thinkBIG! CHALLENGE

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

The thinkBIG! Challenge entry deadline has passed.

thinkBIG! Challenge Semifinalists

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

Small Business Track

  • Common Scentsations: Olmsted Falls High School
  • Finlit: Financial Literacy Education for Kids: Hoover High School
  • Jade’s Plants: Laurel School
  • NeuroNotes: Hoover High School
  • Petology: Laurel School
  • Powerful Pens: Gilmour Academy
  • Sea-Ring Tech: Olmsted Falls High School
  • Team Kindness: Hathaway Brown School
  • Team Scaper: Bay Village High School
  • Tree Huggers & Co.: Gilmour Academy
  • Up-Beet: Laurel School

Innovation Track

  • Apollo: Hathaway Brown
  • Cup A’ G Coffee: Northern Career Institute
  • Groovy Looks: Laurel School
  • Lux LLC: Olmsted Falls High School
  • Scrap Sunglasses: Laurel School
  • Second Chance: Hathaway Brown
  • Team NeoSigno: S.E.N.S.E.: Columbus Academy
  • Team QuickHelp: Hathaway Brown
  • Team VCircles: Hathaway Brown
  • Team Wellworks Water: Olmsted Falls Public High School
  • The snow shovel that makes you say, “Shoveling snow isn’t so bad anymore!”: Beaumont School
  • Upcycle: Gilmour Academy
  • Vibracelets: Laurel School

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: December 30, 2020 (Online)

Semifinalists Proceeding to Round 2 Announced: January 11, 2021

Round 2: Video and Slide Deck Submission Round

Semifinalist teams compete in Round 2 to become a Final Four Challenge team. A slide deck and 60-90 second pitch video will be required for judging.

Round 3: Virtual Pitch at thinkBIG! Summit

The Final Four teams will present virtually in front of judges and attendees at the thinkBIG! Summit on March 2, 2021. Two teams from each track will compete for the cash prizes.

Please download required challenge documents for both tracks here:

Download a sample of a Small Business Executive Summary:

Prizes

Offering $8,000 in prizes!

Each Final Four team member also receives,  Veale Innovator Medals

For Mini Maker Hackathon team at the Summit – Each First Place team member is awarded $50 cash

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

Deadline for entries

December 30, 2020 Online

Semifinalists announced

January 11, 2021 Online

Executive Coaching Days

January, 2021 Virtual

Finalists’ live pitch competition

March 2, 2021 Virtual

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

Areas of Focus:

Networking, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Design thinking, Validation, Sales and Operations, Online Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Effective Communication, Collaboration, Public Speaking
  • Dates:
    Semifinalists Proceeding To Round 2 Announced: January 11, 2021
  • Location: Virtual
  • Fee: No Charge

The thinkbig! Challenge entry deadline has passed.

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