thinkBIG! Challenge 2020

thinkBIG! Challenge 2020

thinkBIG! Challenge Timeline

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


Volunteer as an Executive Coach

Competition Rounds

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.



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

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 3, 2020. Two teams from each track will compete for the cash prizes.


Cutting Edge Landscaping: Gilmour Academy
The Daily Dose: Magnificat High School

SkinDeep: Hathaway Brown School
Sleeping Pack: Hathaway Brown School



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

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