The entrepreneurial journey usually begins with a problem-solving idea. But, where do ideas come from and how do ideas become innovations? Thinkfest is for high school students who want to tap into their creative potential to come up with and learn how to act on their business ideas.
To-date, Thinkfest has been presented for more than 200 high school students from 22 schools in partnership with John Carroll University’s Entrepreneurship Minor and Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship. It has been steered by Dr. Jeffrey Stamp, creator of Baked! Lays Potato Chips and chief story teller at Bold Thinking where he leads a team of highly skilled thinkers in a 12,000 square foot creativity laboratory that provides ideation and concept development services to corporations and universities worldwide.
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I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
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.
I’ve wanted to major in business and accounting, but Veale Startup Week has widened my eyes to even more possibilities.
The Veale Venture Challenge and the entrepreneurship programming at my school provide tremendous opportunities for students like me.
I discovered my passion for business this year through my school’s entrepreneurship program. I learned valuable public speaking skills and met mentors. I plan to pursue my company, take more entrepreneurship classes, and learn all I can about business.
I’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.
The Forum has inspired me to be more purposeful in stepping out of the classroom and connecting with what’s happening in the entrepreneurship space beyond education.
By taking part in these programs my skills and understanding of the business world have deepened, giving me a head start on a business major in college.
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.
Veale Startup Week taught me I can design, build, and learn new things and have fun, make new friends, and be myself while doing it!
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 love the challenge of the Business Plan Competition and the energy from being inspired from working with other entrepreneurs.
The mentors were phenomenal and gave us great advice for the Pitchfest and life in general.
The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum has allowed Beaumont School to offer programs that would not otherwise be offered due to cost. Every student is eligible to participate no matter what her financial situation. The guidance and support we receive has encouraged us to explore new opportunities for our girls and do our best to reach every student at Beaumont, showing each girl the possibilities of business and entrepreneurship.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a huge success from start to finish.
This program really exposed the dedication and hard work that the people of Northeast Ohio put into making their own independent businesses and giving back to the community.
My presentation skills and ability to deliver a business pitch have significantly improved.
Mr. Veale’s vision and generosity have inspired Beaumont students in the fields of entrepreneurship and science. The world is a better place because of his incredible talents and his dedication to the next generation.