LI Herald: “Students at West Hempstead High School lend a virtual hand”

“Students created ‘A Helping Hand’ to develop short-term volunteer programs in environments that encourage people to immerse themselves as a unique way of giving back. At the expo, the firm showcased the various travel spots that customers can explore while volunteering to either teach students English, rebuild houses, plant trees and many other activities.”

Read the full story here: “Students at West Hempstead High School lend a virtual hand”

VE Students from James Logan High School Connect with Business Leaders at QuickBooks Connect San Jose

On November 6, 2018, students from James Logan High School’s VE class attended Intuit’s QuickBooks Connect event at the San Jose Convention Center, gaining an incredible real-life experience and inside look at what their lives could look like in the future as business leaders and industry professionals.

The James Logan students were welcomed with open arms by Intuit employees, attended professional workshops, and networked with representatives from hundreds of companies among the thousands in attendance.

“QuickBooks Connect was such a great experience for me. It opened my eyes to the ins and outs of the business world,” said Jazmin Taylor, VE student from James Logan High School and Accounting and Finance Associate for CYCLE BUDDY. “I talked to dozens of start-ups and companies of all sizes who gave me a lot of insight on what it takes to be successful in the business industry.”

“There were a lot of small and medium-sized businesses who shared their personal insights and secrets about their businesses,” said Hannah Vasquez, VE student from James Logan High School and Human Resources Associate for CYCLE BUDDY.

Brad Smith, CEO, Intuit (left) with Archisman Sarkar, a VE student from James Logan High School (right) during the QuickBooks Connect event

Special guests in attendance at the event included Alex Rodriguez, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of A-Rod Corp, Mindy Kaling, Actor, Writer, Producer and Director, Dylan Lauren, CEO and Founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar, Jamie Siminoff, Founder & Chief Inventor of Ring, International Journalist Lisa Ling, and many more.

“I never knew Intuit was this big of a business and how they are connected with many other big businesses! It was overall a great experience for me and my classmates. We also saw J.Lo!” said Marissa Panopio, VE student from James Logan High School and Advertising Associate for CYCLE BUDDY.

The mantra for the event and advice students in attendance will always remember was how “anything is possible.” The James Logan students plan to prove this is true as they prepare for several upcoming VE conferences, exhibitions, and competitions, including the 2019 Bay Area Conference and Exhibition taking place March 16-17, 2019 at the Oakland Convention Center.

Story Provided By: Marissa Panopio, Hannah Vasquez, Jazmin Taylor, Bianca Bucu, Lea Albano, Harnoor Kaur, Hawa Popal; Photos Provided By: Rydell Manahan and Arch Sarkar

Further Reading

Virtual Enterprises International and Intuit are partnered to help teens across the U.S. develop career and financial readiness skills through access to QuickBooks and Design for Delight resources, mentorship, and training.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018: Shaping the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs as a GEW Youth Partner

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life. Each November, GEW reaches millions of people through local, national and global events and activities. From large-scale startup competitions and workshops to small, community discussions – GEW reaches new audiences and connects participants to a network that can help them take the next step, no matter where they are on their entrepreneurial journey.

VE asks the question, “What happens when we give students the chance to run a company?” The program is centered around providing students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience with starting and running a company, interacting with thousands of other student-run companies around the world and connecting with entrepreneurs and industry professionals from the real world.

Since Global Entrepreneurship Week introduces entrepreneurship to young people around the world, VE has partnered with the Global Entrepreneurship Network to provide U.S. schools with inspiration and activities for fostering an entrepreneurial mindset. Featured activities include pitching a social venture idea, inspired by the 2019 VE Social Venture Challenge, a founder’s story activity, running a business pitch competition with a local Chamber of Commerce, and learning from a real-world business.

Why Support Entrepreneurship in High School?

High school exists to prepare young people for their futures. In a rapidly-changing world, there is a growing number of pathways people can pursue to ensure they have fulfilling, financially secure lives. These pathways include working for existing organizations, starting new organizations, working in industries and roles that have existed for centuries, and working in industries and roles that don’t yet exist.

Entrepreneurship education and developing an entrepreneurial mindset have the benefits of preparing students for success in a dynamic world by fostering creative problem solving skills, leadership skills, collaboration skills, and many other key skills and competencies. Additionally, entrepreneurship education helps students integrate and apply what
they learn through traditional subjects such as science, language learning, and history, serving as a way to make school learning more relevant and providing more context for students to understand these subjects and practice what they learn.

