– 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.
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
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.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.
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 learned a lot from the entrepreneurs at the Veale Pitchfest and I got some useful skills I can use later on in life.
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.
I’m proud to be a part of Cleveland and I am very grateful for the opportunities this city gives its younger generation.
The Veale Venture Challenge was incredible. I loved being in a setting with so many aspiring business professionals like myself. It taught me that it’s never too early to start your own 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.
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.
I had a great time at the Veale Pitchfest and learned even more about entrepreneurship. Great opportunity!
It was really fun to connect with students from different schools and come together as a team to participate in all the Pitchfest activities.
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 realized while attending Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing that even a high schooler can come up with a million dollar idea.
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 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.
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.
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.
Working in a group of students has shown me the value of teamwork.
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.
I liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.