Join Us For the Summit

Feb 27, 2018

$9,000 in prizes!

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thinkBIG! is a high school innovation Challenge and Summit that inspires youth to use creativity and collaboration to create big, innovative business ideas.

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  • $9,000 in Prizes
  • Be Named a Veale Innovator
  • Prizes for Your School
  • Traveling Trophy
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thinkBIG! Summit


A unique, one-day conference featuring panels of national and local Gen Z and millennial entrepreneurs, mini maker hackathon sessions, Final Four Challenge team pitches, awards, prizes, networking and more! The Summit is open to all students, whether or not they compete in the Challenge.

Keynote Speaker

  • Gerard Adams

  • The Millennial Mentor™, thought leader, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, philanthropist


  • Justin Lafarzan
  • Justin Lafazan

  • Next Gen Summit, entrepreneur, investor, speaker, author


  • Haile Thomas
  • Haile Thomas

  • Motivational speaker, youth health advocate, vegan chef

The Summit Agenda

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Welcome and opening remarks
  • Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Justin Lafazan, Emcee, thinkBIG! Summit, Co-founder, Next Gen Summit
Drive - Gerard Adams
Gerard Adams became a self-made, multi-millionaire at the age of 24, having overcome many personal and financial obstacles to create the much-loved news platform EliteDaily.com, which sold for $50 million. A serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist, Gerard currently dedicates his time to mentoring the next generation of creators and innovators to believe that the lives they dream of are not out of reach, but attainable through leadership, creativity, self confidence, and drive.
Innovation Challenge FINAL FOUR Presentations
Mini Maker Hackathon - Presented by Upcycle Parts Shop
Phenoms! - Justin Lafazan, Moderator
Invited teen innovators deliver Pecha Kucha or IGNITE style, 5-6 minute talks, Q&A
  1. Brennan Agranoff, Founder, HoopSwagg
  2. Deep Patel, Author, A Paperboy's Fable: The 11 Principles of Success
  3. Benjamin Stern - Nohbo Shampoo pod shark tank Mark Cuban investee
  4. Haile Thomas – healthy food advocate; founder, the HAPPY Org
BREAK + Mini Maker Vote
Hustling in the Land - Justin Lafazan, Moderator
Teen founders from NEO
  1. Will Lynch
  2. Giles and Noah Foster
  3. Quiyanni Smith
  4. Matthew Stauffer
Mini Maker Hackathon - Final Four Demonstrations and Audience Noisemaker Vote
Innovation Challenge Awards
Gerard Adams - Inspirational Wrap Up
Closing, Reception

A sprint-like design event that includes team members of various subject matter expertise who collaborate intensively to generate ideas and/or a product. The term originated with computer programmers and software developers.

Learn More About the Hackathon
  • Connor Blakley
  • Jennifer Felker
  • Tracey Jemison
  • Steve Marcus
  • Jay Schach
  • Archbishop Hoban High School
  • Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center
  • Beachwood High School
  • Beaumont School
  • Chagrin Falls High School
  • Consortium of African American Organizations (CAAO) - Youth Innovation Forum
  • Copley High School
  • Cuyahoga Falls High School
  • Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
  • East Technical High School
  • GlenOak High School
  • Kenston High School
  • Laurel School
  • Lutheran West High School
  • Northern Career Institute - Willoughby-Eastlake Schools
  • Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School
  • Olmsted Falls High School
  • Saint Martin de Porres High School
  • Stow-Monroe Falls High School
  • Theodore Roosevelt High School
  • University School
  • Western Reserve Academy
  • Westlake High School
  • Wickliffe City Schools