Our Programs – Veale Entrepreneurs


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.

Covid-19 Mask Information for Events

The Veale Foundation will adhere to each venue’s individual mask mandates for events held at their locations in accordance with the CDC’s current Recommendations for Indoor and Outdoor Settings. Notification of current Covid-19 masking policies for venues will be shared with event participants in our event communications prior to the event and at sign-in tables. Please email us at programs@VealeFound.org with any questions.

Year Round

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Upcycle: Enterprise

Students are challenged to reinvent recycled items into something new and innovative.

Field trips to the Shop or a class visit are also available to participating schools.

Location: Varies

Date: Year Round

THINKfest On-Demand

THINKfest On-Demand features an online video lesson and activity designed to inspire high school students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and to recognize, develop, and pitch business ideas.

Location: Virtual

Date: Year Round

Completed Programs

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Sears think⦍box⦎

One-day engineering and design thinking workshop.

Location: Sears think[box] at Case Western Reserve University

Date: Fall 2021

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Fall Educator Workshop

Hands-on, informational, and networking event for high school educators.

Location: Laurel School

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 (4:30-6:30 p.m.)

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Interactive, design thinking event led by the enthusiastic Dr. Jeffrey Stamp.

Location: John Carroll University

Date: October 21, 2021

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Dare to Dream

Interactive modules designed to empower young women.

Location: John Carroll University

Dates: November 8 & 9, 2021

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Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland Stock Market Challenge

A fast-paced, energetic day of “trading stock” and analyzing data.

Location: St. Edward High School

Date: December 9, 2021

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thinkBIG! Challenge

Business plan competition offering over $8,000 in prizes.

Location: Online Submission

Date: Semifinalists will be announced on January 10, 2022 online.
December 29, 2021* (Entry Deadline)

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Design Challenge Hackathon

Two-day event filled with workshops, mentorship, and prototyping concluding with pitching to a group of judges.

Location: TBD

Dates: Postponed

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ThinkBIG! Summit

The culmination of the thinkBIG! Challenge including a mini-maker hackathon, panel of local entrepreneurs, & student pitches.

Location: Tinkham Veale University Center (CWRU)

Date: March 1, 2022