Registration Open for ABI Foundation’s High School & College Programs

February 11, 2022 | Comeback from COVID Jessi McQuery, ABI Foundation,

Iowa students now have the opportunity to register for the ABI Foundation’s summer programs, Business Horizons and Leadership Iowa University. These programs not only provide valuable experiences for participants, but they also allow us the chance to showcase our state and develop the talent that will become our future CEOs, business-owners, legislators, community leaders and more. These opportunities assist efforts to retain our bright young people in Iowa and equip them with tools, confidence and inspiration for future success.

Business Horizons

Who: Iowa high school studnets; grades 9-12 (21-22 acadmic year)

When: July 17-21

Where: Central College, Pella, IA

Participation Fee: $325 if the application is submitted on or before May 20 (includes all meals, lodging and activities for the week) *Need based financial assistance is available.

Business Horizons brings top-notch students from across Iowa to one place, and provides a positive learning environment for students to work together and solve problems of tomorrow. The week begins with student teams identifying a creative solution that becomes their new Iowa product. From there, teams are tasked to launch their business with their sights set on three culminating competitions: an investor pitch, infomercial, and “best product.” Their teamwork is accompanied by a full schedule of dynamic speakers, valuable workshops, fun after-hours activities and more. Business Horizons promotes college and career preparedness, self-confidence, and insight into future pathways.

"Business Horizons is a camp reimagined. You meet great friends while learning about business. It builds people skills, public speaking, and leadership. No other camp can compare to how much fun this one is." – Brooke Seeliger, Southeast Polk HS (BH ’21)

To register: Visit and click “Apply”

Leadership Iowa University (College)

Who: Current freshmen through seniors; attending college and/or interning in Iowa

When: August 7-11

Where: Des Moines Area

Participation Fee: $500 (includes all meals, lodging and activities for the week) *Need based financial assistance is available.

Leadership Iowa University (LIU) connects our state’s next decision makers with tools for professional and personal success. Participants discover a variety of opportunities for success right here in Iowa through various industry tours, networking events, group activities and more. Students leave the program with an enhanced view of their future and the confidence, qualities and know-how to get them there. They benefit from a significantly expanded network of Iowa professionals, as well as incredible friendships with likeminded student leaders across the state. 

A number of participants each year are selected and supported by their summer employer as a capstone experience to a summer internship. Adding LIU to the opportunities for your intern is an excellent way to expose them to even more outside leadership opportunities, and showcase your investment in them as a potential future employee. 

"Leadership Iowa University connected me to many great current and future leaders of our state. The experience confirmed my love for the State of Iowa and has given me a fuller vision of how I can contribute to future success here." – Garret Klyn, Iowa State University (LIU ’21)

To register: Visit and click “Apply”