The Veale Venture Challenge is a central part of the student experience in the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. More than 500 students annually participate from throughout the network of Forum schools. The competition helps student entrepreneurs recognize business opportunities and develop their ideas. Further, it builds their ability to analyze their ideas for business results and deliver accurate and compelling written plans, slide decks, and pitch presentations.
Participating students develop their ideas and plans with guidance from teachers and business leaders who serve as coaches, mentors, and judges. After finalists are selected from each school’s first round of competition, student entrepreneurs move on to the finals. Student finalists receive executive coaching from real-world presentation experts, founders, and entrepreneurs to refine and perfect their presentations for the culminating round of competition in front of more than one hundred people, including judges, teachers, parents and peers. First, second, and third place winners receive cash prizes and, of course, bragging rights. All students gain self-confidence and a greater understanding of the founder mindset.
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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.
I liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.
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.
My presentation skills and ability to deliver a business pitch have significantly improved.
The Forum has inspired me to be more purposeful in stepping out of the classroom and connecting with what’s happening in the entrepreneurship space beyond education.
I loved the challenge, energy, and inspiration that came from putting the business plan together and working with other entrepreneurs.
Working in a group of students has shown me the value of teamwork.
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.
Through the Veale Forum, our young entrepreneurs are being exposed to new opportunities and resources while networking and establishing their place in the market.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.
As a high school student, it’s hard to know where to get started. The Young Entrepreneur Market is a great place to start your business.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience for me, especially hearing other students’ business presentations.
I had a great time at the Veale Pitchfest and learned even more about entrepreneurship. Great opportunity!
I had a great experience and it was a lot of fun, especially the prizes. I got a lot of useful tips about public speaking. I definitely will convince my friends to participate next year.
I discovered my passion for business this year through my school’s entrepreneurship program. I learned valuable public speaking skills and met mentors. I plan to pursue my company, take more entrepreneurship classes, and learn all I can about business.
I’ve wanted to major in business and accounting, but Veale Startup Week has widened my eyes to even more possibilities.
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.
I love the challenge of the Business Plan Competition and the energy from being inspired from working with other entrepreneurs.