– 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
My presentation skills and ability to deliver a business pitch have significantly improved.
I knew I wanted to be an engineer, but now I know I want to be an engineer that works on sports equipment, which I can prototype with a 3D printer. Thanks Veale Startup Week!
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.
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.
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 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.
I love the challenge of the Business Plan Competition and the energy from being inspired from working with other entrepreneurs.
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.
I always thought Ohio is a state that’s not in my future, but Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing showed me just how much the people of Cleveland care about students.
E CITY has influenced me and my decisions about keeping my business going and taking business further into my major.
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.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
I loved the challenge, energy, and inspiration that came from putting the business plan together and working with other entrepreneurs.
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 really liked the Business Plan Competition and have encouraged all my friends to do it. Not only was I learning about being an entrepreneur, but I also got to work with real life entrepreneurs. I learned so much.
I learned a lot from the entrepreneurs at the Veale Pitchfest and I got some useful skills I can use later on in life.
I’ve wanted to major in business and accounting, but Veale Startup Week has widened my eyes to even more possibilities.
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.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.