thinkBIG! Challenge 21-22 – Veale Entrepreneurs

thinkBIG! Challenge Semifinalists

Congratulations to all semifinalists who advanced to compete in the second round of the thinkBIG! Challenge and attend virtual Executive Coaching sessions!


An online business plan competition open to all high school students in Northeast Ohio, offering $8,000 in prizes. Semifinalists are invited to attend virtual Executive Coaching and receive guidance from entrepreneurial professionals in the Cleveland business community. The Final 4 teams will compete live at the thinkBIG! Summit on March 1, 2022.

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Deadline for entries

Wednesday, December 29, 2021 Online

Semifinalists announced

Monday, January 10, 2022 Online

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Finalists’ live pitch competition

March 1, 2022

How it Works

Round 1: Idea Development & Written Submission Round

  • Teams (comprised of 1 to 4 members) will submit an Executive Summary that explores and develops ideas for business ventures in one of two tracks: Innovation or Small Business.
  • Small business ideas should be able to be realistically started by high school students with under $10,000.
  • The Executive Summary should be no more than 5 pages in length and must describe the concept and outline the problem, the solution, customers, the competition, assets needed, challenges, and financial feasibility.

Deadline for Round 1 Submission: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 (Online)

Semifinalists Proceeding to Round 2 Announced: January 10, 2022

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Round 2: Slide Deck with Video Submission Round

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) will be required for judging. Instructions will be provided.

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.


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: