2019-2020 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.
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