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.
I’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.
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 Venture Challenge was a great experience for me, especially hearing other students’ business presentations.
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.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.
My presentation skills and ability to deliver a business pitch have significantly improved.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience and I am glad I did it. It was cool to meet all the accomplished men who came back to our school to coach us.
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.
Working in a group of students has shown me the value of teamwork.
It was a great experience and I am glad I did it. It was cool to talk to the accomplished men who came back to our school as coaches, mentors, and judges.
The best part of the Veale Pitchfest was hearing everyone’s personal ideas and then coming together as a team to create the overall pitch.
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 would tell my friends to enter the Veale Pitchfest competition because there are so many things that can be learned from it, not just about business, but about life.
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.
I love the challenge of the Business Plan Competition and the energy from being inspired from working with other entrepreneurs.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
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.
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.
For my daughter, entering and winning the Business Plan Competition has better prepared her for life than most any other experience.
I keep coming back to the Young Entrepreneur Market and it’s one of my favorite things to do. I love seeing a customer’s face light up and getting satisfaction from selling something. I love that feeling.