2021-2022 YEAR IN REVIEW
VYEF programs are free to educators and high school students, empowering them with new entrepreneurial business skills.
Fall Educator Workshop
The workshop featured three guest speakers: Joe Corsaro, Laurel School; Pauly Suchy, Ohio Entrepreneurship Week/Global Business Angels Network; and Nicole Canitano, Young Entrepreneurship Institute.
Attendees found it valuable to discuss and brainstorm over the topics covered by the three speakers. Discussions were based around social entrepreneurship, the local entrepreneurship ecosystem, and entrepreneurial programming aspects.
Thinkfest took place on October 21, 2021 with 103 students and 11 educators attending from nine different schools across Northeast Ohio.
Continuous access to our Thinkfest On-Demand program and curriculum can be found here: Thinkfest Video and Creative Exploration
Thinkfest Workshops and our On-Demand Creative Exploration program are guided by Dr. Jeffrey Stamp. He is the creator of Baked! Lays Potato Chips, the Olive Garden breadstick, as well as other well-known brands and is the chief storyteller at Bold Thinking, LLC. At the 12,000 square foot creativity laboratory, he leads a team of highly skilled thinkers in projects that provide ideation and concept development services to corporations and universities worldwide.
Dare to Dream
Students explored questions around the topics of: Why does it matter, the power of curiosity, appreciation, collaboration, courage/fear and where do we go from here.
166 students from 11 schools attended.
Young Women’s Day was presented in partnership with John Carroll University’s Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship.
Stock Market Challenge
Prior to the challenge, students learned the importance of investing and saving and created team-building skills by completing five in-class lessons within the JA curriculum.
During the challenge, teams of four or five students have to buy and sell shares in fictitious companies with $1,000,000 of “mock stock” throughout a simulated 60-day trading period. In this model, a new trading day starts every 60 seconds, making competition fierce and fun! The team from Polaris Career Center took home this year’s top prize.
Winner: Moon Belly: Olmsted Falls High School
Finalist: MyCloset App: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Small Business Track
Winner: El Puente: Laurel School
Finalist: One Brush: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
The event concluded with thinkBIG! Challenge pitch presentations from our final four teams: Moon Belly from Olmsted Falls High School, El Puente from Laurel School, and MyCloset App and One Brush both from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. Teams pitched their ideas to a panel of three judges and received feedback and suggestions to enhance their ideas.
“I believe everyone has the ability to change the world!” – Yelitsa Jean-Charles, Founder and CEO of Healthy Roots Dolls, 2022 thinkBIG! Summit Keynote Speaker
VYEF Design Challenge Hackathons
GiveBackHack conducted 4 activities: Impact gap mapping, prototyping, business model canvas and pitching final ideas.
The first event took place at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, and featured 20 students from the Business School and Engineering School.
The second event took place at St Edward High School on Monday, May 2, 2022 and featured 50 students.