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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 … Continue reading

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Apply Now for the 2019 VE Social Venture Challenge Sponsored By BNP Paribas

The 2019 VE Social Venture Challenge is a business pitch competition designed to inspire VE students to propose solutions to pressing social and environmental issues. This year’s competition prizes will be supported by BNP Paribas, whose mission supports igniting social … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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VE-JV Middle School Students Pitch Business Ideas at Cal Poly Innovation Lab

During the week of July 16, 2018, 10 VE-JV middle school students from San Fernando Institute of Applied Media (SFIAM) put their STEM skills to the test at the Cal Poly Pomona Student Innovation Idea Lab (iLab). The students learned … Continue reading

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VE Facilitators Prepare for the Future of Work at the 2018 National Teachers Conference

During the week of July 9, 2018, more than 160 new and veteran facilitators from all over the U.S. came together at LIU Post for the annual National Teachers Conference, the biggest VE professional development event of the year. 2018 … Continue reading

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Getting Smart: “Preparing Students for Career Success”

Many students don’t feel prepared for the working world. Those who do feel prepared for work may be less prepared than they realize, or they may be prepared for work that no longer exists. Here are some ways to address … Continue reading

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Top 6 2018 National Business Plan Competition Presentations

The National Business Plan Competition (NBPC) showcases some of the best and brightest student leaders and budding entrepreneurs in the country. 28 VE companies from around the country made it to the 2018 National Business Plan Competition after demonstrating strong written … Continue reading

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May Social Media Highlights

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 creating annual reports and practicing employee recognition. As school and the VE … Continue reading

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LI Herald: “Memorial to offer virtual enterprise course”

Starting in Fall 2018, Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School will be joining the VE family as they begin offering VE-JV beginning in 7th grade. Valley Stream Memorial JHS’s 8th graders will join the program in 2019. In addition to … Continue reading

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Illinois VE Students Share End-of-Year Reflections

On May 21, 2018, six VE firms from Neuqua Valley High School welcomed VEI President Nick Chapman to their VE closing ceremony, where they shared year-end reflections, discussed important program takeaways, and shared student portfolios and company annual reports. Jump … Continue reading

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American Public Media’s Marketplace: “How to learn the business of business as a high schooler”

Marketplace’s Shaheen Ainpour attended the 2018 Youth Business Summit and interviewed VE students from TropiCoffee of Cooper City High School in Cooper City, Florida and Chameleon of Spring Hill High School in Chapin, South Carolina. The program is an effort … Continue reading

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South Pasadenan: “$10,000 Awarded | Oneonta Club Scholarships Ceremony”

VE student Kate Ba was one of three South Pasadena High School seniors who were awarded $10,000 scholarships from the Oneonta Club. The Philip V. Swan Oneonta Scholarship recognizes students who display a passion or commitment for something: “We are … Continue reading

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Patchogue Patch: “PMHS Student Gets Scholarship to LIU Post for Virtual Enterprise”

Megan Kremer, CEO of VE firm EVOTech and Patchogue-Medford High School graduating senior, was awarded a full ride scholarship to Long Island University. The T. Denny Sanford Scholarship acknowledges outstanding students such as Kremer, who in addition to running her … Continue reading

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2018 Bay Area Conference & Exhibition

March 17-18, 2018 Oakland Marriott City Center Oakland, CA Key Stats 1,000 total attendees 36 schools 59 firms 800 students 40 volunteers Participant Quotes “VE student employees from New York, Illinois, Oregon, California, and Germany competed and traded with an … Continue reading

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Valley News: “MVHS Virtual Enterprise promotes business training for high school students”

Peter Thorwarth of Valley News covered Murrieta Valley High School’s VE firms, SoleMates and Clear Coast Eyewear. The article discusses the firms’ successes at the 2018 Youth Business Summit and the impact the VE program has had on the students. “I learned … Continue reading

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HSBC Makes $750,000 Grant to Virtual Enterprises International

