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.
Mr. Veale’s vision and generosity have inspired Beaumont students in the fields of entrepreneurship and science. The world is a better place because of his incredible talents and his dedication to the next generation.
Veale Startup Week taught me I can design, build, and learn new things and have fun, make new friends, and be myself while doing it!
I love the challenge of the Business Plan Competition and the energy from being inspired from working with other entrepreneurs.
E CITY has influenced me and my decisions about keeping my business going and taking business further into my major.
Through the Veale Forum, our young entrepreneurs are being exposed to new opportunities and resources while networking and establishing their place in the market.
The Veale Venture Challenge showed me the diversity of people and ideas throughout Northeast Ohio and that there are many opportunities for individuals of all ages.
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 liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.
I had a great experience and it was a lot of fun, especially the prizes. I got a lot of useful tips about public speaking. I definitely will convince my friends to participate next year.
I learned a lot from the entrepreneurs at the Veale Pitchfest and I got some useful skills I can use later on in life.
I liked Executive Coaching Day a lot. I got feedback from people who don’t just study business, but who actually run them for a living.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience for me, especially hearing other students’ business presentations.
The mentors were phenomenal and gave us great advice for the Pitchfest and life in general.
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.
The Veale Venture Challenge was incredible. I loved being in a setting with so many aspiring business professionals like myself. It taught me that it’s never too early to start your own business
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.
The Veale Venture Challenge introduced me to mentors who would like to help me start my company, which would be very beneficial to my future.
It was really fun to connect with students from different schools and come together as a team to participate in all the Pitchfest activities.
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.