Virtual Enterprises International Appoints HR Executives Maureen Gillan-Myer of HSBC, Fukiko Ogisu of Viacom to its Board of Directors

NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2018 — Virtual Enterprises International announced today that Maureen Gillan-Myer, Chief Human Resources Officer at HSBC Bank USA, and Fukiko Ogisu, executive vice president and Chief People Officer at Viacom have been appointed to VE’s board of directors.

For the past 18 years, Gillan-Myer has had a positive impact in a variety of roles at HSBC and currently leads all aspects of human resources for HSBC USA, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. In April 2018, VE and HSBC announced a landmark, two-year $750,000 grant that will allow pivotal growth of the nonprofit’s youth entrepreneurship and career-readiness program in high schools and middle schools throughout the United States. Gillan-Myer began her career at HSBC in 1990 as an associate branch manager, and has more than two decades of experience in human resources. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Michael’s College. “I look forward to joining VE’s Board of Directors and bringing my knowledge and experience as an HR executive from one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations to help inform how VE prepares students for the workforce, and how they develop leadership skills needed for success in their futures,” Gillian-Myer said.

As executive vice president and Chief People Officer, Fukiko Ogisu manages Viacom’s human resources organization and oversees the company’s security services. Previously, Ogisu served as senior vice president of Viacom HR Business Operations & Information Solutions, and prior to joining Viacom in 2008, she spent more than a decade at Microsoft on product and business teams. She holds a master’s degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from The University of Chicago and has a bachelor’s degree in comparative area studies, modern Russia, and Japan from Duke University. “I am excited to join VE’s Board of Directors at a time when more and more industry leaders are partnering with educators to prepare young people to pursue fulfilling careers. Investing in the development of students means investing in the development of a talented workforce,” Ogisu commented.

“Maureen and Fukiko’s years of experience as seasoned HR professionals will provide invaluable insight towards continuing advancement of the VE program and the professional development of its students,” said Nick Chapman, president of VE.

VE is an in-school, global business simulation program that cultivates students’ career readiness skills and prepares them for fulfilling, financially secure futures as adults. Through the program, students create a simulated company as a class and gain an average of 180 hours of work experience by assuming the roles needed to run this company such as CEO, VP of Finance, HR Director and more, filling roles and departments that mirror the real-world. VE is part of an international network of student-run simulated businesses in more than 40 countries, all of which transact business with each other and form one of the world’s largest virtual business communities.

With the appointment of Ogisu and Gillan-Myer, VEI’s board consists of 23 members: Matthew Boone, Director of Finance, Openpath Security; Matthew Chasin — Vice Chair; Michael Coneys, Chairman & President, The Leo House — Recording Secretary; Paul Cronin, National Director, KeyBank Business Capital; Joseph Delaney, Director of Northeast Alumni Relations, Deloitte LLP (ret.); Jeffrey F. DiModica, President, Starwood Property Trust; TJ Durkin, Managing Director, Angelo, Gordon & Co.; Richard A. Carranza, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education; Ashley Fina, President, Michael C. Fina & Company — Chair; Morris Fodeman, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Charlotte Frank, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, McGraw-Hill Education; Maureen Gillan-Myer, Executive Vice President, Head of Human Resources USA, HSBC Bank USA; Mary Haggerty, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase; Dylan Huang, Senior Managing Director & Head of Retail Annuities, New York Life; Steve Israel, President and CEO, SMI Properties; Sandra Krasnoff, Senior VP, Corp. Secretary and General Counsel, Pall Corporation (ret.); Dean McGee, Assistant Superintendent, Kern High School District; Fukiko Ogisu, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Viacom; John Partilla, CEO, Screenvision Media; Joe Perrone, District Manager, FedEx; Matt Schaffnit, Chief Operating Officer, lenditapp — Treasurer; Jeffrey Taylor, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Digital Risk; Debra Weiser, Vice President, Head of Excess Casualty, Everest Insurance.


Virtual Enterprises International (VE) is a national nonprofit that transforms students through authentic business experiences which prepare them for fulfilling, financially secure futures. Since its inception in 1996, VE has served over 140,000 students, including many from economically disadvantaged communities. We currently support 15,000 students across the U.S. each year and are part of a global network spanning 40 countries and 7,500 student-run businesses. Learn more about VE on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages.

