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VYEF Programs

An online business plan competition open to all high school students in Northeast Ohio, offering more than $8,000 in prizes.

Learn who made it to the Final 4!

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 4th annual thinkBIG! Summit will be presented live via Zoom with the final teams and a panel of judges who will choose the winning team and award prizes to all finalists.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021


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. The next Thinkfest workshop will be held virtually on Friday, April 16th from 10 a.m. – 12 noon and is open to students who have not participated in the past.

Friday, April 16, 2021

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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