Quickly capturing the attention of decision makers by succinctly presenting ideas, goals, and personal attributes is an essential life skill, especially for entrepreneurs. In 2014, the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum developed a one-day elevator pitch competition hosted by Bizdom Cleveland and the Quicken Loans Arena that has subsequently been incorporated as a central part of the student experience. More than 200 students annually participate from throughout the network of schools.
The competition requires students to quickly form into teams with students from the other schools and begin collaborating and communicating. In round one, each student develops an idea and delivers a sixty-second pitch to fellow team members. Team members then select and rally around the best pitch idea and the strongest presenter who represents the entire team in the final round of competition. Dozens of mentors, coaches, and other students provide feedback and support in developing the best and final pitch, which is presented in front of more than one hundred people, including all of the teams and a panel of judges. Winners receive prizes and, of course, bragging rights.
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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.
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.
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 learned a lot from the entrepreneurs at the Veale Pitchfest and I got some useful skills I can use later on in life.
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 had a great time at the Veale Pitchfest and learned even more about entrepreneurship. Great opportunity!
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.