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EXPLO Pre-College + Career  |  Colby College Business

From idea generation to market research, study problems facing a real business and pitch your creative solutions to a panel of executives and consultants.

Academics Business

About this Concentration

Campus: Colby College Grades: 10-12

Putting a winning idea into action, creating a business plan, and building and leading a successful team is complex and challenging work. It requires leaders who can think analytically, learn quickly, and innovate boldly. They need to be able to work across disciplines - finance, marketing, accounting, human resources - and connect the right people and ideas in order to solve the most pressing problems and move forward. In this concentration, you’ll be challenged to think like these effective leaders. You’ll learn effective leadership strategies, frameworks for strategy and scaling, and models for developing and testing new ideas used by many of the best business leaders from a wide variety of industries. Connect with people who have secured investors, launched businesses, and scaled companies. Learn from their successes and (more importantly) from their missteps. For the culminating project, you and a small team will consult with a real business or startup on a problem they currently face. Then, you’ll prepare an evidence-backed business solution and present it to the business owner and a panel of consultants from Tyton Partners, Boston.

College credit is not available for this concentration.



  • World-Class Experts

    Connect with industry experts including executives, faculty from top business schools, and consultants from the leading firms. Get insights and tips on everything from securing internships to developing great leadership behaviors.

  • Professional Networking

    Practice making connections, finding collaborators, and vetting new ideas with business owners, consultants, and academics from a variety of industries.

  • Harvard Business School Case Studies

    HBR case studies are at the heart of M.B.A. study. Deep practice with the case method drives critical thinking and complex problem solving. You will dig into cases running from business management and entrepreneurship to leadership and organizational behavior to innovation and global supply chains.

  • Case Competition and Coaching with Tyton Partners, Boston

    Meet with a business owner, analyze the urgent problem facing his or her business, and then develop a plan to address the problem. You’ll be coached by professional business consultants and then present your solutions in a case competition judged by a panel of consultants from Tyton Partners, Boston.

  • Case Interview training with Marc Cosentino

    McKinsey + Company says “Cosentino is the Dean of Case Interviews”. Cosentino’s coaching will prepare you to nail business case interviews, a prerequisite for many competitive internships and jobs in the industry. Cosentino will also explain how you can start a case competition team at your high school and join a case competition network.

Concentration Details


  • Session 1: June 27 - July 9, 2021
  • Session 2: July 11 - July 23, 2021
  • Session 3: July 25 - August 6, 2021

Tuition: $5,875

Required Materials:

  • EXPLO Pre-College + Career students are required to bring a laptop, computer, tablet, or Chromebook to the program. All devices must be able to access the Internet and utilize basic word processing and presentation-type programs (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.) Rentals are available after enrollment in the program. Please contact the Admission Team for more information.
Before EXPLO, I was considering studying Business Management, but I was not entirely sure. However, the Business courses definitely helped me make up my mind. I got the chance to experience a practical approach through collaborations with local and internationally recognised businesses (e.g. PEZ Candy Inc.), which greatly influenced my choice of studying business management.

Sofia Paschenti, King's College

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