thinkBIG! Event
thinkBIG! Challenge Entry Submission


thinkBIG! Challenge competitors develop ideas and submit innovative business concepts to compete for $9,000 in prizes and recognition as Veale Innovators.


Here you will find information about:

Competition rounds
The timeline (Coming Soon!)

Competition Rounds

Round 1: Idea Development & Written Submission Round

Students start by forming a challenge team that explores and develops big ideas for entrepreneurial innovations or social enterprise for Northeast Ohio. Teams submit an online entry that describes the idea: the problem, the solution, customers, the competition, revenue, and next steps.

Tools for Round 1:




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Judges for Round 1*

  • TBD
Round 2: Video Submission Round

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 to us for Round 2 judging using an entry form that will become available after January 28, 2019.

Judges for Round 2

  • TBD
Round 3: Final Four – Live Pitch Challenge at the Summit on March 12, 2019

The Final Four Challenge teams make live pitches at the Summit and compete for the Grand Prize! Final pitch decks must be submitted using an entry form that will become available in February 2019.

Judges for Round 3



For thinkBIG! Challenge Final Four teams
Grand Prize Team – $5,000 cash (teams must split)
Other Three Final Four Teams – $1,000 each (teams must split)

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


October 1, 2018: Challenge opens for submissions
January 7, 2019: Round 1 Submissions Due
January 8-25, 2019: Judging Window Round 1
January 28, 2019: Semifinalists Announced
February 8-9, 2019: Semifinalists attend 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


*Judges for all rounds may be added or changed as required.