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

NY Daily News: “Academy of Finance and Enterprise’s family atmosphere helps students achieve success”

Students Brandon Prenz (left) and Entasa Chowdhury (right) in class at the Academy of Finance and Enterprise. (Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News)

A Unique Class to Prepare Students for the Real-World

“One of the most unique classes the academy offers is the Virtual Enterprise program, which gives students the opportunity to run their own virtual company. Seniors Brandon Prenz and Entasa Chowdhury are in a class that manages Headstart Advisers, a virtual financial firm that deals with stocks and personal financial literacy for their clients. The class prepares students for the real world — something the 17-year-olds say gives them confidence and virtual experience that they turn into jobs.”

Esha Ray and Reuven Blau, “Academy of Finance and Enterprise’s family atmosphere helps students achieve success,” New York Daily News

Read the full article here.

Brazilian Ministry of Education Officials Learn About VE as Part of U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program

Seven high-level officials from the Brazilian Ministry of Education visited VEI’s National Office as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The program brings officials to the U.S. to visit educational institutions and meet with their counterparts to exchange experiences and best practices in innovative high school models that can help better bridge students to post-secondary education and/or the private sector.

The visitors interacted with VE student-employees of Imagination, Inc. at The Maxine Greene HS for Imaginative Inquiry in New York City, explored VE best practices for engaging young people in career-focused study and preparation, and learned about elements of the VE’s international program and how the VE program engages students in relevant cultural interaction and experiences.

Delegates meeting with VE students

International Visitor Leadership Program Objectives

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project.

  • Provide participants with a panorama of the U.S. education system.
  • Introduce participants to key leaders from major associations, think tanks and/or research institutions in the area of education.
  • To visit different models of high performing and innovative schools – regular, magnet, vocational-technical, charter, others – to learn about the structure and financing of these schools, curriculum development, and partnerships (with the community, post-secondary institutions, the job sector).
  • Examine student performance evaluation methods.

Program Participants

  • Ricardo CORREA COELHO, Program Director, Ministry of Education
  • Eduardo DESCHAMPS, State Secretary of Education, State Secretariat of Education at Santa Catarina
  • Maria Ester GALVAO DE CARVALHO, President, State Council of Education of the State of Goias
  • Julio GREGORIO FILHO, State Secretary of Education, Secretariat of Education of the Federal District
  • Rafael Esmeraldo LUCCHESI RAMACCIOTTI, Director of Education and Technology, Brazilian National Confederation of Industry
  • Claudia Sueli RODRIGUES SANTA ROSA, State Secretary of Education, State Secretariat of Education of the State of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Rossieli SOARES DA SILVA, Secretary of Basic Education, Ministry of Education
  • Alessio TRINDADE DE BARROS, State Secretary of Education, State Secretariat of Education of the State of Paraiba
  • Jose Marcos Pereira, U.S. Department of State Interpreter
  • Alex C. Ladd, U.S. Department of State Interpreter
  • Sebastian Vasconcelos (Adminstrative), U.S. Department of State Interpreter

Further Reading

Korean Educators Learn About the VE Approach to Career Readiness