HSBC Bank USA, National Association (HSBC Bank USA, N.A.) serves customers through retail banking and wealth management, commercial banking, private banking, and global banking and markets segments. It operates bank branches in: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Washington, D.C.; Florida; Maryland; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Virginia; and Washington. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a Member of the FDIC. Investment and brokerage services are provided through HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., (Member NYSE/FINRA/ SIPC) and insurance products are provided through HSBC Insurance Agency (USA) Inc.

HSBC Holdings plc is the parent company of the HSBC Group, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. Headquartered in London, the Group serves customers worldwide from around 3,900 offices in 67 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. In recognition of wider obligations to the communities in which HSBC operates and to sustainable economic growth, the Group has set out a series of commitments to assist in the global transition to a low-carbon economy, and to provide people with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the global workforce. More information is available in the HSBC Environmental, Social and Governance Update.

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling entertainment content – including television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, games, consumer products, podcasts, live events and social media experiences – for audiences in 183 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, VH1, TV Land, CMT, Logo, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina), Colors (India) and Paramount Channel, reach approximately 4.3 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Paramount Television develops, finances and produces original programming for television and digital platforms.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at and Twitter feed at

Intuit Partners with Virtual Enterprises International to Provide QuickBooks Online and Design for Delight to Thousands of Students Across the U.S

Partnership Will Help Teens Develop Career and Financial Readiness Skills

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2018 — Virtual Enterprises International announced today that over 15,000 high school students and teachers of the VE program will have access to QuickBooks Online thanks to a new partnership with Intuit.

VE is an in-school, global business simulation program that cultivates students’ career readiness skills and prepares them for fulfilling, financially secure futures as adults. Through the program, students create a simulated company as a class and gain an average of 180 hours of work experience by assuming the roles needed to run this company such as CEO, VP of Finance, Marketing Associate, filling roles and departments that mirror the real-world. VE is part of an international network of student-run simulated businesses in more than 40 countries, all of which transact business with each other and form one of the world’s largest virtual business communities.

Through partnerships with corporations like Intuit, VE students gain access to industry-standard business tools as well as mentorship from hundreds of industry professionals who volunteer their time to guide students as they develop business plans, marketing programs, and other strategies that stimulate business growth. At the same time, these mentors expose students to contemporary, in-demand workplace skills, allowing them to simulate the modern business world first-hand.

Since August 2018, VE teachers have had access to QuickBooks Online Accountant which helps instructors track and guide their classes’ simulated businesses while VE students have the opportunity to operate these companies using QuickBooks Online+. Through this program, students create customer accounts, record day-to-day bank transactions, produce financial statements, generate invoices, and track inventory for the simulated business they create and run from their classroom.

Additionally, each student now has the opportunity to learn Design for Delight, the company’s successful approach to “design thinking” which is a creative approach to problem solving. Design for Delight will teach students how to focus first on understanding the problem they are trying solve by developing deep customer empathy and then identify multiple ideas that can be prototyped and tested through rapid experimentation. “Innovation catalysts,” i.e. Intuit employees who are extensively trained on Design for Delight, will be available to support VE teachers and students as they learn and use the process. David Cook, a VE teacher from Cary Grove High School in Illinois assisted Intuit in the development of Design for Delight teacher resources.

“QuickBooks and Design for Delight offers our students access to market-leading tools that provide them with in-demand skills through hands-on experience in the classroom,” said Nick Chapman, president of VE. “This is an invaluable addition to our program and we thank Intuit for their genuine interest in VE and the preparation of our students.”

“Intuit’s mission is to Power Prosperity Around the World and as part of that mission we are committed to supporting the career and financial readiness of today’s students. We do this providing free access to leading real-world tools such as QuickBooks, Mint, Turbo, and Turbo Tax along with supporting educator resources,” said David Zasada, vice president of education at Intuit. “We look forward to partnering with VE to help every VE student to power their future prosperity by building critical 21st century skills.”


Virtual Enterprises International (VE) is a national nonprofit that transforms students through authentic business experiences which prepare them for fulfilling, financially secure futures. Since its inception in 1996, VE has served over 140,000 students, including many from economically disadvantaged communities. We currently support 15,000 students across the U.S. each year and are part of a global network spanning 40 countries and 7,500 student-run businesses. Learn more about VE on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages.

Intuit’s mission is to Power Prosperity Around the World. Its global products and platforms, including TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint and Turbo, are designed to empower consumers, self-employed, and small businesses to improve their financial lives, finding them more money with the least amount of work, while giving them complete confidence in their actions and decisions. Intuit’s innovative ecosystem of financial management solutions serves partners and 46 million customers worldwide, unleashing the power of many for the prosperity of one. For the latest news and in-depth information about Intuit and brands, visit and follow us on Facebook.

