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)


Voice of America: “Students Learn Real Skills, Earn Simulated Profits”

VE was recently featured in The Voice of America, the U.S.’s largest international broadcaster.

“The money isn’t real, but the skills are, said a student entrepreneur with the virtual company Big City Tours, who won a scholarship to college.

“I went to the interviews, and being in this company has helped me really prepare my presentation skills and be able to talk to other people,” said student Catalina Garcia, who will start college this fall and hopes to become a doctor. She says the skills she gained in a virtual company have helped her, whether or not she starts her own company or works in the corporate sector.”

Link to full article: “Students Learn Real Skills, Earn Simulated Profits

2018 Venture Challenge Semi-Finalists

The following eight teams have moved on to Round 2 of the 2018 VE Venture Challenge.

Each team was evaluated as real-world entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from investors. These businesses excelled in the following criteria: viability, scalability (growth potential), team, innovation, and pitching skills. The ten (10) semi-finalist teams will be asked to provide more detail about their business idea by February 8, 2018. Three (3) finalist teams will be selected to advance to the Final Round and will be notified by February 15, 2018.

2018 Semi-Finalists

Apollo, Northwood High School, Pittsboro, NC
Axel, Francis Lewis High School, Fresh Meadows, NY
BedShift, Francis Lewis High School, Fresh Meadows, NY
Extreme Angles, Northwood High School, Pittsboro, NC
Generation, Parkway South High School, Manchester, MO
Indiplay, Loretto High School, Loretto, TN
Tropicoffee, Cooper City High School, Cooper City, FL
Wing, Westhampton Beach High School, Westhampton Beach, NY

Go to VE Venture Challenge page

Go to 2018 Gala page

Fox 5: 2018 Long Island Conference and Exhibition

Fox 5’s New York Minute featured the 2018 VE Long Island Conference and Exhibition hosted at Farmingdale State College.

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Verizon FiOS1 News: 2018 Long Island Conference and Exhibition

Verizon FiOS1 – Long Island featured VE students at the 2018 Long Island Conference and Exhibition.

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2018 Long Island Competition Results

Announcement Schedule
Pre-trade show Competitions: 10:00 AM
Day of trade show Competitions: 12:25 PM
Please report to Room 109 by 1:15 PM to pick up your award(s).

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

Company Branding

Gold Silver
Trubambu A Helping Hand
5urfs Up SolarFlex
Supa Scoops

Company Newsletter

Gold Silver
SuppLI 0h, Gauc-O-Taco
Body Kinetics SPFy
EVO Tech A Little Twist

E-Commerce Website

Gold Silver
 InvisaTrack  0h, Gauc-O-Taco
 A Helping Hand  EVO Tech
 Home Plate  SuppLI
 A Little Twist
 TRUBLU Technologies

Employee Handbook

Gold Silver
 EVO Tech  Port Clothing
 Body Kinetics  SuppLI

Sales Materials

Gold Silver
 Body Kinetics  02H
 A Helping Hand  Click-n-shop
 Trubambu  SolarFlex

Video Commercial

Gold Silver
 A Helping Hand  SPFy
 Home Plate  A Little Twist
 Trubambu  OmniStreem

Booth Design

Gold Silver
 Pre Game Sports Inc.  SuppLI
 Trubambu  EVO Tech
 Bake My Day  Advanced Lifestyle


Gold Silver
 A Helping Hand  CHI Corporation
 Monstrous Munchies  Say Cheese
 Bake My Day  Zaropa

Impact Marketing

Gold Silver
 A Helping Hand
 Invisa Track


Monday, January 8th 2018

Company Branding

Gold Silver
Fresh Direct Vend The Rules
At Your Service Nuapps

Company Newsletter

Gold Silver
Blueprint Nuapps
Prestige Worldwide

E-Commerce Website

Gold Silver
At Your Service

Employee Handbook

Gold Silver
It’s Fudge Ponix
PetPair Vend The Rules

Sales Materials

Gold Silver
At Your Service Vend The Rules
Fresh Direct Prestige Worldwide

Video Commercial

Gold Silver
At Your Service Fresh Direct
Empire Crates

Booth Design

Gold Silver
Gobi Outfitters Trendy Tees
Prestige Worldwide MatchWear
Ponix At Your Service


Gold Silver
Empire Crates EcoSence
MatchWear Live Action
Fresh Direct At Your Service

Impact Marketing

Gold Silver
At Your Service

2018 National Teachers Conference Dates Announced: July 9 – July 12

The National Teachers Conference is the best way for new and returning VEI teachers and school administrators to get ready for the upcoming school year. The next conference will be held July 9-12, 2018 at Long Island University Post Campus and will include four days of collaborative professional development, including workshops, presentations, networking, special events, and tours of LIU Post’s campus.

Details including registration, travel and accommodations, conference schedule, and more will be found on the National Teachers Conference page when available.

2016-17 Annual Report

With the help of the business partners, supporters, board members, educators, mentors and advocates who are part of our mission, in 2016-17 we transformed 12,000 students across 400 schools in 19 states into business professionals and entrepreneurs. It is both exciting and humbling to know that VEI has impacted so many students who have developed the skills and competencies needed to be college- and career-ready while developing and executing business innovations.

And thanks to our VEI community, we invested nearly $2 million in creating the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

As you review the many milestones of the past year at VE, we hope that you will celebrate the part you played in helping thousands of rising business leaders and entrepreneurs achieve great things.

View 2016-17 Annual Report

October 2017 Social Media Showcase

Students are developing and applying their career readiness competencies through their daily work experience in the classroom, professional development activities, leadership events, major VE program components such as business planning, the National Elevator Pitch Competition, and the National Branding Competition.

VE community members: If you want to be featured in next month’s showcase, share photos and/or videos of students working and examples of work being produced on Instagram and/or Twitter with #veinternational.

Student Work

Company shirts #xtremeteam #xtremecomfort #vei #veinternational

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Students Working



First-Ever VE Alumni Networking Night


Celebrating VE’s Winning Women


HalloVEen Contest Winner

2017 National Company Branding Competition

Submissions Period: 10/16/2017 – 11/3/2017
Judging Period: 11/4/2017 – 11/26/2017
Results Announced: Week of 12/4/2017

The 2017 National Company Branding Competition is now open! Firms will demonstrate their company branding through the submission of a branding package that includes the company logo, fonts, color palette and associated applications such as: company letterhead, business cards, envelopes, cover pages, sales materials, or other similar company documents. An effective brand will be memorable, versatile, relevant to the company’s business, and consistently applied across all elements. A versatile logo is one that will look good when applied in different applications, such as brochures, websites, or promotional pens.

Consult the Company Branding Rubric available at Portal / Competitions & Rubrics / Rubrics to review submission criteria, judging criteria, Career Readiness Framework alignment, and the scoring key. Remember to review previous branding package submissions and effective brands and brand packages made in the real-world. When you’re ready, use the Competitions Manager linked below to register and submit.

Go to Competitions Manager to Submit


Prepare By Reviewing Past Submissions

You can view previous top submissions by going to Competition Results. We’ve selected the following branding packages to help demonstrate what a successful branding package looks like according to the different submission elements.


Competitions Manager

National Online Competitions Main Page

Competition Results