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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.