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 loved the challenge, energy, and inspiration that came from putting the business plan together and working with other entrepreneurs.
Through the Veale Forum, our young entrepreneurs are being exposed to new opportunities and resources while networking and establishing their place in the market.
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.
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.
I’m proud to be a part of Cleveland and I am very grateful for the opportunities this city gives its younger generation.
I keep coming back to the Young Entrepreneur Market and it’s one of my favorite things to do. I love seeing a customer’s face light up and getting satisfaction from selling something. I love that feeling.
The Veale Venture Challenge showed me the diversity of people and ideas throughout Northeast Ohio and that there are many opportunities for individuals of all ages.
I’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.
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!
I really liked the Business Plan Competition and have encouraged all my friends to do it. Not only was I learning about being an entrepreneur, but I also got to work with real life entrepreneurs. I learned so much.
The Veale Pitchfest was a great exercise in teamwork and collaboration. It taught me how to effectively share my ideas with a large group and how to build on the great ideas of others.
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 best part of the Veale Pitchfest was hearing everyone’s personal ideas and then coming together as a team to create the overall pitch.
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 was a great experience for me, especially hearing other students’ business presentations.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
I liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.
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.
Even those who are not specifically interested in entrepreneurship would pick up valuable communication skills at Veale Pitchfest, especially through the team building exercises.
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.