learning experience, participants will also complete an ongoing service project: developing and maintaining a community garden at St. Olaf Community Campus, a senior living facility in North Minneapolis. This includes planning the layout of the garden, building compost bins and irrigation equipment, and planting and caring for all of the greenery.
The jEM program is jointly developed by the Office for Business Community Economic Development and the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis’ STEP-UP program. Support also comes from Synico Staffing, Ajasa Technologies, Select Source International, the Minnesota Twins, Dairy Queen, Bachman’s Floral, Gardens of Eagan, Quality Bicycle Products, and Rani Engineering.
If you are a local entrepreneur interested in sharing the story of your business, sponsoring this program in any way, or donating needed items for the program, 1255989103  please contact the Office for Business Community Economic Development B-Tech Center at 612-624-3404, or email the jEM program at You can also find more about jEM online at