Thinkfest was held virtually on Thursday, November 19, 2020. An additional virtual Thinkfest event will take place this spring to accommodate schools that were unable to attend in the fall. An on-demand Thinkfest lesson featuring a video with an included activity is available to educators and students using the following link:

Educators also have access to additional tutorial videos. Please email us at to request free access.

Thinkfest is a lively, interactive ideation workshop designed to inspire high school students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and to recognize, develop, and pitch business ideas.
The day is steered and moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Stamp, creator of Baked! Lays Potato Chips, the Olive Garden breadstick, and many other well-known brands. Dr. Stamp is chief storyteller at Bold Thinking, LLC, where he leads a team of highly skilled thinkers in a 12,000 square foot creativity laboratory that provides ideation and concept development services to corporations and universities worldwide.
Thinkfest 2021 will be held virtually to a limited audience but will also provide recorded content and lesson plans for educators to use in their classroom. Thinkfest is open to area high schools and is targeted toward students that have not participated in the event in the past. Students will participate in engaging activities to think about where ideas come from, develop a new product and pitch a business idea.
Thinkfest is presented in partnership with John Carroll University’s Entrepreneurship Minor and Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship.

Areas of Focus:

Entrepreneurial Mindset Strategy, Design thinking, Networking, and Public Speaking