IUPUI Boss Camp

Watch video! Hear from two future entreprenuers about their experience in the IUPUI BOSS Camp.

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This is a vegan restaurant and it's Vegan Eats. We want to change the way people see vegan. I want it to feel like home. I decided to do this program, because I've always wanted to be a business owner. That's what I want to do and it'd be a great head start for me. The most important thing I learned is business planning; and how to actually build a business and maintain a business. I plan on going to college on a scholarship. I want to have my own business or I was thinking about being in the medical field. Overall, I was learning to be different. Really, just be different because there's a lot of the same things out there. They said, be different, find the problem, and come up with a solution to the problem, so that's one of the main things I really learned that I will definitely be taking home. Go out there and do it and find...find your passion! With the right mindset, it's possible.

Collaborating with campus and community for student learning

During BOSS Camp, BOSS students gain knowledge and confidence from IUPUI faculty, college student mentors, and local business experts and owners who help BOSS students envision, research, and design a future business.

  • Kelley faculty teach BOSS students about business foundations and types of businesses; product demand and pricing, advertising and promotion; management and personnel; and manufacturing, delivery, and logistics.  
  • Herron faculty teach Design Thinking, and work hands-on with BOSS students in the Think It Make It makerspace using 3D printers, laser cutters, printers, and VR technology to create product prototypes and advertising materials for their businesses.
  • IUPUI students serve as mentors and are available to help BOSS students conduct business research, plan and complete assignments, and support their needs throughout the week. 
  • Special speakers from the business community attend and offer practical advice about business ownership.  
  • Business experts from banks and business resource centers attend to share important information to pursue their business ideas after BOSS Camp.


BOSS Camp is a summer job and a personal investment of time for the high school students, and BOSS students are paid a weekly salary that they may use to invest in their first business, education, or other passions. They also can win cash awards for their business ideas at the Friday Pitch Contest. 


BOSS is free and open to students from all four IPS district high schools: George Washington, Crispus Attucks, Arsenal Tech, and Shortridge. Each 5-day BOSS Camp can accommodate up to 30 students. Interested students complete an application, which includes parent information for students under 18 years of age.


2021 Crispus Attucks Boss Camp

94%Rated BOSS Camp as Excellent or Good when asked if it will be Applicable in School

94%Rated the Camp Content as Excellent or Good

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Interns and IUPUI student mentors from the Office of Community Engagement and the Kelley School of Business stop for a photo
Left photo: Tim Scales Right photo: In July 2019 Tim Scale works with a George Washington High School student during the BOSS Summer Camp. Photo courtesy of Victor Hill, Shadowbox Photography  
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The IUPUI BOSS Camp is open to students in the four IPS district schools: Arsenal Tech, Crispus Attucks, George Washington, and Shortridge. Learn more through your school's Workbased Learning Coordinators.