Submit your business venture or social enterprise concept to compete for $9,000 in prizes and recognition as a Veale Innovator!
– January 7, 2019: Round 1 Submissions Due
– 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
– March 1, 2019: Final Four Announced
– March 12, 2019: thinkBIG! Summit
Round 1: Idea Development & Written Submission Round
Students start by forming a challenge team (comprised of 1 to 4 members) that explores and develops big ideas for business ventures or social enterprises. Teams submit an online entry that describes their concept and outlines the problem, the solution, customers, the competition, assets needed, challenges, and financial feasibility.
Tools for Round 1: Click circles below for Challenge questions & judging rubrics:
Judges for Round 1*
Ian Charnas, Case Western Reserve University
Jay Schach, Cleveland State University
Doan Winkel, John Carroll University
Round 2: Video & Slide Deck Submission Round
Semifinalist teams are competing to become a Final Four Challenge team! To submit a slide deck and 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.
Round 3: Final Four – Live Pitch Challenge at the Summit on March 12, 2019
The Final Four Challenge teams make 5-7 minute live pitches at the Summit followed by Q&A with the judges and compete for the Grand Prize! Final pitch presentations must be submitted using an entry form that will become available in March 2019.