Born in 1914 in Topeka, Kansas, Veale moved to Cleveland as a young child when his engineer father joined the Eaton Corporation. He attended Cleveland Heights High School and Case Institute of Technology, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Veale worked for several corporations including General Motors. In 1941, he married Harriet Ernst, a member of the Ernst and Young accounting family.In the 1960s, Veale and his associates formed the Alco Standard Corporation, which successfully bought small companies and helped them succeed by contributing capital and strategic direction. Veale’s new organizational approach known as “Corporate Partnership,” kept founding entrepreneurs and management in place to do their own thing. By the mid-1980s, Alco Standard would have ranked among the top 150 public companies listed on the Fortune 500, had it not been private. Veale was the chairman of Alco Standard until 1986.
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.
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.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned that it’s worth it to take risks and devote your time to something that may or may not work out in the end.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.
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.
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!
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.
I would tell my friends to enter the Veale Pitchfest competition because there are so many things that can be learned from it, not just about business, but about life.
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 learned in class what it takes to get into business. I will always remember that. Without it, my business and I would not be where we are today.
I realized while attending Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing that even a high schooler can come up with a million dollar idea.
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 liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.
Through this program I made more contacts than I could have ever imagined and learned about the business community and all of the opportunities Cleveland has to offer.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience for me, especially hearing other students’ business presentations.
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.
My presentation skills and ability to deliver a business pitch have significantly improved.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.
I love the challenge of the Business Plan Competition and the energy from being inspired from working with other entrepreneurs.