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 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.
Student, Saint Ignatius High School
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.
Student, Beaumont School
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience for me, especially hearing other students’ business presentations.
Student, Walsh Jesuit High 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
The Veale Venture Challenge was a huge success from start to finish.
Parent, Walsh Jesuit High School
Veale Startup Week taught me I can design, build, and learn new things and have fun, make new friends, and be myself while doing it!
Student, Glenville High School
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.
Student, Beaumont School
Do you feel that your student’s interest in entrepreneurship increased after the thinkBIG! Summit?
“110% increase!!! We had kids on the bus ride home already working towards next year. Honestly, it is the BEST field trip opportunity we offer… It’s classy, well structured and meaningful.”
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.