The 2016 Veale Business Plan Competition is underway for 10 high schools in the Forum. The first competition took place on January 9th and since then, we have seen so many creative presentations and heard some of the best business ideas throughout the 10 competing high schools.
With the final competition on March 8th, we thought we would introduce you all to the finalists from each school. They will all be pitching their ideas next week one last time.
UPDATE ON WINNERS: 1st place ($1200): Rosalie Philips; 2nd place ($700) AND Best Visual Plan ($500): Lizzie Thornton; 3rd place ($500): Brian Schoeffler; Best Written Plan ($500): Marc Frankel and Nick Orlando. Congratulations to all winners!
Quiyanni Smith (above) has spent the last two years perfecting her business Cakies a custom cake and cookie business. She launched her business at the Young Entrepreneur Market, selling her treats at the Shaker Square Farmers Market. She has been growing her business ever since and has a plan in place to secure its future. We wish Quiyanni the best of luck at the final competition.
Benedictine High School
Brian Schoeffler (above) has used his creative business mind to co-found Monks Corner. Monks Corner specializes in creating engraved Catholic relics. Through the business, he hopes his customers will take home a piece of the Monastic community to keep forever. His creations certainly are beautiful and profits go to support the mission of Benedictine High School. We wish Brian the best of luck at the final competition!
Berkley Kruschke (above) used her passion for helping people to develop her business idea for Errand Pal. Errand Pal connects people who struggle to complete their daily chores to able assistance through a web site that uses a unique approach to price negotiation. We wish her the best of luck next week!
Hathaway Brown School
Rosalie Philips (above) has designed a business that is committed to helping all women and has named it CalendHER. Rosalie has created an app for women to use to keep track of all their reproductive health information. She has designed the app to be customizable for each individual and hopes that her product will make the lives of women a little less stressful.
Kana Cummings and Catherine McCarthy (above) have teamed up to grow a business that will be very beneficial to all students at Laurel School. GatorBooks is a textbook resale site for Laurel students that brings the costs down and makes them more affordable for all students. As of now, GatorBooks is exclusive to the Laurel School, but there’s room for scale. Best of luck next week, girls!
Magnificat High School
Lizzie Thornton (above) used her passion for baking to create her company Frosting on the Cake. Lizzie’s business is a come-to-you party service where every kid gets to decorate a cake (or cookie or cupcake) to take. All supplies are provided as well as set-up and clean-up, which means minimal mess for parents! We wish her the best of luck next week at the final competition!
Montessori High School
Belle Weiler (above) used her passion for fashion and styling to create her company Styleyes. Belle’s business offers various memberships for people, and depending on which membership you have, you get styling tips, fashion advice from experts, advice on pre-made outfits and more! With her business, Belle hopes that her customers will find their own unique style that perfectly complements their personality.
St. Ignatius High School
Omar Bahhur and Seamus Cooney (above) have teamed up to create the ultimate beverage company for high schoolers. Ohio Valley Beverage is a custom branded soda distributor that prints labels with various logos. Right now, this business is customizing their soda bottles for St. Ignatius, but they are planning on expanding to other high schools in the area.
Nick Orlando and Marc Frankel (above) have teamed up to create the business Fidget Widgets. These two boys have created a subscription service company that sends its customers a different 3-D printed toy every month. These toys are designed for people to fidget with who have trouble concentrating during class or work and it also gives them something to look forward to every month!
Walsh Jesuit High School
Megan Johnson (above) used her passion for playing piano to create the company Keys to Success. With Megan’s business, students learning to play the piano can receive web based feedback while they are practicing at home. Megan has combined her talent and creative mind to create something that is useful for anyone! We wish Megan the best of luck next week!