A Summer Business Camp Committed to Diversity in Entrepreneurship

The Albers Summer Business Institute (SBI) at Seattle University is a credit-bearing, project-based summer business camp for high school students focused on social entrepreneurship.

The program provides youth from African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Hmong American, and Nepalese American heritages the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship, data visualization, economics, and more. Thanks to the support of our gracious sponsors, the two-week-long program is free to apply, has a $50 registration deposit, and operates on an equitable tiered scholarship support model for program tuition.

Do you have a high school student (currently in grade 9, 10, or 11) interested in entrepreneurship? Are they interested in experiencing college-level business, marketing, and economics classes? SBI is a great way for them to sample the instruction, interactions, and opportunities that business school offers.

Summer Business Institute Highlights 

For 20 years, the Summer Business Institute has given rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors a rare sneak peek of life at business school. For one week, they get to experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate courses
  • Attending classes with university professors
  • Developing a business with a team to present in front of corporate leaders
  • Working with mentors who are undergraduates at Seattle U
  • Attending exclusive visits with our corporate partners
  • Participating in social activities
  • And much more!

Upon completion of the program, participants receive three college credits.

One of the Best Summer Camps for High School Students in the Seattle Area

Past participants of SBI have been overwhelmingly positive about their experience. Out of students surveyed about the 2020 program:

  • 85% stated that the program met or exceeded their expectations
  • 85% said they would recommend the program to their peers
  • 95% said that based on this experience, they will apply to some form of post-secondary education their senior year

A number of SBI alumni have not only gone on to college but were also inspired to start their own business ventures. The program opened their eyes to the possibilities offered by the business school and gave them the confidence to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Why SBI?


$50 program fee for qualified students

Focus on the Future

3 college credits upon completion

Fun Filled Week

Lectures, team projects, networking

Who Can Apply

9th through 11th grade students from African-American , Latin/Hispanic, Native American Indigenous, and Pacific Islander heritages.

Alumni Benefits

Your experience with Seattle University is about more than your time with us during the summer. It is about creating opportunities for success towards your post-secondary goals. We will provide you with digital resources and support in college planning, career development, and financial literacy after you successfully complete your time with the Albers Summer Business Institute. 

'A glimpse of business school at a relaxed level'

Viola Sloniker-Tabares was a participant in the 2017 Summer Business Institute. She is now attending the University of Washington and recently opened her own jewelry and accessories shop on Depop.

Viola TabaresHow she learned about SBI: "My mom told me about SBI and said it would be a great idea to attend."

Why it intrigued her: "I had no idea what major I wanted going into senior year."

What she felt when she started the program: "I was a bit nervous because I didn't know anybody and didn't know anything about business."

What she enjoyed the most: "The group work where we had to come up with a business idea and present it to everyone. My group came up with the idea of a mobile van that did hair. We all dressed up for the presentation. I was super proud."

What she got out of SBI: "I got a glimpse of business school at a relaxed level. And I wouldn't have been as confident about college if I hadn't gone."

Past SBI Sponsors

Need more information?

O. David Jackson

Assistant Dean Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Accepting Applications After February 2023