Our purpose at the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum is to enable high school students to recognize their full potential by experiencing all facets of entrepreneurship. The Forum gives teens their start by taking them beyond the classroom into the real world of entrepreneurship.
Funded by The Veale Foundation, the Forum is a growing network of high schools in Northeast Ohio that was founded in 2012 with the assistance of the Young Entrepreneur Institute at University School. The Forum currently reaches some 7,000 students annually at 22 different private and public high schools that are invited for participation and uses its resources to equip students with an entrepreneurial mindset and essential skills.
Students participating in the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum gain the ability to:
The Forum sponsors annual business and pitch competitions, enabling students to develop ideas, deliver presentations, create business plans, and found new ventures. Student participation in summer internships, entrepreneurship camps, and the Young Entrepreneur Market are also supported. The Forum introduces students and their teachers to Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing students with a network for kick starting their professional lives in a place where entrepreneurs are nurtured and supported.
Committed to exceptional education, Forum teachers meet regularly to share best practices and generate ideas for classroom enhancement. Teacher attendance at conferences, workshops, and professional development meetings is also supported.
The Veale Foundation was established in 1964 by Tinkham Veale II and his wife Harriet to improve the quality of life of others by making charitable donations to entities primarily located in Northeastern Ohio. To fulfill this mission, the Veale Foundation is committed to supporting charitable causes involved in areas such as education, human and social services, civic and community, and healthcare that are consistent with its historical donations.
E CITY has influenced me and my decisions about keeping my business going and taking business further into my major.
I’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned that it’s worth it to take risks and devote your time to something that may or may not work out in the end.
This program really exposed the dedication and hard work that the people of Northeast Ohio put into making their own independent businesses and giving back to the community.
Working in a group of students has shown me the value of teamwork.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience for me, especially hearing other students’ business presentations.
My presentation skills and ability to deliver a business pitch have significantly improved.
The Veale Pitchfest was a great exercise in teamwork and collaboration. It taught me how to effectively share my ideas with a large group and how to build on the great ideas of others.
Executive Coaching Day before the Veale Venture Challenge finals was a great experience and set me on the path of wanting to be an entrepreneur.
The business competition made me want to go to college and put all of my effort into my major and push myself to get it done no matter how hard the task becomes.
Even those who are not specifically interested in entrepreneurship would pick up valuable communication skills at Veale Pitchfest, especially through the team building exercises.
I knew I wanted to be an engineer, but now I know I want to be an engineer that works on sports equipment, which I can prototype with a 3D printer. Thanks Veale Startup Week!
The mentors were extremely helpful and provided critical insights on our thought processes, future plans, financials, and especially the structure of our slide deck.
I love the challenge of the Business Plan Competition and the energy from being inspired from working with other entrepreneurs.
I learned in class what it takes to get into business. I will always remember that. Without it, my business and I would not be where we are today.
I realized while attending Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing that even a high schooler can come up with a million dollar idea.
By taking part in these programs my skills and understanding of the business world have deepened, giving me a head start on a business major in college.
I loved the challenge, energy, and inspiration that came from putting the business plan together and working with other entrepreneurs.
I discovered my passion for business this year through my school’s entrepreneurship program. I learned valuable public speaking skills and met mentors. I plan to pursue my company, take more entrepreneurship classes, and learn all I can about business.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.