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 mentors were extremely helpful and provided critical insights on our thought processes, future plans, financials, and especially the structure of our slide deck.
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 a huge success from start to finish.
The executive coaches were enthusiastic and gave useful and critical suggestions to improve student plans and presentations! The judges at the final competition were very experienced and offered excellent questions to the students.
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.
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 and the entrepreneurship programming at my school provide tremendous opportunities for students like me.
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’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.