– December 30, 2019: Round 1 Submissions Due
– January 13, 2020: Semifinalists Announced
– January 24-25, 2020: Semifinalists attend one Executive Coaching Day
– February 5, 2020: Round 2 (Semifinalists) Submissions Due
– February 17, 2020: Final Four Announced
– March 3, 2020: thinkBIG! Summit
Teams (comprised of 1 to 4 members) will submit an Executive Summary that explores and develops ideas for business ventures in one of two tracks: Innovation or Small Business. Small business ideas should be able to be realistically started by high school students with under $10,000. The Executive Summary should be no more than 5 pages in length and must describe the concept and outline the problem, the solution, customers, the competition, assets needed, challenges, and financial feasibility.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL SEMIFINALISTS:
Amplo Design: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
ARC Computers: Archbishop Hoban High School
Cutting Edge Landscaping: Gilmour Academy
Papa Sqwill’s Smoothies: Gilmour Academy
RadiStix: Laurel School
ScreenBreak: Hoover High School
Suds Brewing Company: Shaker Heights High School
The Daily Dose: Magnificat High School
Your Pet Sox: Benedictine
Aqua Aeri: Columbus Academy
Arrange: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
CalmChain: Olmsted Falls HS
EZTray: GlenOak High School
Findit!: Chagrin Falls High School
HandiCart: Beaumont School
Parknerships Solutions: Hathaway Brown School
Safe Circle: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
SIGNAL: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
SkinDeep: Hathaway Brown School
Sleeping Pack: Hathaway Brown School
SolarCell Charging Case: Chagrin Falls High School
Semifinalist teams compete in Round 2 to become a Final Four Challenge team. A slide deck and 60-90 second pitch video will be required for judging.
The Final Four teams will present live in front of judges and attendees at the thinkBIG! Summit on March 3, 2020. Two teams from each track will compete for the cash prizes.
Over $9,000 in prizes!
Each Final Four team member also receives:
– Veale Innovator Medals
For Mini Maker Hackathon team at the Summit
– Each First Place team member is awarded $50 cash
For School Sponsoring the Grand Prize Team
– Traveling Veale Innovation Cup Trophy
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!
The Veale Venture Challenge introduced me to mentors who would like to help me start my company, which would be very beneficial to my future.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a huge success from start to finish.
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.
The mentors were extremely helpful and provided critical insights on our thought processes, future plans, financials, and especially the structure of our slide deck.
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.
I’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.
I had a great time at the Veale Pitchfest and learned even more about entrepreneurship. Great opportunity!
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.
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.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience for me, especially hearing other students’ business presentations.
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.
The mentors were phenomenal and gave us great advice for the Pitchfest and life in general.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.
Even those who are not specifically interested in entrepreneurship would pick up valuable communication skills at Veale Pitchfest, especially through the team building exercises.
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.
Through the Veale Forum, our young entrepreneurs are being exposed to new opportunities and resources while networking and establishing their place in the market.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
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.
My presentation skills and ability to deliver a business pitch have significantly improved.