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2017-18 Store Manager Data Highlights

VE’s Store Manager lets students and firms easily buy and sell products through e-commerce websites. This gives VE firms a chance to learn how to do business like a real-world business, which is what VE is all about.

After logging into the Portal, you’ll see the Store Manager on the top toolbar. This is where you go to add products, generate Buy Buttons, and track e-commerce sales data. The Store Manager offers a Documentation section to help get you started with these activities once your firm is ready.

How to Find Your Firm’s Store Manager Data

The first thing you see in the Store Manager is a dashboard. Based on the date parameters you set, you’ll see transaction data for that period of time. The left sidebar shows what you can do within the Store Manager and the “Download sales transactions” is found as a blue link right above the transactions dashboard.

To recap, you can find your firm’s Store Manager data by doing the following:

  1. Login to the Portal
  2. Click on the Store Manager
  3. Click on Download sales transaction list (Excel)

Note: Teachers must make the Store Manager visible for the students who need access to the Store Manager. See how to do this at Portal Support / [Teachers] Make the Store Manager Visible for Students

Overall Highlights from 2017-18 Store Manager Data

Number of sales transactions: 109,067
Number of unique items sold: 10,623
Number of items sold (by quantity): 511,226
Total sold by dollar amount: $56,302,995.56
Number of firms using Buy Buttons: 469
Number of Buy Buttons generated (products added in Store Manager): 6,989
Number of promo codes generated: 564
Number of transactions redeeming promo codes: 2,746

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Number of Transactions by State

StateNumber of Transactions
New York32,365
New Jersey4,336
North Carolina3,938

Top 25 Sellers (by Number of Transactions)

FirmNumber of TransactionsSchoolCityState
32 Below3,676Beech HSHendersonvilleTN
1 2 3 Pets3,526Harpeth HSKingston SpringsTN
0h, Guac-O-Taco2,841Wantagh HSWantaghNY
1st Class Clothing2,366St. Charles NorthSt. CharlesIL
AceIT2,299JF Webb HSOxfordNC
0bsetionz2,057JF Webb HSOxfordNC
A Lil Twist1,653Carle Place HSCarle PlaceNY
585 Home & Office Supplies1,586Brighton HSRochesterNY
02H1,359Long Beach HS-NIKELido BeachNY
0hana Surfboard Company1,296Sayville HSWest SayvilleNY
EnvyUs1,240New Lothrop HSNew LothropMI
Advanced Lifestyle1,230Southold HSSoutholdNY
Basix1,221Centennial HSBakersfieldCA
0-Town, Inc.1,204Owosso HSOwossoMI
Anomalous1,158Bakersfield HSBakersfieldCA
Imagineers1,134Lapeer County Ed-Tech CenterAtticaMI
Bake My Day Bakeries1,072Elmont HSElmontNY
0ptimal Perf0rmance988Whippany Park HSWhippanyNJ
Alpha & Omega979Lawrence County HSLawrenceburgTN
3D Premier Properties946St. James HSMurrells InletSC
Abstract Reality849Jefferson HSTampaFL
Area304840Geneva CUSD #304GenevaIL
A.I. Energy836Northview AcademyKodakTN
2 Pure: International832Sachem East HSFarmingvilleNY
Knight & Day811Auburn HSAuburnIL

Top 25 Sellers (by Dollar Amount)

FirmTransaction AmountSchoolCityState
Abstract Reality$1,498,371.82Jefferson HSTampaFL
1 2 3 Pets$1,416,800.02Harpeth HSKingston SpringsTN
Xtreme Comfort, Inc.$1,345,813.35St. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
1st Class Clothing$1,105,622.56St. Charles North HSSt. CharlesIL
99 @dventures$1,015,490.58Berks Career and Technology CenterLeesportPA
0h! Paws$994,585.60Bartlett Yancey HSYanceyvilleNC
Electric Avenue$971,088.28St. Charles East HSSt. CharlesIL
585 Home & Office Supplies$907,435.08Brighton HSRochesterNY
Sprout$903,635.70Edward R. MurrowBrooklynNY
0hana Surfboard Company$894,542.45Sayville HSWest SayvilleNY
Capital Enterprise, Inc$871,486.02Northwood HSPittsboroNC
0-Town, Inc.$806,662.00Owosso HSOwossoMI
Area304$748,460.00Geneva CUSD #304GenevaIL
2 Pure: International$739,326.54Sachem East HSFarmingvilleNY
Golden Ram Enterprises, Inc.$722,133.00Holt HSHoltMI
A Lil Twist$638,997.07Carle Place HSCarle PlaceNY
Imagination, Inc$607,121.25The Maxine Greene HS for Imaginative InquiryNew YorkNY
Lucid Investment Financial Enterprise$594,160.20HS of Economics and FinanceNew YorkNY
Millennial Money Management$588,899.16Academy of Finance & EnterpriseLong Island CityNY
0ne Tiny Mansion$585,600.00Granville Central HSStemNC
3D Premier Properties$559,745.00St. James HSMurrells InletSC
Imagineers$545,506.50Lapeer County Ed-Tech CenterAtticaMI
Core Inc$541,637.00Timothy Christian HSElmhurstIL
A-1 Enterprises$534,774.97Fenton HSBensenvilleIL
Top Thrill$526,390.78Lapeer County Ed-Tech CenterAtticaMI

