The Veale Venture Challenge is a central part of the student experience in the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. More than 500 students annually participate from throughout the network of Forum schools. The competition helps student entrepreneurs recognize business opportunities and develop their ideas. Further, it builds their ability to analyze their ideas for business results and deliver accurate and compelling written plans, slide decks, and pitch presentations.
Participating students develop their ideas and plans with guidance from teachers and business leaders who serve as coaches, mentors, and judges. After finalists are selected from each school’s first round of competition, student entrepreneurs move on to the finals. Student finalists receive executive coaching from real-world presentation experts, founders, and entrepreneurs to refine and perfect their presentations for the culminating round of competition in front of more than one hundred people, including judges, teachers, parents and peers. First, second, and third place winners receive cash prizes and, of course, bragging rights. All students gain self-confidence and a greater understanding of the founder mindset.
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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.
The Veale Venture Challenge and the entrepreneurship programming at my school provide tremendous opportunities for students like me.
I loved the challenge, energy, and inspiration that came from putting the business plan together and working with other entrepreneurs.
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
Everything about the competition was amazing! The executive coaches were fantastic, and the location was amazing. The judges on the day of the competition were really great and provided quick and thoughtful feedback.
The mentors were extremely helpful and provided critical insights on our thought processes, future plans, financials, and especially the structure of our slide deck.
It was a lot of fun watching and listening to the other student entrepreneurs at the Veale Venture Challenge finals. For me, presenting on stage in front of more than one hundred people was a bit more “real” and much scarier than presenting in front of a few judges at school.
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.
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.
I’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.