Integrated Business Experience

Minnesota State University, Mankato and United Praire Bank's Integrated Business Experience Program logo

What is IBE?

The United Prairie Bank Integrated Business Experience (IBE) allows students to combine a suite of required courses into a semester-long real-world entrepreneurial experience that gives them a head-start on their business careers. As they work together to apply their knowledge to planning, launching and operating an actual business, the students gain the leadership skills, entrepreneurial mindset and hands-on experience that employers look for in new hires.

*New in 2022- Students taking the IBE will earn an IBE Certificate that will show on their transcript, helping to leverage them in the business world.

 

Fall 2022 Companies

Kato Kozy logo

KatoKozy is a student-led organization providing the Kato community with Kozy and quality apparel while supporting and helping to provide inclusive opportunities to individuals with special needs in the Greater Mankato Area.

Products:

  • Hoodies and beanies with embroidered logo

A person posing with a Kato Kozy hoodie and sweatshirt

Proceeds donated to:

  • LEEP
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Horns Up Mankato logo

Horns Up Mankato is a student-led organization with a goal of enriching the spirit of the Minnesota State University, Mankato student body. Whether you’re attending any of the captivating sporting events or just stopping by the tailgate the products provide convenience for any and all events held on campus or off. Horns Up Mankato products are high-quality while maintaining an affordable price.

Products:

  • Cooler backpacks
  • Fanny packs
  • Waterbottles

A person posing with a Horns Up fanny pack

Proceeds donated to:

  • BENCHES
Contact Information:

Let's Grow Together FItFruit logo

FitFruit is a student-led organization dedicated to inspiring and serving an active lifestyle for the community. They do this by designing fun and affordable products to encourage a healthy and positive mindset for everyone trying to reach their own unique goals. FitFruit is partnering with Feeding Our Communities Partners as the charity of choice in solving youth hunger, where hunger is no longer what stands between a child and their success.

Products:

  • Sweatshirts
  • Shaker Bottles
  • Stickers

Two people posing with FitFruit sweatshirts

Proceeds donated to:

  • FOCP
Contact Information:

FitFruit Instagram

About

The United Prairie Bank Integrated Business Experience (IBE) was formed through a generous gift from United Prairie Bank.

Apply Today

Due to the limited number of seats, you will need to apply for the IBE. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Integrated Business Experience Certificate

Undergraduate | College of Business | Management | entrepreneurship | 2022-2023

The United Prairie Bank Integrated Business Experience (IBE) allows students to combine a suite of required courses into a semester-long real-world entrepreneurial experience that gives them a head-start on their business careers.

Course Information

The IBE consists of 4 courses (12 credits) taken as a block by a cohort of students over one semester.

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Minor

College of Business | Marketing | Management | Finance

A minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation consists of  21 credits and requires completion of the United Prairie Bank IBE program. 

Student Projects

Each cohort of students creates and manages a business as a group. Throughout the semester they organize the company, create a business plan, apply for a business loan, and manage the business. At the end of the semester all profits are donated to an organization of their choice.