Sales Totals by Day of the Week

DayNumber of TransactionsTransaction Amount

Sales Totals by Month

MonthNumber of TransactionsTransaction Amount
January 201815,808$4,900,634.96
February 201818,178$7,699,221.62
March 201819,093$7,559,160.70
April 201816,506$13,685,021.87
May 20188,966$8,489,628.07
June 2018463$555,074.06
July 2018223$422,539.77
August 2017413$276,503.60
September 2017523$772,154.81
October 20172,742$1,839,287.32
November 201712,487$4,832,079.74
December 201713,665$5,271,689.04

Top Dates for Sales (by Number of Transactions)

DateNumber of Transactions
Monday, December 4, 20171,652
Friday, February 2, 20181,557
Monday, April 30, 20181,411
Friday, April 20, 20181,407
Thursday, January 11, 20181,367
Thursday, February 1, 20181,324
Tuesday, November 28, 20171,315
Wednesday, February 28, 20181,312
Tuesday, February 27, 20181,290
Tuesday, January 30, 20181,280
Friday, March 16, 20181,267
Thursday, November 30, 20171,254
Wednesday, April 18, 20181,238
Wednesday, March 14, 20181,232
Wednesday, November 29, 20171,231
Tuesday, December 5, 20171,177
Thursday, April 26, 20181,140
Friday, December 8, 20171,137
Wednesday, February 14, 20181,084
Monday, November 27, 20171,065
Wednesday, January 10, 20181,057
Wednesday, January 31, 20181,057
Monday, March 19, 20181,057
Tuesday, February 13, 20181,031
Thursday, March 15, 20181,022
Tuesday, March 27, 20181,001

Top Dates for Sales (by Dollar Amount)

DateTransaction Amount
Monday, April 9, 2018$1,430,350.11
Monday, April 30, 2018$1,422,718.34
Wednesday, April 18, 2018$1,380,035.10
Monday, December 11, 2017$1,338,560.46
Friday, April 20, 2018$1,328,472.91
Monday, April 16, 2018$1,263,686.03
Tuesday, April 17, 2018$1,083,675.23
Friday, February 2, 2018$1,013,571.23
Thursday, April 19, 2018$856,271.91
Friday, March 16, 2018$743,465.25
Thursday, April 26, 2018$713,311.55
Wednesday, April 25, 2018$711,940.64
Thursday, May 3, 2018$707,832.08
Tuesday, May 1, 2018$646,899.74
Wednesday, October 4, 2017$635,738.00
Monday, April 23, 2018$598,463.56
Tuesday, February 27, 2018$576,019.57
Friday, May 25, 2018$574,759.98
Tuesday, May 22, 2018$573,811.87
Thursday, May 17, 2018$553,716.43
Wednesday, February 28, 2018$550,901.57
Tuesday, May 8, 2018$542,474.35
Friday, May 11, 2018$539,971.42
Friday, May 4, 2018$537,782.58
Friday, April 27, 2018$513,861.94

Top Items (by Number of Transactions)

ItemNumber of Transactions
Chocolate Chip Cookie (single)16,224
Steak Tacos15,554
Hazel Nut Coffee14,368
Tradtional Coffee14,016
Panda Bean Bag Chair9,631
Medical Wrap7,836
Apple of My Eye7,649
Fruit Leather5,577
Hot Box Solar Option5,250
Cherry Lime Popsicle4,593
Iconic Pull-Over Hoodie4,351
E-Z P-Z Lemon Squeezy4,182
It Takes Two to Mango4,148
Peach for the Stars4,108
Dynamic Duo4,062
Vanilla Coffee3,479
Cherry on Top3,159
Chicken Tacos3,095
Gear Bundle3,055

