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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I liked Executive Coaching Day a lot. I got feedback from people who don’t just study business, but who actually run them for a living.
I learned a lot from the entrepreneurs at the Veale Pitchfest and I got some useful skills I can use later on in life.
I keep coming back to the Young Entrepreneur Market and it’s one of my favorite things to do. I love seeing a customer’s face light up and getting satisfaction from selling something. I love that feeling.
I learned in class what it takes to get into business. I will always remember that. Without it, my business and I would not be where we are today.
Working in a group of students has shown me the value of teamwork.
The mentors were phenomenal and gave us great advice for the Pitchfest and life in general.
I loved the challenge, energy, and inspiration that came from putting the business plan together and working with other entrepreneurs.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.
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 liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.
Executive Coaching Day before the Veale Venture Challenge finals was a great experience and set me on the path of wanting to be an entrepreneur.
I always thought Ohio is a state that’s not in my future, but Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing showed me just how much the people of Cleveland care about students.
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 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 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.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned that it’s worth it to take risks and devote your time to something that may or may not work out in the end.
The Veale Venture Challenge dramatically helped with public speaking, which is something you need now in high school, but especially later on in your career.
I love the challenge of the Business Plan Competition and the energy from being inspired from working with other entrepreneurs.
By taking part in these programs my skills and understanding of the business world have deepened, giving me a head start on a business major in college.
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.