Students at Syosset High School Win Virtual Enterprises International and Intuit’s Design for Delight Competition

By November 30, 2021 December 2nd, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2021– Snack ‘N Board, a virtual business created by students of the Virtual Enterprises (VE) program at Syosset High School, was selected as the winner of the national Design for Delight competition, VE announced today. Design for Delight (D4D) Competition is a bi-annual competition held in conjunction with Intuit in which VE students utilize D4D’s core principles of deep customer empathy, creativity and collaboration, and rapid experimentation in business problem-solving. Over 98 VE businesses competed in the event.

For the past two months, Syosset High School students created and have been operating Snack ‘N Board, a virtual company specializing in candy charcuterie. The students developed Snack ‘N Board as part of the year-long VE program, which teaches students how to start and run a virtual business together as a class. 

The D4D competition required students to conduct an oral presentation and provide supporting materials to judges addressing the company’s design thinking process. Judges then graded them on their leadership skills, demonstration of intrapreneurship, collaboration efforts, creative problem solving, research and analysis, use of technology and more.

Each year, more than 20,000 students create and run virtual business ventures under the VE program, where students create a business together, role-play corporate positions, conduct transactions with other simulated businesses, attend trade shows and run the business as if it were real.

Virtual Enterprises International (VE) is a national nonprofit that transforms students through authentic business experiences which prepare them for fulfilling, financially secure futures. Since Virtual Enterprises’ (VE) inception in 1996, it has served more than 200,000 high school and middle school students, including many from economically disadvantaged communities.VE provides a solution for schools to offer all students meaningful skills-based career experiences. Through our hands-on, task-based curricula, aligned to the VE Career Readiness Framework, students test drive potential careers and develop in-demand skills and competencies that post-secondary institutions and employers are seeking. By managing the day-to-day operations of a company, students not only develop business skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, they also identify career pathways that align with their interests, talents, and aspirations.

We annually support 20,000+ students across the U.S. each year and are part of a global network spanning 40+ countries and 7,000+ student-run businesses. Learn more about VE on our websiteFacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn pages.

Rossana Weitekamp
PR for VE