Top Items (by Dollar Amount)

ItemTransaction Amount
Gear Bundle$1,069,250.00
Delta X$600,000.00
Trade Fair Enlightened Package$495,020.00
The Golden Package$457,443.25
Panda Bean Bag Chair$433,395.00
Seed Post$420,500.00
3-Day Volcanic Hike$407,880.00
Hot Box Solar Option$367,447.50
Complete Package (Base Button+Wireless Charging+Tracking)$354,000.00
5-Month Guest Special$341,121.26
3 Year Deluxe SPECIAL$321,300.00
Office Bundle$302,640.00
2-Day Hawaii Skydiving$290,820.00
Corporate Accounting Package$288,800.00
Small Treehouse$283,200.00
Trade Show$279,000.00
Small Advertisement$270,000.00
Diamond Bundle$267,088.00
Trade Show Visitor$261,789.12
Gold Package$254,427.34
Large Treehouses$252,500.00
V+ Membership$232,800.00
3-Day Cave Dive in the Cenotes of Riviera Maya$222,360.00
Air Jordan Maroon 11$221,320.00

Popular Promo Codes


South Pasadena High School: “Hundreds of Students Visit SPHS to Take Part in the Virtual Enterprise Leadership Conference”

On Thursday, October 4, 2018, nearly 470 students from 18 schools in California visited South Pasadena High School as part of the Virtual Enterprise Leadership Conference.

As the kickoff to the Virtual Enterprise competition year, 30 teams of students met with business professionals from the community who presented workshops throughout the day. Students attending the conference experienced a taste of the real-world, learning skills in areas such as web design, graphic design, public speaking/presentation, finance and more. The conference provided student-teams with networking opportunities and the chance to bond with their classes, teams and companies.

Find article here: “Hundreds of Students Visit SPHS to Take Part in the Virtual Enterprise Leadership Conference

Timothy Christian High School and Park Place of Elmhurst Enter Third Year of Partnership, Enabling Retired Business Leaders to Mentor Illinois VE Students

The 2018-19 school year marks the third year of a unique partnership between Timothy Christian High School’s VE program Core, Inc. and Park Place of Elmhurst, a continuing care retirement community in the western Chicago suburbs.

Retired business professionals and leaders living at Park Place of Elmhurst play a crucial role at the beginning of the school year by helping to interview students vying for key departmental roles and assisting Kendra Lee, VE facilitator at Timothy Christian High School, in selecting students for leadership positions. In addition to helping students through their first-ever professional interviews, these mentors share their experiences and advice with students throughout the year, provide feedback on Core, Inc.’s business plan presentation, and share business meal etiquette during an annual business breakfast.

“The partnership with Park Place allows students to gain insight and wisdom about the workplace and life from individuals who have a wealth of experience,” said Kendra Lee. “The students and Park Place residents both learn and benefit from this relationship. Students often mention what they learn from these mentors, using their stories and advice as guidance for various projects, challenges, and key moments throughout the year.”

Demarion Williams, a VE student from Timothy Christian High School, during the interview process

“My Interview with Mr. Jack Cashman was an eye-opening one,” said Demarion Williams, a VE student from Timothy Christian High School. “He taught me a very important lesson about not always having to be the top guy but being a part of a team and contributing to the overall success to a company. I appreciate the time and effort that Mr. Cashman gave to Core Inc.”

Park Place residents who conducted job interviews for all Core, Inc. Chiefs and VPs include Michael Harrington, Founder and Board of Directors Chair, First Enterprise Financial Group (ret.); Jack Cashman, National Manager of Government Affairs, Sears (ret.); Carolyn Vallort, Vice President, Ron Vallort and Associates, Ltd. (ret.), Ron Vallort, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Architecture, The Haskell Company (ret.), a $600 million design build contracting firm, Bob Parker, VP of Purchasing, Transportation & Facilities, International Harvester Co. (ret.).

(Pictured left-to-right) Jack Cashman; Michael Harrington; Bob Parker; Kendra Lee; Lisa Stoik, Life Enrichment Director, Park Place at Elmhurst; Ron Vallort; Carolyn Vallort

“I am honored to work with VE students and impressed at the practical, day-to-day experiences that they gain through the program,” said Ron Vallort, a Park Place resident and VE mentor. “I enjoyed the enthusiasm and candor of the VEI students during their “job interviews,” said Carolyn Vallort. ”It’s a blessing to be able to interact with these students,” said Jack Cashman.

