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.
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.
The Veale Venture Challenge and the entrepreneurship programming at my school provide tremendous opportunities for students like me.
Even those who are not specifically interested in entrepreneurship would pick up valuable communication skills at Veale Pitchfest, especially through the team building exercises.
I learned a ton through the Veale Venture Challenge and got to work with and learn from some very amazing individuals.
Executive Coaching Day before the Veale Venture Challenge finals was a great experience and set me on the path of wanting to be an entrepreneur.
For my daughter, entering and winning the Business Plan Competition has better prepared her for life than most any other experience.
At Veale Startup Week, I learned there is a much larger variety of business opportunities than I thought.
I had a great time at the Veale Pitchfest and learned even more about entrepreneurship. Great opportunity!
I learned a lot from the entrepreneurs at the Veale Pitchfest and I got some useful skills I can use later on in life.
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.
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.
Working in a group of students has shown me the value of teamwork.
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.
The mentors were extremely helpful and provided critical insights on our thought processes, future plans, financials, and especially the structure of our slide deck.
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’ve learned to never give up, even if you fail.
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.
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 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.
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.