Info For
Skip to Content
Entrepreneurs share their experience

IMPACT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Camp

What if we told you that the world’s next biggest idea could be yours? What if we told you that same idea could IMPACT people on the other side of the globe? What we know is that you have everything it takes to bring this type of IMPACT to reality.

IMPACT is a seven-day summer Innovation & Entrepreneurship camp at Taylor University for high school juniors and seniors who want to be change-makers and IMPACT the world by turning their ideas into reality!

Dates: June 18-24, 2023

Cost: $800 - Scholarships are available!

Teachers, guidance counselors, pastors, mentors, and parents: use the link below to nominate a high school student to be a part of IMPACT!

Are you a student who would like to be nominated for IMPACT? Please email us at

What Will IMPACT Be Like?

At IMPACT, entrepreneurship is not taught from a textbook, but by doing. During the intensive, 7-day program, students are divided into handpicked teams to strategically address their ideas and to develop a feasible project plan through practical tools. Through many different ways, students will learn how to develop their God-given leadership abilities and how to transform society for the common good. By the end of the program, students will have turned their ideas into ready-to-be-launched ventures.

During the week of camp, you’ll be engaged in many different activities focused on problem-solving and entrepreneurship, such as:

Peer-to-peer discussions

Sessions with world-class speakers

Personalized leadership coaching with current Taylor students

Experimental learning outside the classroom

What happens after the week of IMPACT?

After camp ends, students will have the chance to join an acceleration season for free at IMPACT’s very own Venture Incubator. Those who decide to continue working on their projects with IMPACT’s assistance will experience, at no extra cost:

  • A 10-month period of online classes and regular meetings to prepare you to launch your venture
  • Access to dual-credit Taylor classes
  • Opportunity to pitch your project in a Shark Tank-like event with real investors for your business

By the end of the week on campus, each group should have developed a stable project that offers a solution to their assigned real-world problem. This will lead into a 10-month period of acceleration that will teach you how to transform your idea into a viable venture. At the end of the program, each group should have all the necessary tools, information, and minimum skills to build a successful venture.

Who is IMPACT for?

IMPACT is designed for high school students who desire to address society’s most pressing needs with creative and innovative solutions and those who seek to become entrepreneurs by turning their ideas into real businesses. If you are someone who wants to engage in innovation & entrepreneurship or know others who do, IMPACT is the right place!

Featured Speakers

Chuck Surack

Chuck Surak

Sweetwater Founder and Chairman of the Board

Dena Jaquay

Dena Jaquay

Parkview Health Chief Administrative Officer

Brad Chambers

Brad Chambers

Indiana Secretary of Commerce

Dena Jaquay

Michael Lindsay, Ph.D.

Taylor University President

The Impact of Faith

At IMPACT, we ground our commitment to leadership development in a framework that prizes serving others, caring for the community, and thinking more highly of others than ourselves. This servant-leadership paradigm is fundamental to how we approach the development of entrepreneurs and the kind of ventures they pursue. Through this weeklong, immersive experience, you’ll be exposed to entrepreneurial exemplars, people of faith who embody the values and virtues of servant-leadership who are spiritually grounded and represent the best of the Christian community’s contribution to the common good. 

Contact Us

Questions? Email to get answers. 


Mick Bates

Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • D.Mgt, George Fox University
  • MBA, Regent University
  • BS, United States Military Academy
View Profile