thinkBIG! CHALLENGE - ROUND 2

An online business plan competition open to all high school students in Northeast Ohio, offering $8,000 in prizes. Semifinalists are invited to attend an Executive Coaching Day and receive guidance from entrepreneurial professionals in the Cleveland business community. Semifinalist teams compete in Round 2 to become a Final Four Challenge team. A slide deck including a recorded video (no longer than 5 minutes) and the executive summary from Round 1 (edits allowed) will be required from each team for judging. Instructions are provided below. The Final 4 teams will compete live at the thinkBIG! Summit on March 1, 2022.

How it Works

Round 2: Slide Deck with Video Submission Round

Semifinalists will be invited to attend an Executive Coaching Day and receive guidance from entrepreneurial professionals in the Cleveland business community. Semifinalist teams compete in Round 2 to become a Final Four Challenge team. A slide deck including a recorded video (no longer than 5 minutes) and the executive summary from Round 1 (edits allowed) will be required from each team for judging. Instructions are provided below. The Final 4 teams will compete live at the thinkBIG! Summit 2022 in March.

Deadline for Round 2 Submission: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 (Online)

Finalists Proceeding to Live Pitch Competition Announcement: Thursday, February 17, 2022 (Online)

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Round 3: Live Pitch at thinkBIG! Summit

The Final Four teams will present live in front of judges and attendees at the thinkBIG! Summit on March 1, 2022. Two teams from each track will compete for the cash prizes.

Executive Coaching Days

Friday, January 21 or Saturday, January 22, 2022

Deadline for Round 2 entries

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 Online

Finalists’ live pitch competition

March 1, 2022

Finalists announced

Thursday, February 17, 2022 Online

Please download required Round 2 challenge documents for both tracks here:

Please review new guidelines for submitting thinkBIG! Round 2 Video + Slides entries.

Prizes

Offering $8,000 in prizes!

Two winning teams will receive $3,000 per team.

Each 2nd place team wins $1,000 per team.

Each Final Four team member also receives Veale Innovator Medals.

For the School Sponsoring the Grand Prize Team a Traveling Veale Innovation Cup Trophy is presented.

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Areas of Focus:

Networking, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Design thinking, Validation, Sales and Operations, Online Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Effective Communication, Collaboration, Public Speaking

Please view all rules, eligibility, terms, and conditions for the 2021-2022 thinkBIG! Challenge and Summit here:

2021-2022 thinkBIG! Challenge Round 2 Submissions

There are two ways to submit entries for round 2 of the thinkBIG! Challenge:

1. Submit your own Google Drive link or a Dropbox link for us to download files that you have uploaded on your own.

2. Submit entries through VYEF's Google Drives or Dropbox. We will provide you a link to a folder via email.

*NOTE: If you have any issues or need to send a file directly, please contact Brant Fairchild at bfairchild@vealefound.org.

1. Submit your own Google Drive link or a Dropbox link for us to download files that you have uploaded on your own.

2. Submit entries through VYEF's Google Drives or Dropbox. We will provide you a link to a folder via email.

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.

Funding for travel to programs may be available to non-Forum schools. Please contact us at programs@vealefound.org for more information.

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