VYEF Programs

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Sears think[box] Week

The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum is partnering with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to offer one-day workshops at think[box], CWRU’s 50,000 square- foot- center for innovation and entrepreneurship. Five schools (one per day) will be invited to tour the center and participate in a workshop that will teach and train students in engineering skills through a design thinking process using curriculum developed by CWRU.

TBA, Fall 2021 (One school per day)

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The Educator Workshop is a synergy of pertinent hands-on information and networking for high school entrepreneurship educators. Educator workshops provide an opportunity for entrepreneurship educators to convene, network and collaborate around specific topics. Workshops are offered twice annually at different locations and are targeted for high school educators.

Date: Thursday, October 14
(4:30-6:30 p.m.) at Laurel School

Upcycle craft box filled with materials like string, scissors, pipe-cleaners, 3rd place ribbon

Upcycle: Enterprise allows students to explore social entrepreneurship through creative lessons, hands-on prototyping and an opportunity to pitch ideas. Staff from Upcycle Parts Shop work in a variety of formats that meet the needs of educators to allow students to use upcycled materials for innovation, creativity, and prototyping.

Year Round

Dr. Jeffrey Stamp lecturing

Thinkfest is a lively, interactive ideation workshop designed to inspire high school students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and to recognize, develop, and pitch business ideas.

October 21 or 22, 2021

dare to dream logo with speaker in front

Dare to Dream leverages entrepreneurship to instill confidence, empower vulnerability, and enable young women to take steps toward their dreams. This year’s event will feature livestreamed interactive programs and expand to four modules focused on specific areas of interest. These modules include Dare to Dream, Dare to Build, Dare to Create and Dare to Start.

November 8, 10, 11, 12, 2021

iPhone with stock market analysis in front of laptop with more stock market numbers

This high energy event is designed to simulate the excitement of a real-life trading floor. Teams of 4 to 5 students learn to work together, leverage each other’s strengths, and use critical thinking skills while analyzing news articles and data during a fierce high-stake competition.

December 9, 2021

thinkbig logo

An online business plan competition open to all high school students in Northeast Ohio, offering $8,000 in prizes. Semifinalists are invited to attend an Executive Coaching Day and receive guidance from entrepreneurial professionals in the Cleveland business community. The Final 4 teams will compete live at the thinkBIG! Summit 2022 in March.

December 29, 2021 Online

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Have you ever wanted to be a part of the solution for issues in your community? Have you ever had an idea to solve those issues? Attend our Design Challenge Hackathon to partner up with like-minded students and find the resources to turn ideas into reality.

February 11 & 12, 2022

thinkbig summit trophy

The thinkBIG! Summit provides a climactic close to the annual thinkBIG! Challenge by providing a platform for the Final Four Challenge teams to pitch their ideas. The finalists present to a panel of volunteer judges as part of the full-day conference on the campus of Case Western Reserve University with approximately 400 guests in attendance.

March 1, 2022

The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum

The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum (VYEF) was established in 2012 to take high school students beyond the classroom and into the real world of entrepreneurship. Through a collaborative network of educators, business leaders and collegiate-level resources, VYEF offers programs and experiences that allow students to think creatively and analytically, recognize business opportunities, take initiative, solve problems, persist through failure, communicate persuasively, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

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