Semifinalist teams are competing to become a Final Four Challenge team. To submit a video for judging, semifinalists must first upload a 60-90 second pitch video to YouTube, then submit the URL and slide deck to us for Round 2 judging using an entry form that will become available after January 28, 2019.
Slide deck submissions are also required and should be no more than 15 slides.
– January 28, 2019: Semifinalists Announced
– February 8-9, 2019: Semifinalists invited to attend one Executive Coaching Day*
– February 20, 2019: Round 2 (Semifinalists) Submissions Due
– February 21-28, 2019: Judging Window Round 2
– March 1, 2019: Final Four Announced
– March 12, 2019: thinkBIG! Summit
*Executive Coaching Day is held at think[box], CWRU on 02/08/19 and 02/09/19 from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. It is a series of mentorship and advising sessions where semifinalist teams can refine their concepts before the round 2 submissions.
Teams will get entrepreneurship-experienced students, experts, mentors, and industry professionals aiding them with the following:
Pitch Deck – Flow, visual aspect, simplicity, etc.
Content – Amount of words, gripping aspect, viability of content/data, covering all aspects of rubric, appendix, etc.
Presentation – Creating an impact, confidence, speaking in the most effective way to the audience, etc.
Even those who are not specifically interested in entrepreneurship would pick up valuable communication skills at Veale Pitchfest, especially through the team building exercises.
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’ve wanted to major in business and accounting, but Veale Startup Week has widened my eyes to even more possibilities.
The Veale Venture Challenge showed me the diversity of people and ideas throughout Northeast Ohio and that there are many opportunities for individuals of all ages.
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.
The Veale Venture Challenge dramatically helped with public speaking, which is something you need now in high school, but especially later on in your career.
The mentors were extremely helpful and provided critical insights on our thought processes, future plans, financials, and especially the structure of our slide deck.
From the introductions to the awards presentations, the Veale Pitchfest was great. The collaborations formed made the experience that much better.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.
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 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.
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 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!
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.
Through the Veale Forum, our young entrepreneurs are being exposed to new opportunities and resources while networking and establishing their place in the market.
The Veale Venture Challenge was a great experience for me, especially hearing other students’ business presentations.
The Forum has inspired me to be more purposeful in stepping out of the classroom and connecting with what’s happening in the entrepreneurship space beyond education.
I liked the Veale Venture Challenge a lot, especially presenting my ideas to a huge audience and promoting my business to new people.