Of Our Program Graduates,
57%consider themselves entrepreneurs
100%consider themselves innovative
57%want to pursue entrepreneurship
86%consider themselves leaders
About The Program
This program is open to both Furman and Non-Furman college students
2024 Applications are now open
- *Students who apply ‘Early Action’, before February 1st, will move directly to our second and final interview stage.
- Applications Close April 5th, 2023 at 11:59 PM
$7,500 *Furman Students receive 20% discount ($6,000)*
- *Need-based scholarships available*
*Cost includes, tuition, housing, meals and a number of high impact experiences*
June 10th – July 28th, 2024
- *week of July 4th given off*
3 weeks course curriculum, 4 weeks consulting
Monday – Friday | 8:55 AM – 2:30 PM
This application-based summer-long program equips students with the business fundamentals of innovation and entrepreneurship. The high-impact experience is designed for students who want to complement their degree with real world business and innovation experience while a variety of potential career paths.
During the first three weeks of the Summer Business and Innovation Bootcamp, students will learn the business, marketing and management fundamentals they will use to launch a mock-business. To conclude section of their curriculum based knowledge, students will partake in a mock-launch in which they will pitch to investors, analyze project data and see what it really means to be an entrepreneur and business owner.
For the second half of the program, our students will start with an 2 day emersion of consulting training before being put into groups and paired with one of four local growth-stage companies. Fundamentally, students accepted into this program will acquire early career-accelerating experiences that will distinguish them from their peers.
- Business fundamentals
- Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Leadership, and more
- Innovation and design thinking principles
- Mentoring and speaker series
- Early career accelerating strategies
- How to distinguish yourself from your peers and secure the most competitive internships
- Hands on consulting experience with local growth-stage companies
- Program can be counted towards Furman’s Pathways Required Engaged Learning Experiences
- Program is open to both Furman and Non-Furman college students.
- Minimum GPA: 2.0
Typical Careers of Interest
- Business Ownership
- Business Management
- Private Equity
Jackson Dellamar'25 | Boot Camp '23
Major: Business Administration | Minor: Data Analytics
“My time in the Summer Business and Innovation Boot Camp was truly invaluable. As a business major with a minor in data analytics, I acquired crucial business fundamentals in the initial three weeks, covering areas like accounting, finance, marketing, management, leadership, and design principles. During the subsequent weeks, I collaborated with a student consulting team at Skills Gap, a Greenville startup committed to tech education for underserved communities. This experience not only enriched my practical knowledge but also honed my teamwork skills. It allowed me to apply the lessons from the first three weeks and gave me insights into what my post-Furman journey might entail. I had an outstanding experience and enthusiastically recommend the Boot Camp to others.”
This program is held both on and off campus in our Furman101 classroom in downtown Greenville! If you are worried about transportation, our team will help you coordinate a carpool with one of your classmates (typically, about half of the cohort carpools with the other).
Absolutely not, The Hill Institute will cover all parking costs by providing parking stickers if you park in the Richardson Street Parking Garage.
The Hill Institute will cover both on and off campus parking; on the first day you arrive you will receive a parking pass for the summer with details regarding where you can and cannot park around Furman’s Campus.
Absolutely not! In fact, we have designed this program to be approachable to all majors; typically, our cohort consists of, Accounting, Art, Business, Communications, Data Analytics, Economics, Foreign Language, Psychology and Sustainability.
There is no requirements for students to fit within these categories, instead, this list typically has overlapping interest with the Summer Business and Innovation Boot Camp.
We have the opportunity to work with many great growth-stage startups in Greenville; venture pairings will be shared at the start of the Boot Camp program. As we began the consulting portion of this program over the summer of 2023, we have thus far worked with the following companies: Custom Donations, Skillsgapp, TestedHQ, and Vicinity Capital.