2018 Illinois Business Plan Competition Recap

On Friday, December 7, 2018, 100 students from 12 schools participated in the 2018 Illinois Business Plan Competition Recap hosted at Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb Campus. Competition Results 1st Place – Unwind, Crystal Lake South High School, Crystal Lake, IL 2nd Place – … Continue reading

2018 San Diego Conference & Exhibition Recap

November 30, 2018 Paradise Point Resort San Diego, California Key Stats Photos Competition Results Participating Firms Social Media Contest Winners Key Stats 1,350 total attendees 1,010 participating students 39 schools 48 firms 55 volunteers 11 competitions Photos View the full … Continue reading

Fox Rochester: “Local students getting chance to run own business”

On December 27, 2018, Fox Rochester interviewed five students from high schools in Pittsford, New York about what it’s like to run their VE businesses: Twirl n’ Swirl, Cloud 9 Comfort, SendIT, and DoorStep Sports. Students were asked about typical … Continue reading

23 ABC News: “Stockdale students create virtual business that recycles dead wood from California fires”

Phoenix Wood, a VE business in Stockdale, California, was featured on ABC News on December 14, 2018, for its innovative business idea of using dead or diseased wood to make products such as water bottles, skateboards, and glasses frames. “The … Continue reading

2017-18 Annual Report: VE Prepared 13,000 Students from 400 Schools for Fulfilling, Financially Secure Futures

From its start in 1996, VE has focused on the future—the future of our students, our workforce, our business partners, and our communities—and 2017-18 was no exception. In its 21st year of operation, VE programs brought practical career experience to … Continue reading

WROC-TV (CBS): Video of the 2018 Northeast Conference & Exhibition Hosted at the University of Rochester

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Knox News: “Local high school students build business, collect 1,400 pairs of socks for homeless”

On December 6, 2018, VE firm Global Warming from Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, recently featured by 23 ABC News for collecting and donating socks to homeless shelters, was profiled by Knox News on the strength of the company’s first place … Continue reading

2018 Southern Regional Conference and Exhibition Recap

November 19-20, 2018 LeConte Event Center Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Key Stats Competition Results Participating Firms Social Media Contest Winners Special Thanks Key Stats 1,200 total attendees 935 participating students 60 schools 73 firms 13 competitions (including Business Plan) 6 states … Continue reading “School violence inspires Centennial High students’ idea for virtual business”

In light of recent school shootings and other local incidents of violence, VE students from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California were motivated to create their VE company Ancora Safety as a way to equip students to be prepared for the … Continue reading

VE Classrooms from Around the U.S. Give Visitors an Inside Look at the Future of Work for #GivingTuesday 2018

At VE, we are creating a generation of young people who are prepared for fulfilling, financially secure futures. For #GivingTuesday 2018, VE classrooms from around the U.S. opened their doors to give visitors an inside look at the future of … Continue reading