Valor, Metro partner with Vanderbilt for charter school initiative

VU Accelerator Summer Business Institute to provide students for program

Local charter schools management company Valor Collegiate Academies and Metro Government — which is looking to launch various college prep charter schools during the next few years — are turning to the students in the Vanderbilt University Accelerator Summer Business Institute for ideas.

The VU accelerator program (read more here) launches on Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management’s Averbuch Auditorium. The accelerator teams will give their final presentations on Friday, June 7.

One of the challenges for the multiple accelerator teams is to reach out to high school and college students to gather information on how to fulfill the eight elements that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Next Generation Learning Challenge has identified as essential for college-ready students:

The Accelerator Summer Business Institute is an intense month-long business boot camp run by VU’s Owen School. In the program, for which VU's David Owens (pictured) serves as faculty director, college students and recent graduates from across the country are immersed in a competitive business environment, working to create a solution to  challenges presented by local and national companies.

The students hone essential skills in marketing, sales, finance, real estate, research and corporate strategy, while participating companies receive the brainpower, creativity and proposals from the young participants.