– 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
Students start by forming a challenge team (comprised of 1 to 4 members) that explores and develops ideas for business ventures. Teams may submit an entry into one of two tracks: Innovation or Small Business. The differentiating feature is that small business ideas should be able to be realistically started by high school students with under $10,000. Teams submit an Executive Summary via online entry that describes their concept and outlines the problem, the solution, customers, the competition, assets needed, challenges, and financial feasibility.
Questionnaires,Rubrics and Registration Coming Soon!
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
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.
The mentors were phenomenal and gave us great advice for the Pitchfest and life in general.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience and I am glad I did it. It was cool to meet all the accomplished men who came back to our school to coach us.
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.
I had a great time at the Veale Pitchfest and learned even more about entrepreneurship. Great opportunity!
E CITY has influenced me and my decisions about keeping my business going and taking business further into my major.
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 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.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.
I’m proud to be a part of Cleveland and I am very grateful for the opportunities this city gives its younger generation.
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.
I liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.
The Veale Pitchfest was a great exercise in teamwork and collaboration. It taught me how to effectively share my ideas with a large group and how to build on the great ideas of others.
For my daughter, entering and winning the Business Plan Competition has better prepared her for life than most any other experience.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a huge success from start to finish.
The Veale Venture Challenge and the entrepreneurship programming at my school provide tremendous opportunities for students like me.
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 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 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
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.