Camp Enterprise


New Detroit's Camp Enterprise started in 2003 as a one-day camp, but has evolved into a week-long learning experience held each summer at Wayne State University and at Michigan State University. This "college-prep" Camp program enables it's young participants to gain leadership skills while exposing them to a life-changing experience focused on teamwork-oriented business planning activities.

Impact of Camp Enterprise

The Camp is targeted to business minded students focused on college preparation and entrepreneurship. At Camp, the students are immersed in a highly competitive learning environment with other students from the Detroit area. They are taught by business professionals from a variety of disciplines interested in helping young people learn about business. The experience is designed to bring out the very best in the students. They become better equipped for educational and professional success. This camp is exclusively for students who will be high school juniors and seniors at the start of the school year in the fall. There is no cost to the selected participants. All student selections will be based on eligibility and available seats.

Things Learned at Camp Enterprise:

Camper gets help from a mentor
  • How to create a business plan
  • Teamwork
  • Working under pressure
  • College life
  • Presentation skills
  • Legal aspects of business
  • Business financial statements

2013 Business Team Winners

New Detroit Camp Enterprise 2013 was exceptional in many ways. We hosted the largest number of students at a single camp. Wayne State and Michigan State were exceptional in their accommodation of the students. The students were very successful, despite some very hot weather.

The students received professional skills training, they networked and built teams, which produced business plans from ideas developed as teams, and finally they presented those plans to a panel of business professionals.

The top three teams were recognized by the judging panel with awards of gold, silver and bronze medals for their team's efforts.

The Bronze medal

The bronze medal team developed an idea for a restaurant called, Down by “D” River. A unique approach to American cuisine located in the fast developing riverfront area, downtown Detroit.

The Silver medal

The silver medal winner created “Direct U”, a company that eliminated the need for assembly instructions by creating assembly videos for products created by their customers.

The Gold medal

The Gold medal winners created ProGram, which provides assistance to job hunters, providing access to some unique and effective features, including video resumes and video references along with job search features that truly impressed the judges. They were well coached by Brandon Scott a long time Camp Enterprise coach and Olivia Williams a former camp enterprise participant and now student at Eastern Michigan University

2013 Hudson-Johnson Leadership Award Winner

The Hudson-Johnson Scholarship winner was JaVierre Head. He impressed the camp leadership, coaches and fellow students with a display of leadership that began at orientation. The Thurston High School senior was thrilled to be acknowledged with this award. He will also receive a $1,000.00 scholarship when he attends college next year.