Join us June 23–29, 2019 & July 7–13, 2019

A unique summer experience for high school students seeking a challenging and fast-paced business boot-camp experience! Live the life of an entrepreneur this summer with Susquehanna University’s Sigmund Weis School of Business.

The Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship (LIFE) provides high school students like you with an exclusive leadership opportunity to better prepare you for future success.

Working in a simulated entrepreneurial setting, you and your teammates will develop an idea to solve a problem, investigate the feasibility as a business, identify competitors, develop a website and prototype, and compete for prizes! During this exciting and challenging week, you will acquire leadership and team-building skills, develop new friendships and learn valuable lessons from the pros.

And because you will live with Susquehanna business majors in residence halls, you will hear firsthand what it’s like to go to the Sigmund Weis School of Business, a world-class undergraduate business school.

High school students entering grades 10-12 are invited to register.

Comprehensive fees include room, meals and all program materials.

  • After May 8: $1,025


Scholarships are available based on financial need and academic performance. No full-tuition scholarships are available.

A letter from your guidance counselor, indicating your eligibility for free/reduced lunch or other measure(s) of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration.


All registrations must be submitted no later than June 8 for week 1 and June 22 for week 2.

A non-refundable $250 deposit is due at registration. Balance is due 14 days prior to starting camp.

All supporting documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

You should arrive on campus between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m on Sunday, June 23, for the first session and Sunday, July 7, for the second session. 

Highlights of the week include:

  • Working with real entrepreneurs and expert professors in entrepreneurship
  • Exploring your business idea with new friends and developing the skills to bring a business to life
  • Visiting local businesses, including a family-owned amusement park and a fitness empire
  • Dining etiquette exercise to improve your networking and communication skills
  • Formal end-of-session presentations to win cash prizes, sponsored by Wagner, Dreese, Elsasser & Associates, P.C. 

The programs conclude on Saturday, June 29, and Saturday, July 13, and parents are encouraged to attend. A breakfast with the Sigmund Weis School of Business faculty will be held for participants and their families from 8:30 -9:30 a.m. LIFE participants will present their final presentations and infomercials on Saturday from 10 - 11:30 am.

Sample schedule

  • 8-8:45 a.m.- Breakfast
  • 9-10 a.m.- Introduction to idea generation
  • 10-10:15 a.m.- Break
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m.- How to solve problems which can be turned into businesses
  • 11:30-12:30 p.m.- Lunch
  • 1-3 p.m.- Visit local business
  • 3-4 p.m. How to build a 60-minute website
  • 4-5:15 p.m.- Working in teams with your mentor
  • 6-7:30 p.m.- Power dining and etiquette experience
  • 8-9:30 p.m.- Talent show/outdoor movie on the lawn/ice cream social
  • 10 p.m.- Group meeting
  • Midnight- Lights out

Week 1 co-directors:

  • Emma Fleck, associate professor of management
  • Lauren Elsasser '13 Smith, founder of The Miss Cupcake Food Truck

Week 2 co-directors:

  • Emma Fleck, associate professor of management
  • James Tierney, the Pennsylvania State University

"The LIFE program helped me gain insightful knowledge of entrepreneurship and business management. As a business major at Susquehanna University, I feel LIFE has given me a clear advantage over other students. My LIFE program experience and view of the business program were the largest influential factors affecting my decision to study here." -Jim Weyent

"The LIFE program was such an amazing experience that I could have stayed for another two weeks at least. Thanks again!"-Rob Langtry

"Thank you for giving our son Zachary the memory and experience of a lifetime."-Marc and Jacqui Litif 

"I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part in this wonderful experience...I hope that future young entrepreneurs will get the same chance that I did to shine."-Brenton Wanner

"It was one of the best experiences of my life."-Kevin T. Weyant 

"Thank you for the wonderful time I had at the Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship program."-Paul Anderson

"Many students tell me LIFE was 'the best week of my life.' I think the key to such a wonderful experience is the combination of real-life, successful entrepreneurs, lifelong educators, and college-age program assistants who are all passionate about seeing each and every student have a fun-filled educational week with us. "-Tom Houck, parent of former LIFE students and former entrepreneur-in-residence

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