2018 National Company Branding Competition Now Open

Submissions Period: 10/15/18 – 10/31/18
Judging Period: 11/1/18 – 11/21/18
Results Announced: Week of 12/3/18

The 2018 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.


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2018 National Elevator Pitch Competition Now Open

Elevator Pitch Submissions Period: 9/17/18 – 10/6/18
Elevator Pitch Judging Period: 10/4/18 – 10/18/18
Results Announced: Week of 10/29/18

The 2018 National Elevator Pitch Competition is now open! This is a video submission competition that challenges VE students to make a convincing and engaging “Elevator Pitch” to an Angel Investor in 60 seconds or less. All students are encouraged to participate in this event, regardless of their position in the company.

Consult the Elevator Pitch (Video) Rubric available at Portal / Competitions & Rubrics / Rubrics to review submission criteria, judging criteria, Career Readiness Framework alignment, and the scoring key, review previous elevator pitch videos, review strong pitches made in the real-world, and practice, practice, practice. When you’re ready to submit, use the Competitions Manager.

Go to Competitions Manager to Submit Elevator Pitch

Prepare for Your Pitch By Reviewing Past Submissions

You can view previous Top 10% submissions on YouTube and/or Vimeo and we’ve selected the following pitches to help demonstrate what a successful pitch looks like according to the different submission elements.

Delivery

This student from Lumiere (Golden West High School, CA) provides a good example of a pitch that has been well-rehearsed yet sounds natural and engaging. Notice how he skillfully changes expression, gestures, and tones as he delivers his pitch.

Informative

Use real data to support the reasons an investor should invest in you the way this student from Poseidon Pure (Calhoun HS, NY) does in his 2017 submission.

Next Steps

Invite the audience to visit your website or follow you on social media in order to stay in touch with your company, like this student from Alpha & Omega (Lawrence County High School, TN) does in her elevator pitch.

Compelling

Don’t just recite a speech; be animated and show enthusiasm. Watch how this student from MatchWear (Francis Lewis HS, NY) engages the audience by smiling and using hand gestures throughout her video.

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2018 National Video Commercial Competition

Submissions Period: 2/26/2018 – 3/16/2018
Judging Period: 3/17/2018 – 4/8/2018
Results Announced: Week of 4/16/2018

For the 2018 National Video Commercial Competition, students will produce a 30- to 60-second video commercial that effectively promotes their VE 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.

Consult the Video Commercial 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 video commercial submissions (available below) and effective video commercials made in the real world. When you’re ready, use the Competitions Manager linked below to register and submit.

Link: Go to Competitions Manager to Submit

Submissions open on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM ET

Prepare By Reviewing Past Submissions

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

Top 10% Submissions Playlist – 2017 National Video Commercial Competition

Top 25% Submissions Playlist – 2017 National Video Commercial Competition

Honorable Mentions Playlist – 2017 National Video Commercial Competition


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Competition Results

2018 National Company Newsletter Competition

Submissions Period: 1/29/2018 – 2/16/2018
Judging Period: 2/17/2018 – 3/4/2018
Results Announced: Week of 3/12/2018

The 2018 National Company Newsletter Competition is now open! Firms will showcase their company updates through the submission of a company newsletter that is unique to the business and its employees, includes the company mission, newsletter content, and consistent branding presentation. An effective newsletter should communicate information about the company, special events, real world and virtual world news, contact information, and other information the company would like to share.

Consult the Newsletter 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 company newsletter submissions and effective newsletters 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 previous submissions to help demonstrate what a successful newsletter looks like according to the different submission elements.

 


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Competition Results

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

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Competition Results

2017 National Elevator Pitch Competition Now Open

Elevator Pitch Submissions Period: 9/18/2017 – 10/6/2017
Elevator Pitch Judging Period: 10/7/2017 – 10/22/2017
Results Announced: Week of 10/30/2017

The 2017 National Elevator Pitch Competition is now open! This is a video submission competition that challenges VE students to make a convincing and engaging “Elevator Pitch” to an Angel Investor in 60 seconds or less. All students are encouraged to participate in this event, regardless of their position in the company.

Consult the Elevator Pitch (Video) Rubric available at Portal / Competitions & Rubrics / Rubrics to review submission criteria, judging criteria, Career Readiness Framework alignment, and the scoring key, review previous elevator pitch videos, review strong pitches made in the real-world, and practice, practice, practice. When you’re ready to submit, use the Competitions Manager.

Go to Competitions Manager to Submit Elevator Pitch

Prepare for Your Pitch By Reviewing Past Submissions

You can view previous Top 10% submissions on YouTube and/or Vimeo and we’ve selected the following pitches to help demonstrate what a successful pitch looks like according to the different submission elements.

Delivery

This student from Nuapps (Francis Lewis HS, NY) provides a good example of a pitch that has been well-rehearsed yet sounds natural and engaging. Notice how he skillfully changes expression, gestures, and pauses as he delivers his pitch.

Informative

Use real data to support the reasons an investor should invest in you the way this student from Brooklyn Sweet N’ Savory Catering (Fort Hamilton HS, NY) does in her 2015 submission.

Emphasize how you are unique from other firms as demonstrated by this student from VE Radio (Mt. Miguel HS, California)

Next Steps

You can end with an invitation for further discussion, so the audience knows what they should do next. In her 2015 submission, this student from ReImagin3D (Francis Lewis HS, NY) invites the audience to lunch to talk more about what they can do next.

Compelling

Don’t just say a speech; be animated and show enthusiasm. Watch how these students from WorldTaste (James Logan HS, CA) do this by smiling and using hand gestures throughout their video.

This student from Repurpose (Greer HS, SC) walks around his firm’s work space as he presents, providing a creative example of engaging the audience’s interest by making use of setting.


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Competition Results