Round 1: Idea Development & Written Submission Round
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.
Round 2: Video and Slide Deck Submission Round
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.
Round 3: Live Pitch at thinkBIG! Summit
The Final Four teams will present live in front of judges and attendees at the thinkBIG! Summit on March 2, 2021. 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
E CITY has influenced me and my decisions about keeping my business going and taking business further into my major.
Student, Thomas Harvey High School
The Veale Venture Challenge and the entrepreneurship programming at my school provide tremendous opportunities for students like me.
Student, University School
I would tell my friends to enter the Veale Pitchfest competition because there are so many things that can be learned from it, not just about business, but about life.
Student, Beaumont School
I throughly enjoyed the entrepreneur panel. I found it incredibly insightful.
Hearing from the entrepreneurs inspires me to be more courageous.
Students from Beaumont HS and Northern Career Institute
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.
Student, Beaumont School
I loved the challenge, energy, and inspiration that came from putting the business plan together and working with other entrepreneurs.
Student, Magnificat High school
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.
Student, Horizon Science Academy High School
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.
Student, Walsh Jesuit High School
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.
Student, Montessori High School
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.