RULES & ELIGIBILITY
• All competitors must be in Grades 9-12 and actively enrolled in a high school (including online/home school) in the Fall of 2019. They must remain in good academic standing throughout the challenge.
• Teams may be comprised of one to four members.
• Teams must have an adult advisor to work with student teams competing in the Challenge.
• Teams must select one of two tracks to enter: Innovation or Small Business.
*Small business ideas should be able to be realistically started by high school students with under $10,000.
• Submitting multiple entries is prohibited.
• Only original ideas and materials that have been conceived of and created by the competitor(s) may be submitted.
• Entries may not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, patent, intellectual property-related rights, or property-related rights.
• Applicant and his/her parent/guardian must give consent to all photographs, audio recordings and video recordings taken of him/her, and all Challenge and Summit work presented in association with the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum (VYEF). All media recordings become the property of VYEF and may be used by VYEF for educational, instructional or promotional purposes in print, broadcast or electronic media formats now existing or in the future created. This includes but is not limited to any video entry submission. There will be no compensation for the use of any photographs, audio or video recordings or any other media.
• All information submitted through the thinkBIG! Innovation Challenge portal must be in English.
• All due dates are posted on the thinkBIG! webpage.
• Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on the due date published on the thinkBIG! webpage.
• Entries are to be submitted online via the thinkBIG! webpage.
• Submissions should be limited to the requested document(s).
• Semi-finalists and the Final 4 will be announced on the dates specified on the thinkBIG! webpage.
thinkBIG! includes open session presentations and external review of business concept submissions.
Participation is voluntary, and as such, participants are responsible for determining whether to disclose proprietary or sensitive information in their submissions and presentations.
The Veale Foundation and all other partnering organizations assume no liability for accidental or voluntary disclosures of proprietary information or intellectual property.
OVERSIGHT OF RULES
Executive Directors of The Veale Foundation and Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum shall comprise the rules committee for thinkBIG! and serve as final arbiters of all rules and rule clarifications. All decisions by The Veale Foundation and Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum are final.
By registering for thinkBIG!, school partners provide permission for student participation and consent for The Veale Foundation to publish competitor’s name, biographical information, and likeness in addition to photographs, video or other recordings, and any or all work presented as entry into thinkBIG!. All recordings become the property of The Veale Foundation and may be used in perpetuity and royalty-free for educational, instructional, or promotional purposes in print, broadcast or digital media formats that are now or may be available in the future.
I loved the challenge, energy, and inspiration that came from putting the business plan together and working with other entrepreneurs.
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’m proud to be a part of Cleveland and I am very grateful for the opportunities this city gives its younger generation.
I liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.
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.
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.
The business competition made me want to go to college and put all of my effort into my major and push myself to get it done no matter how hard the task becomes.
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.
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.
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.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
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.
For my daughter, entering and winning the Business Plan Competition has better prepared her for life than most any other experience.
The Veale Venture Challenge and the entrepreneurship programming at my school provide tremendous opportunities for students like me.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.
The Veale Venture Challenge was incredible. I loved being in a setting with so many aspiring business professionals like myself. It taught me that it’s never too early to start your own business
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.
E CITY has influenced me and my decisions about keeping my business going and taking business further into my major.
I’ve wanted to major in business and accounting, but Veale Startup Week has widened my eyes to even more possibilities.
I love the challenge of the Business Plan Competition and the energy from being inspired from working with other entrepreneurs.