For VE schools interested in learning more about this partnership, reach out to Kendra Lee at

Apply Now for the 2019 VE Social Venture Challenge Sponsored By BNP Paribas

The 2019 VE Social Venture Challenge is a business pitch competition designed to inspire VE students to propose solutions to pressing social and environmental issues. This year’s competition prizes will be supported by BNP Paribas, whose mission supports igniting social innovation for the common good.

The purpose of the 2019 VE Social Venture Challenge is to give VE students the opportunity to develop a real business concept that has a social and/or environmental impact. Student teams of 2-4 members who advance to the final round will be able to pitch their unique social enterprise business concept to a panel of leading entrepreneurs and BNP Paribas executives – at VE’s annual gala on April 17, 2019 in New York City.

Budding entrepreneurs will be able to transform their concepts into viable businesses that drive social change through mentorship, education, financial support and real-world business opportunities. A $10,000 monetary prize will be awarded to the first-place team to advance their concept and a laptop computer will be awarded to each second- and third-place team member.

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Background Information and Expectations
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The 2019 VE Social Venture Challenge Interest Application is open from October 1, 2018 to November 20, 2018.

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Background Information and Expectations

What is a social enterprise?

A social enterprise can be generally defined as an economically sustainable business that positively impacts people and/or the planet. It can be organized as a for-profit or not-for-profit, and exists to achieve a positive impact on the economy, people or the environment – such as providing safe drinking water, renewable energy or creating jobs for the unemployed. Sample social enterprise businesses may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Social Impact
    • Job creation
    • Improved health care or education for underserved populations
    • Developing people’s success skills
    • Business ethics
  • Environmental Impact
    • Minimizing impacts of an activity on the environment
    • Environmentally friendly solutions/products/materials
    • Circular economy (reuse of end-of-life products – waste – as raw materials)
    • Developing biodegradable products or sustainable energy sources

What should you consider before submitting an idea?

  • Answer the following questions to guide your thinking about a social enterprise when developing your concept:
    • What is the challenge are you trying to solve?
    • Why is this challenge important?
    • How do you intend to solve this challenge?
    • What is your vision for the future beyond solving the immediate challenge?
  • Be mindful that your social enterprise business plan…
    • …must solve a social and/or environmental issue and be entirely integrated into your social venture business model.
    • …should not be limited to simply donating a portion of its profits to charity; it must have a positive impact on a social issue or the environment.
    • …needs to have the potential to scale.
    • …should be able to build a viable economic model and not rely only on grants or outside donations.
    • …should be innovative
    • …can be a for-profit, nonprofit or hybrid
    • …should be able to identify potential partners that you could approach, potential competitors, and potential funders.
    • …must provide a pre-analysis of the “social market” considered (for instance, what issue is being tackled and how socially innovative is it compared to existing practices, estimation of the population underserved, sizing of the growth potential…)
    • Defining metrics to measure the impact (if applicable: on the economy, on the people, on the environment…)
  • Research whether or not your social enterprise business already exists. However, you may submit an idea that improves upon an existing product and/or service.
    • Conduct a Google search to see if your idea exists.
    • Search the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s database to see if your product idea has been submitted for a patent.

Can the VE Social Venture Challenge Mirror the VE business?

YES, as long as the social enterprise business addresses a sustainability challenge and is a viable concept that can be implemented in the real world.

Is this competition in lieu of the VE Business Plan Competition? 

NO. This competition will be a separate competition with different judging criteria, submission timelines, and team members.


VE Social Venture Challenge semi-finalist teams must be willing to commit to mentoring by industry professionals leading up to the Challenge via Skype.

Application Process & Timeline


  1. October 1, 2018 – November 20, 2018 – Team and business concept application period.
  2. November 20, 2018 – December 22, 2018 – Round 1 application period.
  3. January 19, 2019 – Seven (7) semi-finalist teams will be selected to advance to Round 2.
  4. February 8, 2019 – Semi-finalist submit Round 2 application by 5:00 PM.
  5. February 15, 2019 – Three (3) finalist teams will be selected to advance to the Final Round. Mentors will be assigned. Finalist teams must commit to work with mentors (through Skype) to refine their presentation leading up to the Challenge.
  6. February – April 2019 – Teams will practice their pitch presentations with VEI staff and business mentors.
  7. April 17, 2019 – Three (3) finalist teams will give their pitch presentations at the Gala.

