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What is IMPACT?

IMPACT is a seven-day summer Innovation & Entrepreneurship camp at Taylor University followed by an optional 10-month Acceleration. At the end of the program, students will have all the necessary tools, information, and minimum skills to build a successful venture.

IMPACT is designed for high school juniors and seniors who desire to address society’s most pressing needs with creative and innovative solutions and those who seek to become entrepreneurs by turning their ideas into real businesses.

IMPACT is hosted by Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Taylor pursues academic excellence in a transformative community, infused with a passion to live life to the full. 2024 dates are TBA.

How much does it cost? What do the program fees cover?

The cost of the program for 2024 students is TBA.

The program fees cover:

  • All program materials
  • CliftonStrengths assessment
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Transportation to and from the airport

There are scholarships available. Students must indicate in their application process if they want to be considered for scholarships.

How do I nominate a student?
How does the selection process work?

Admissions begin with the nomination of students. After students have been nominated, they will receive an invitation to apply. Once applications are received, they will be evaluated by the IMPACT team.

Can I apply even if I have not been nominated?

You must have been nominated by an authority figure who is familiar with your academic or entrepreneurial potential to apply. You may request a teacher, guidance counselor, pastor, mentor, guardian, or parent to nominate you to pave the way for your application.

How will I know if my application has been accepted?

You will receive an email notifying you of your admission to IMPACT and assigning you the tasks of the Preparation Season.

Once I am accepted, is there any preparatory work I will need to do before I arrive?

After being accepted, you will receive a few assignments via email. That is when you need to submit an idea of a business model, a ministry opportunity, a product concept, a nonprofit organization, or a real-world issue. During the IMPACT immersion week, you will be trained to transform ideas into potential winning concepts.

If English is not my first language, what level of English is required for me to attend IMPACT?

International students are not required to submit any proficiency test scores. However, students will need to understand and speak English fluently to participate. Students are required to set up an online interview with the IMPACT director before being accepted.

Who are the peer mentors?

IMPACT peer mentors are some of Taylor University’s finest students. They are trained specifically for this program to ensure the best experience for participants.

What should I bring for the immersion week?

Packing List TBA

How do I arrange transportation to/from Impact?

IMPACT staff will provide transportation to and from the Indianapolis airport. To ensure this, you will need to indicate your travel plans on the Confirmation Form sent after your acceptance.