Business Programs

Business & Emerging Technologies

Explore how new technologies are used to build successful businesses at the NSLC on Business & Emerging Technologies.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
Advances in technology and the development of the internet have dramatically changed the way we live and work. At the NSLC on Business & Emerging Technologies, students will explore how businesses are using the newest technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, the Internet of Things (IoT), additive manufacturing, cloud computing, and cryptocurrencies to cut costs, increase profits, improve marketing, and enhance customer experiences.
While at the NSLC, students will discover how emerging technologies have created new business opportunities and will learn how traditional businesses are harnessing technology to transform into digital businesses.

Program Highlights

Digital business transformation simulation
You and your team will create a business plan to take a traditional business and transform it into a digital business that takes advantage of both existing and emerging technologies.

City of Tomorrow simulation

Work with your team to design a City of Tomorrow, redesigning different city sectors to take advantage of emerging technologies and create a high quality of life for your citizens.

Guest speakers

Hear from professors and industry professionals on topics ranging from digital business to various emerging technologies to developing an innovative mindset to merge new technologies and business.

Dates & Locations

Hands-On Simulations

At the NSLC on Business & Emerging Technologies, you and your team will work to transform a traditional business into a high-tech digital business — using technology to cut costs, improve customer service, and better market your products or services.You’ll also work with your team to build the city of tomorrow, creating a development plan that incorporates emerging technologies into a multitude of city sectors to improve the quality of life of your citizens.

Business Emerging Tech 2

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC on Business & Emerging Technologies, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the business and technology community.
In past years, guest speakers at the NSLC have included:

Mr. James Conley
Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Mr. Stanley Zee
Innovation Program Lead, Molex

Mr. J. Christopher Westland
Professor, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, University of Illinois-Chicago

Ms. Beth Grabowski
Director of Marketing and Analytics, Chicago White Sox

Ms. Althea Lim
CEO, Gushcloud International

Mr. Shawn Miles
Executive Vice President, Mastercard Global

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of Business & Emerging Technologies.
These trips may include:

Northwestern University

  • Amazon Fulfillment Center
  • Blue Lacuna Innovation Center
  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
  • Northwestern University Segal Design Institute
    Magnificent Mile
  • Navy Pier

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Business & Emerging Technologies program include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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