2017 Venture Challenge Semi-Finalists

The following nine teams have moved on to Round II of the 2017 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 semi-finalist teams will be asked to provide more detail about their business idea by February 21, 2017 and three (3) finalist teams will be selected to advance to the Final Round and will be notified by February 24, 2017.

2017 Semi-Finalists

Ethnic EmpowermentFrancis Lewis High SchoolFresh Meadows, NY
HEELmatesCary-Grove High SchoolCary, IL
NeuVenJefferson High SchoolTampa, FL
PrizmWesthampton Beach High SchoolWesthampton Beach, NY
Solely RubberJP Taravella High SchoolCoral Springs, FL
The Safe HousePortland High SchoolPortland, TN
TredBedParkway West High SchoolChesterfield, MO
Trinity GamesFrancis Lewis High SchoolFresh Meadows, NY
VICTORIESEagle Academy for Young Men of HarlemNew York, NY

Go to VE Venture Challenge page

Go to 2017 Gala page

2016 National Business Plan Competition Finalists


The following 28 teams have qualified for the 2016 National Business Plan Competition, taking place on April 17 at LIU Brooklyn. This event is the most prestigious and rigorous annual business plan competition for public high school students. It challenges VEI students from across the country to demonstrate their global business expertise through written business plans and oral presentations. In order to qualify for this event, these teams have demonstrated the best written plans and oral presentations at their respective local, state, and regional competitions.

2016 Finalists

A+ OpportunityCareerline Technical CenterHolland, MI
Adventure TimePinckney Community HSPinckney, MI
AquaTerraWesthampton Beach HSWesthampton Beach, NY
Avant-garde Furnishings, Inc.Fort HamiltonBrooklyn, NY
Brooklyn's Sweet N Savory CateringFort HamiltonBrooklyn, NY
ConciergeNew DorpStaten Island, NY
Culturally Creative Cupcakes, Inc.International Prep HSBuffalo, NY
ElysiumBearden HSKnoxville, TN
EnviroscentalsMount St. MaryKenmore, NY
Envision NorthBelvidere North HSBelvidere, IL
EvoTechPatchogue Medford HSMedford, NY
FitspirationRobbinsville HSRobbinsville, NJ
Focal Point IncJP Taravella HSCoral Springs, FL
HeliosWesthampton Beach HSWesthampton Beach, NY
INKSouth Pasadena HSSouth Pasadena, CA
KarunaBakersfield HSBakersfield, CA
N.E.R.D.S. TechnologyArvin HSArvin, CA
NocogoMurrieta Valley HSMurrieta Valley, CA
ROC SecurityHewlett HSHewlett, NY
Rock SolidPerson HSRoxboro, NC
SalubreByron Nelson HSTrophy Club, TX
ScholarMEHerndon High SchoolHerndon, VA
SockscribeCentennial HSBakersfield, CA
The EdgeGranville Central HSStem, NC
The Golden SpoonGreer HSGreer, SC
TrifectaMurrieta Valley HSMurrieta Valley, CA
UnderWrapzCrystal Lake South HSCrystal Lake, IL
Vitality Inc.Bearden HSKnoxville, TN


Go to Youth Business Summit page

Go to 2016 National Business Plan Competition page

Register Now for National Video Commercial and HR Competitions!


The 2016 National Video Commercial Competition, the year’s third National Online Competition, is taking place during March.

For this competition, students will produce a 30 to 60 second video commercial that effectively promotes their VEI business, product(s), and/or service(s). Videos will be judged based on content, how compelling the commercial is, and production quality. Submissions must be appropriate for a school-related event, must be original student work, and must not violate copyright laws or plagiarize existing work.

View the 2016 National Video Commercial Competition submission guidelines and scoring criteria.

Go to competitions.veinternational.org to register and submit your firm’s commercial.


For the first time ever during the Youth Business Summit, VEI is holding a National Human Resources Competition.

Teams of 1-2 employees from the company’s HR department will deliver oral presentations addressing the HR operations of their respective companies. Students are responsible for informing judges of their policies and practices as they relate to the employee handbook, company communications, employee evaluations, and employee recognition.

Go to the 2016 National Human Resources Competition page for more details and to register.

Contact Tyler Fugazzie, Marketing and Communications Manager, at tyler@veinternational.org with any questions. 

[North Carolina] “Franklinton students learn valuable business skills”

The Axis Enterprise team from left, Chief Executive Officer Jasmine Baskett, Office Manager Amanda Younger, saleswoman Tiana Williams, Public Relations Officer Cole Gupton, Chief Operations Officer Joshua Mayton, Accounting Specialist Grant Poupard and Chief Financial Officer Amanhi Ogbonnaya. (Photo Credit: The Wake Weekly)

The Axis Enterprise team from left, Chief Executive Officer Jasmine Baskett, Office Manager Amanda Younger, saleswoman Tiana Williams, Public Relations Officer Cole Gupton, Chief Operations Officer Joshua Mayton, Accounting Specialist Grant Poupard and Chief Financial Officer Amanhi Ogbonnaya. (Photo Credit: The Wake Weekly)

Axis Enterprise of Franklinton High School in Franklinton, NC recently received news coverage in the North Carolina-based The Wake Weekly.

From the article:

“‘This is an amazing program and it gives you so much insight on how a business works inside and out,’ said Senior Jasmine Baskett, the company Chief Executive Officer. ‘Even with the introduction to Life Strikes, Virtual Enterprise gives you a whole new outlook on life itself, with personal budgets and life problems. I know that this program has a lot to offer to its students. This program has literally changed my life.’
‘Axis Enterprise is a truly unique class unlike any other,’ senior Joshua Mayton, the Chief Operating Officer commented. ‘This class allows the students to learn from their choices as opposed to being lectured. Even if a student has no intention of entering business, the class teaches real world skills necessary in everyday life. ‘I believe that taking this class has made me better in taking charge, financial obligations, and overall responsibility.’

‘Axis has prepared me for opportunities that I would have never taken two years ago,’ senior Alexus Coles, vice president of marketing, commented. ‘My life is surrounded by fortuity and great measures. As I take my future in my hands, I have Axis’ great teachings revolving around me.'”

Find more national, state, and local VEI news coverage on our [intlink id=”10524″ type=”page”]Media Coverage[/intlink] page

VEI Congratulates College Prep Certified Classes


College and career readiness is a top priority for high schools across the United States. After a thorough review by the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the VEI classes from William Cullen Bryant High School and Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship High School (BCAE) both located in Queens received College Preparatory Course Certification (CPCC). The NYC DOE bestows this certification to recognize high school classes that build college readiness skills.

VEI is extremely proud of these certifications and congratulates Bryant and BCAE on this achievement.

For more information, visit the NYC DOE’s website.