OUR 2020/2021 PROGRAMS

All VYEF programs are available free of charge. Educators may register for VYEF events electronically through the website with availability based on a first come first served basis. Certain programs are targeted to specific audiences and schools. Limited grants for transportation expenses are available to non-VYEF schools.

2020/2021 Programs Date and TimeLocationLearn MoreRegister

Thinkfest Ideation Workshop

Thinkfest is designed to drive high school students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset by developing and pitching business ideas.

Early OctoberVirtualLearn MoreRegister Now

Upcycle Innovation Session

The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum is partnering with Upcycle Parts Shop, a leader in sustainable arts and crafts supplies, to present a unique, engaging hybrid mini-hackathon model.

Mid-October (Date TBD)VirtualLearn MoreRegister Now

Stock Market Challenge

This high energy event is designed to simulate the excitement of a real-life trading floor.

December 3, 2020TBD Learn MoreRegister Now

thinkBIG! Challenge

An online business plan competition open to all high school students in Northeast Ohio, offering more than $9,000 in prizes. Semifinalists will be 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 in March.

Submission Deadline: 

December 30, 2020

OnlineLearn MoreRegister Now

Design Challenge Hackathon

The two-day Hackathon will allow students to learn a series of skill sets through workshops, mentorship, and curriculum provided and facilitated by GiveBackHack, an organization which brings people together to develop sustainable solutions to pressing social issues.

February 5 – February 6, 2021Cleveland State UniversityLearn MoreRegister Now

thinkBIG! Summit

A unique, one-day conference featuring panels of national and local Gen Z and millennial entrepreneurs, mini maker hackathon sessions, Final Four Challenge team pitches, awards, prizes, networking and more! The Summit is open to all students, whether or not they compete in the Challenge.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center (CWRU)Learn MoreRegister Now

Educator Workshop 

Educator workshops are targeted to high school educators to network and collaborate on specific academic entrepreneur topics.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

TBD Learn MoreRegister Now

Dare To Dream Retreat

This Retreat will leverage entrepreneurship to instill confidence, empower vulnerability, and enable young women to take one step toward their dream.

Spring 2021

TBD Learn MoreRegister Now
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