Frequently Asked Questions – Veale Entrepreneurs


Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum FAQ

Is there a fee to participate in or to attend your events?

No. There is no cost to participate, but you must register in advance.

Can I attend an event if I have not registered?

No. Registration is mandatory.

What is the age requirement?

All participants must presently attend high school, typically in 9-12 grade. Contact if you have specific questions about this requirement.

Why should I participate in Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Programs?

Participating allows students to foster connections with like-minded students, learn how to problem solve, think creatively, and ultimately gain knowledge and first-hand experience with the entrepreneurial process which will prepare them to adapt in an ever-changing world, regardless of the chosen career path.

Can I register for an event as a student (without the teacher) or a home-school student (with or without a supervisor)?

We require you to list a school representative contact during the registration process. Please contact us directly at if this is not available to you.

Are the programs for this year similar to previous years?

We are staying connected with all of our stakeholders to decide the most convenient and beneficial structures and dates for programming, keeping in mind that we aim to deliver the highest possible value to Northeast Ohio educators and students.

thinkBIG! FAQ

Can I compete in more than one thinkBIG! Challenge track or submit more than one concept into the thinkBIG! Challenge?

 No. A student/team can complete and submit one concept in only one track.

How many team members are required for the thinkBIG! Challenge?

Teams may be between 1-4 students.

How should I choose which thinkBIG! Challenge track to enter?

Once you know what problem you want to solve and have an idea, choosing a competition track is easy. If the idea focuses on a small business and can be realistically started by a high school student for less than $10,000 then choose the small business track.

Can I edit/change my Challenge submissions?

Yes, so long as it is prior to the submission deadline of December 29, 2021. If you wish to edit your submission, please email us at

Do I have to participate in both rounds of the thinkBIG! Challenge?

Semi-finalists will be selected to participate in Round 2 from all Round 1 submissions. Finalists from Round 2 will be selected to participate in the live pitch competition at the Summit on March 1, 2022.

Are thinkBIG! Challenge and thinkBIG! Summit different events?

Yes, the Challenge is an online submission contest. The semi-finalists from Round 1 will be selected from these online submissions, and advance to Round 2. Finalists from Round 2 will present live at the Summit on March 1, 2022. The Summit is a day of inspiration and creativity featuring young entrepreneur speakers, a mini-hack, and the finalist pitch competition.

Can I only attend the thinkBIG! Summit?

Yes, you can participate in only the Summit, but you must register as we anticipate the event being at capacity.

How many people attend the thinkBIG! Summit?

Approximately 400 people attend the Summit.

What is round 2 of the thinkBIG! Challenge?

Round 2 is for the semi-finalists selected from all Round 1 submissions. It consists of slide deck + video submission along with the executive summary from Round 1 (edits allowed). Teams that advance to Round 2 will also have the opportunity to participate in the Executive Coaching Day to help them prepare their submissions.

What is Executive Coaching Day during the thinkBIG! Challenge?

Executive Coaching Day is held at think[box], CWRU on 01/21/22 and 01/22/22 from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. It is a series of mentorship and advising sessions where semifinalist teams can refine their concepts before the round 2 submissions.

Teams will get entrepreneurship-experienced students, experts, mentors, and industry professionals aiding them with the following:

1) Pitch Deck – Flow, visual aspect, simplicity, etc.

2) Content – Amount of words, gripping aspect, viability of content/data, covering all aspects of rubric, appendix, etc.

3) Presentation – Creating an impact, confidence, speaking in the most effective way to the audience, etc.

On what basis do teams advance to the next rounds during thinkBIG! Challenge?

The answers and rubric are judged by industry experts who select the most viable/vetted-through ideas to move ahead.

How do I address any questions or concerns about a particular event?

You can contact us at