2019 Bay Area Conference & Exhibition Recap

By May 29, 2019 October 19th, 2020 California, News, Students, Trade Shows, West

Bay Area Conference & Exhibition
March 16-17, 2019
Oakland Convention Center
Oakland, CA

Key Stats

  • 1,000 total attendees
  • 850 participating students
  • 57 firms
  • 42 schools
  • 10 competitions
  • 80 volunteers – Shout out to Cycle Buddy and READIN from James Logan High School and Tasty Creations from Armijo High School for the students volunteering to work the BACE event.

Student Highlights

  • NuApps traveled from New York and competed in the Micro Capital Challenge where students create a real business to support their costs for operating their Virtual Enterprise firm.  There were two students who did an amazing job with their presentation and questions and answers that they won the 1st place prize of $1,000 to start their real business. – NuApps, Francis Lewis High School, New York 
  • It was so neat for Ancora Safety to be voted Best New Product of Service by all the Virtual Enterprise students at the trade show! Thank you for your votes! – Ancora Safety, Centennial High School, California
  • Phoenix Wood sold their beetle killed wood products to help save the California forests and prevent wildfires. As a first year company at a school new to Virtual Enterprise, it was amazing how student employees, Lauren Hawkins and Ninnett Avila, constructed an incredible booth and how every employee did an amazing job selling their products to earn a 1st place finish in the WOW Factor competition.- Phoenix Wood, Stockdale High School, California


Competition Results

View Competition Results

Participant Quotes

“VE companies from all throughout the nation and world come to the Bay Area Conference and Exhibition to experience great booths, salesmanship, and competitions and to enjoy the beautiful city of San Francisco. Everyone has so much fun and there is plenty of room to network and sell.”
– Jake Stuebbe, VE Regional Director

“The feeling of getting first place in our marketing plan competition at Bay Area was more than I could describe in words. Working hard for months, the looks on my team’s faces after getting called for our award made it all worth it. I love the Bay Area trade show and think that it provides an experience of a lifetime for all Virtual Enterprise students.”
– Vance Carsso, Safe N’ Sound, Murrieta Valley

It makes my teacher heart very happy to see the high level real-world skills that these kids have acquired through this program.
– Alyssa Wilson, judge