The Entrepreneurship: Creativity & Innovation Institute

Get guidance to propel yourself forward in owning your own business! Join Us June 25th – June 30th, 2023 @ Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT

"I learned a vast amount about Entrepreneurship and starting my own business with so many great examples and questions answered; plus I had loads of fun and met many like-minded students, RA’s and faculty.”

About the Entrepreneurship Institute

Ready to start your own business?

This summer, bring your passion and curiosity to the Entrepreneurship Institute! You’ll spend a week deep diving into the creativity and innovation that goes into developing new products and services. With the guidance of proven entrepreneurs and experts, plus a network of peers, you’ll leverage your own unique business ideas to propel you to future success.

June 25th – June 30th, 2023 @ Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT

College credits available!

For information regarding tuition, please click here.

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At This Institute You Will

  • Learn how to translate your ideas into a real, successful, and sustainable business.
  • Examine your own strengths and learn to develop a winning team of business partners.
  • Acquire financial, operational, and marketing insights to enable you to launch and grow your own business.
  • Delve into the ethics, sustainability, and social responsibility of business.
  • Network with successful Vermont business people and visit local businesses.
  • Work with professional mentors to make your product ideas a reality.
  • Have the time of your life!

Earn College Credit This Summer

High school rising juniors and seniors may enroll for VTC college credit for this Institute using their Dual Enrollment voucher. For more information contact Laurel Butler of Vermont Technical College at [email protected].

Please note that colleges charge an extra fee on top of GIV tuition for granting credits, but most students can utilize a Dual Enrollment voucher to fully cover that fee. The Dual Enrollment program guarantees free college credits for VT juniors and seniors. To learn more, click here. Dual Enrollment funds by law may not be used to pay GIV tuition, which is due separately.

So how does it all work?

Every day is a unique experience filled with expert-led instruction, hands-on investigation, field trips, and immersive learning. We work to build a community around our experiences and share in our passion for everything we explore.

**The schedule is slightly different each year and announced when you arrive!

GIV’s supportive Institute structure is endlessly enriching, empowering, and engaging.

An Example of a Day at the Entrepreneurship Institute

7:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Morning Workshop
10:00 AM: Work In Teams to Develop A Product
12:00 PM: Lunch and Free Time
3:30 PM: Continued Supported Team Time
5:00 PM: Dinner
6:00 PM: Team Presentations
7:30 PM: Evening Workshop
8:30 PM: Evening Activities
10:30 PM: End of Day

Check out the vibe from Entrepreneurship 2022!

Entrepreneurship Faculty

A native Vermonter, Laurel has traveled extensively, as well as lived in several states/cities, Europe, the West Indies/Caribbean and Saudi Arabia, however, as she says, “Vermont is really at my heart – it’s home!”

She taught for several years in secondary and post-secondary education – business, entrepreneurship, personal finance, hospitality/tourism and assisted students in service learning, co-operative education and internship programs.  In addition she spent many years in the hotel/hospitality industry (she is a CHA – Certified Hotel Administrator) in key operational, general management, marketing, training and franchise development positions as well as served on several local, state and national hospitality, convention and tourism boards.  Laurel has also owned and operated her own small hospitality and consulting businesses.  Currently, she works full time for the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) as a Business Advisor/Start-up Specialist, teaches part-time in the Women’s Small Business Program and enjoys painting in watercolors and mixed media.

Tamie-Jo is a Nationally Board Certified Business Teacher. She has been teaching at CVU High School for the past 21 years. During her time at CVU she has redesigned the business course offerings; traveled to England, Ireland and Wales with students four times; traveled with students to Turkey to participate in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fair twice; advised remarkable business students in the school’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club; and worked strongly with the community providing valuable internship opportunities for students. She is a certified Jazzercise instructor and loves to make “guest appearances” in wellness classes and do school-wide fundraisers for organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her passion is teaching entrepreneurship and business social responsibility. She provides training opportunities for teachers around the state on how to implement entrepreneurship into their curriculum, and her students have been winners of many state-wide business plan competitions.

Excited About Starting Your Own Business? This Is the Institute for You!