The Veale Foundation
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Cleveland, August 8, 2016: Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum convened students and educators from five Cleveland-area high schools, August 1-5, 2016, for the first Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing at the Gilmour Academy campus in Gates Mills, Ohio. After identifying a common, everyday problem, three teams formed to design and create market solutions using 3D printers and develop Demo Day plans and pitches for introducing their products to a live audience.
Using MakerGear M2 printers, each team prototyped a product with the express purpose of preventing what was dubbed “the car slide,” the mess made in a vehicle when sudden braking causes everything in the passenger seat to spill onto the floor. “We were pleased to work with Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum to power the first Veale Startup Week with our MakerGear M2 printers,” said Rick Pollack, MakerGear’s founder. “It was gratifying to introduce high school students to the potential of 3D printing and see their designs come to life.”
In addition to problem-solving, Veale Startup Week introduced high school students to the business potential of additive manufacturing. “We believe that every high school student should have the opportunity for an experience like this,” said Rich Wetzel, Additive Manufacturing Business Coordinator at Youngstown Business Incubator. “We provided students with a solid grounding in the business applications of 3D printing and why a company would want to incorporate 3D printing into its operations.”
Veale Startup Week wrapped up with Demo Day, which featured business plan presentations of each team’s prototype. Taking different approaches to solving the problem, each prototype contained 3D- printed components that were designed and created during the week. Products ranged from storage solutions equipped with nets and hooks, to a barrier designed to stop the forward momentum of items sliding off the seat as a vehicle rapidly stops.
“Startup culture is very fast-paced,” said Cynthia Bailie, director of the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. “Giving students and educators experience with real-world problem-solving, rapid prototyping, and iterative product development will undoubtedly give them an edge as they pursue their own goals and business plans.”
“Through 3D printing and open source design tools, we see a democratization of industrial design, making the creation of new things accessible to more people,” said Matt Vanek, robotics and design instructor at Gilmour Academy. “For high school students, that’s incredibly powerful.”
Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum plans to replicate this successful pilot program and offer it again in the future.
Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school. It is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind., and offers a Montessori program, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. A boarding program is offered to students in Grades 7 through 12. Learn more at Gilmour.org.
Founded in 2009 in Beachwood, Ohio, MakerGear focuses on providing quality products and support to its customers in all 50 states and over 75 countries globally. Customers include thousands of organizations, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, medical researchers, government agencies and educators. Learn more at MakerGear.com.
Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum
The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, funded by The Veale Foundation, is a growing network of high schools in Northeast Ohio that equips students with an entrepreneurial mindset and essential skills through exceptional education and real-world experiences in entrepreneurship. Learn more at VealeEntrepreneurs.org.
Youngstown Business Incubator
The Youngstown Business Incubator is an Ohio-based technology incubator whose mission is to facilitate the creation of high-value businesses through collaborative partnerships that promote innovative technologies and long-term sustainable employment opportunities, with a focus on Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing. Learn more at YBI.org.