Almost 4800 attendees from around the nation and across the globe converged in New York City to take part in the 23rd annual Youth Business Summit. This year’s 2024 YBS was the largest to date and represented over 250 firms.

YBS is a culmination of a yearlong program. Throughout the school year, the VE student firms participate in regional competitions to pitch and sharpen their Business, HR, Marketing and Finance plans to lead up to the nationals at YBS. The Youth Business Summit provides students with the opportunity to compete further and showcase their trade booths as well. Seasoned industry professionals and business educators volunteered as judges for each competition.

This year’s competitions included the prestigious National Business Plan Competition, National Finance Competition, National Human Resources Competition, National Marketing Competition, HSBC Global Innovation Challenge and 2 new competitions: Financial Literacy Challenge sponsored by Osaic with support from Cross River and the Rapid Prototyping Challenge.

The Global Innovation Challenge and Rapid Prototyping allowed individual students to work with other students from around the world for a truly multi-cultural process and develop solutions.

We could not have done this without the help of our volunteer judges, mentors and alumni as well as our esteemed sponsor partners. Thank you for being a part of the journey of future business leaders!

States represented
Countries represented
million in VE dollars transacted

YBS 2024 Recap Video

Competitions Results

Congratulations to EleVATE from Morris County School of Technology, NJ for securing 1st place in this year's National Business Plan Competition. All the results for the National Business Plan, National Finance Competition, National Human Resources Competition, National Marketing Competition, Global Innovation Challenge, Booth Design Competition, Sales Pitch Competition, and Sales Materials Competition are now available online. Congratulations to all!

View Competition Results

Photo Galleries

Find all the photos for the National Competitions, Global Innovation Challenge, and International Trade Exhibition.

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Sponsors and Partners

We are grateful to our business sponsors for support of YBS, particularly HSBC as presenting sponsor and additional partners: Osaic with support from Cross River, New York Life Foundation, Deloitte, Intuit, Mastercard, SIFMA Foundation, Long Island University, Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

These partners not only fund programs and activities but take an active role in serving as volunteers and mentors both inside and outside the classroom. Thanks to their dedication, over 27,000 future business leaders in 500+ middle and high schools across the country will use their VE experiences to jumpstart their passions, determination and their futures!