Schulich Business Excellence Academy (SBEA)

After last year’s great success, we are pleased to announce the 4th Annual Schulich Business Excellence Academy program for summer 2024.

The Schulich Business Excellence Academy is a summer business education and mentorship program supporting approximately 60 Grade 10, 11, or 12 high school students across Ontario. The program targets all students from under-represented groups with a focus on Black and Indigenous communities. The program provides high school students in need with resources to become tomorrow’s leaders. The SBEA Program will commence on July 8, 2024 for 3-weeks ending July 25, 2024, and will be delivered by prominent guest speakers from the community as well as Schulich Faculty members. The sessions will be held virtually and will consist of a series of lectures and group-based activities. At the end of the program, an in-person graduation dinner will be organized at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Keele Campus, for the participants who complete the program.

Groups of approximately six high school participants and one Schulich undergraduate student mentor will be introduced at the start of the program. A small group setting is a great way to connect with people while building useful interpersonal and business skills. The goal of the program is to help participants build soft skills, gain business knowledge, and become competitive applicants for post-secondary education opportunities. Participants who complete all of the required modules will receive a Certificate of Completion at the closing ceremony dinner. Be sure to sign up soon as spaces are limited.

Program Outline

Sessions will be conducted Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from July 8 to 25, 2024. Sessions will include prominent guest speakers, Schulich Faculty, and interactive activities led by Schulich SBEA Leaders. The final session involves a case competition which enables students to exercise the skills they have learned in their groups with their student leaders.

Sample Modules

✓ Strategy for Business for Good

✓ The Language of Business

✓ The Equations of Business

✓ The Big Picture

✓ Managing People

✓ Getting Customers

✓ Be Your Own Boss I

✓ Be Your Own Boss II

✓ Think Like a CTO

✓ You Inc.

✓ Case Competition

✓ Case Competition + Road to University



Lead Partner




Registration Are Now Closed

Thank you to those who applied for SBEA 2024. We will send out status updates on your applications shortly.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the Summer ’24 cohort. Program registration is now closed. We look forward to hearing from you next year!

If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact the SBEA Office at Thank you.


  • 98.4% Strongly agreed or agreed that the program made them more aware of opportunities and career paths

  • 96.8% Said their interests increased or stayed the same during the program

  • 100% Would recommend the program to a friend

Benefits for Schulich Undergraduate Leaders

Benefits for Students

  • Chance to give back to the Schulich community and society
  • Gain community involvement, work, and leadership experience for personal and career development
  • A networking opportunity with future leaders in the Black and Indigenous communities
  • A mentoring opportunity with Schulich faculty members and special guests.
  • Exposure to the many streams of business to see where your interests lie
  • Learn of future career opportunities within business fields
  • Become a more successful university applicant
  • Interactive activities every class
  • Gain soft skills, business knowledge, and network with Schulich students
  • Build connections with business professionals and have your questions answered
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion
  • Program is free for all participants

“The Schulich Business Excellence Academy is designed to help address the under-representation of Black and Indigenous students and other equity-deserving groups in Ontario’s business schools and universities. The program gives students a better understanding of the many academic pathways and career opportunities available to them following high school graduation, while also allowing them to build connections with business professionals and student mentors.”

Dean Detlev Zwick
Schulich School of Business