Explore how new technologies are used to build successful businesses.

Advances in technology and the development of the internet have dramatically changed the way we live and work. At the NSLC on Business & Emerging Technologies, students will explore how businesses are using the newest technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, the Internet of Things (IoT), additive manufacturing, cloud computing, and cryptocurrencies to cut costs, increase profits, improve marketing, and enhance customer experiences.

While at the NSLC, students will discover how emerging technologies have created new business opportunities and will learn how traditional businesses are harnessing technology to transform into digital businesses.

Earn College Credit Hours

Program Highlights

Digital business transformation simulation
You and your team will create a business plan to take a traditional business and transform it into a digital business that takes advantage of both existing and emerging technologies.

City of Tomorrow simulation
Work with your team to design a City of Tomorrow, redesigning different city sectors to take advantage of emerging technologies and create a high quality of life for your citizens.

Guest speakers
Hear from professors and industry professionals on topics ranging from digital business to various emerging technologies to developing an innovative mindset to merge new technologies and business.

Hands-On Simulations

At the NSLC on Business & Emerging Technologies, you and your team will work to transform a traditional business into a high-tech digital business — using technology to cut costs, improve customer service, and better market your products or services.You’ll also work with your team to build the city of tomorrow, creating a development plan that incorporates emerging technologies into a multitude of city sectors to improve the quality of life of your citizens.

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC on Business & Emerging Technologies, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the business and technology community.

In past years, guest speakers at the NSLC have included:

Mr. James Conley
Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Mr. Stanley Zee
Innovation Program Lead, Molex

Mr. J Christopher Westland
Professor, Department of Information and Decision Sciences, University of Illinois-Chicago

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of Business & Emerging Technologies.

These trips may include:

  • Amazon Fulfillment Center
  • Blue Lacuna Innovation Center
  • Northwestern University
  • Kellogg School of Management
  • Northwestern University Segal Design Institute
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Navy Pier


At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the International Business program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethical Decision-Making

Your NSLC tuition is all-inclusive. Your tuition covers course materials, housing, on-campus meals, social events and transportation throughout your program.

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We offer a comprehensive scholarship program to assist qualified students with the cost of NSLC tuition, based on financial need, academic merit and extracurriculars.

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