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 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.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a huge success from start to finish.
I liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.
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.
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.
Executive Coaching Day before the Veale Venture Challenge finals was a great experience and set me on the path of wanting to be an entrepreneur.
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’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.
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 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.