Interest Application

Submit Interest Application

Round 1: Preliminary Round

Teams of 2-4 students may apply to enter the Challenge. The designated team leader must complete the online application found below (application pending). The application consists of relevant business questions and a one-minute Video Pitch, which must be submitted by 5:00 PM, Friday, December 22, 2018.

Round 1 entries will be evaluated by VEI staff, who will provide feedback and might ask for clarifying questions. All entries will be kept confidential. After VEI staff review Round 1 submissions, seven (7) semi-finalist teams will be selected to advance to Round 2 and will be notified by January 19, 2019.

Round 1 Video Pitch Guidelines: 

The 60-second video pitch should include the following information.

  • An engaging introduction.
  • The problem that the product/service is trying to solve.
  • How the product/service is going to solve the problem.
  • A description of the potential customers.
  • Why the product/service is better than those of the competition.
  • Why their team is the best to lead the company to success.

Sample Video Pitches:

Round 2: Semi-Final Round

The seven (7) semi-finalist teams will be asked to provide more detail about their business idea by February 8, 2019.

Three (3) finalist teams will be selected to advance to the Final Round and will be notified by February 15, 2019. Mentors will be assigned. Finalist teams must commit to work with mentors (through Skype) to refine their presentation leading up to the Challenge.

Final Round: 2019 Gala Presentations

The three (3) finalist teams will be invited to give their pitch presentations at the Gala on April 17, 2019 in New York City.

Final Round Pitch Presentation Guidelines:

  • Distributing material, samples and/or prototypes is permitted and encouraged.
  • PowerPoint slides (up to 4 slides) or audio/ video assistance is allowed.
  • Each presenter will be given a few minutes to answer questions from the judges.
  • The presentation pitch may not exceed 3 minutes.

Awards & Prizes

Finalist teams will be eligible to win prize money (to advance their concept), and each team member will receive a laptop computer. Transportation and lodging costs to New York City will be provided to finalist teams not taking part in the YBS.

Judging Criteria

Judges for each round will evaluate the teams as real-world entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from investors. The businesses will be judged on the following criteria: viability, scalability (growth potential), team, innovation, and pitching skills. Businesses will be ranked based on which company the judges would most likely invest in as a sustainable social enterprise.

Thank you and good luck to all participants!

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 73 countries, with more than 196,000 employees. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporate and institutional clients) to realize their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. As a global company and Bank, BNP Paribas has a key role to play in building a sustainable future and therefore place great importance on its responsibility towards the economy, its employees, the environment and the communities.

2018 VE Venture Challenge Winner

Presenters: Madeline Barber & Skyler Smith
Parkway South HS, Manchester, MO

Madeline B. and Skyler S. from Parkway South High School in Missouri won the inaugural VE Venture Challenge, securing $10,000 in seed funding as well as a 1-year membership at WeWork Labs as they work to launch Generation, the ultimate unisex outdoor jacket.

View the VE Venture Challenge Presentations at the 2018 Gala

2018 Virginia Conference & Exhibition Recap

March 6, 2018
Advanced Technology Center, Tidewater Community College
Virginia Beach, VA

Key Stats

  • 248 total attendees
  • 14 schools
  • 16 firms
  • 198 students

Competition Results

Results for the top teams at this event’s competitions can be found at the Competitions Results page.

View Competition Results


Thank You to Our Supporters

Thank you to the following volunteers for helping judge competitions:

  • Victoria Carper, Webmaster, City of Hampton
  • Nate Collins, Supervisor Contact Center; Tech Support, Canon Information Technology Services, Inc.
  • Ralph Doak, President, All Seasons Heating and Cooling Service Company
  • Theresa Dougherty, Business and Information Technology Coordinator, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Ann Marie Garvey, Assistant Director, Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Daniel Girouard, Asset Manager, City of Hampton, Hampton, VA
  • Kelly Krause, Operations Manager/Registered Assistant, JJSA Advisors, Ltd., Virginia Beach, VA
  • Peter Kraehmer, Vice President of Sales, Comtel Communications
  • Amy Mallinson, Vice President of Marketing, Virginia Beach City Public Schools Federal Credit Union
  • Robert Marlin, School Counseling Department Chair and Webmaster, Virginia Beach Technical and Career Center
  • Stephany Martin, Manager, Sr. Contact Center, Canon Information Technologies Services, Inc.
  • Sandra Raker, Public Speaking Professor, Paul D. Camp Community College
  • Anne Rowe, CTE Coordinator, (Retired, Virginia Department of Education)