Marking a new stage in the more than 20-year partnership with VEI, HSBC announced a $750,000 grant in support of bringing the VE program to an additional 150 schools nationwide. Maureen Gillan-Myer, Head of Human Resources, HSBC USA, spoke at … Continue reading

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2018 Youth Business Summit Recap

April 16-18, 2018 Pier 92 New York, NY Key Stats Over $12.6 million transacted 5,000 total participants 4,700 student participants 210 VE companies represented 12 states represented 9 countries represented Competition Results Results for the National Business Plan Competition, National … Continue reading

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VE Students Participate in 2018 Career and Technical Education Showcase at Michigan State Capitol

On April 25, 2018, VE students from Careerline Tech Center in Holland, Michigan, along with their facilitator Amanda Schuster, were among select representatives from 15 Michigan schools asked to participate in the 2018 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Showcase at … Continue reading

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Bernews: “Berkeley Students Attend New York Summit”

Turning heads with their bright sweaters and bright smiles, Vacations in Paradise (V.I.P.) from The Berkeley Institute attended the 2018 Youth Business Summit with the support of The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). V.I.P.’s Coordinator, Ms. Nichols-Marshall, has seen her students grow … Continue reading

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UFT: “Virtual Enterprise International Trade Fair”

Sterling Roberson, UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools, visited the 2018 Youth Business Summit to see more than 1,500 New York City students transform into business professionals. Over 4,000 students from around the world participated in the … Continue reading

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Newsday: “5 LI teams vie in national business plan competition”

Five Long Island VE firms made it to the 2018 National Business Plan Competition. These teams competed presented amongst 28 teams from across the U.S. during the 2018 Youth Business Summit. The Long Island firms included Elluminate from Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK … Continue reading

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Coral Springs Talk: “JP Taravella High School Students Win First at Business Competition in New York”

TeaTreat Box Co. from JP Taravella High School took home first-place in the Human Resources Competition. Twelve students and three chaperones made it to New York City from Coral Springs, Florida, to participate in the 2018 Youth Business Summit thanks to … Continue reading

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23ABC News: “BHS virtual business plan team takes first place”

For the first time in VE history, California-based teams have taken home first-place in the National Business Plan Competition for three consecutive years — the two most recent wins accomplished by Bakersfield High School. 23ABC’s Alyssa Flores covered the achievement in … Continue reading

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SI Live: “In Class: Staten Island students brighten up for color run fundraiser”

The 8th-graders running the VE firm Dough Re Mi will show you that it’s never too early to learn entrepreneurial skills. The company sells an array of baked goods while being conscious of different diets by including nut-free and gluten-free products. … Continue reading

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Bakersfield Now: “BHS Students return from NYC winners of international business competition”

Fox’s Eyewitness News segment covered a warm welcome home for the 2018 National Business Plan Competition winners, Anomalous, a VE firm “focused on fighting local food waste one juice at a time.” Read the article here: “BHS Students return from … Continue reading

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Inc: “Why 4,300 Teenage Entrepreneurs Are About to Descend on New York”

In the next few days, New York City will be welcoming thousands of teenage entrepreneurs for the 2018 Youth Business Summit. Wanda Thibodeaux wrote about the YBS, “one of the largest business exhibitions in the United States,” in her Inc.com … Continue reading

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2017-18 Social Media Contest Winners

2018 Los Angeles Conference and Exhibition World on a Plate, Banning High School  A group of chefs and entrepreneurs walk into an exhibition… and take home the gold! Congratulations to Banning’s MATCH academy business, World on a Plate, for winning … Continue reading

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Oneida Daily Dispatch: “Canastota high school business class teaches Morrisville College students, faculty”

VE firm TECRAID recently took a trip to Morrisville State College to present their company to the college’s students and professors, as reported by Andrew Aurigema of the Oneida Daily Dispatch.   “‘We’re given our own aspect to the business … Continue reading

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Hoy Los Angeles: “Todo un mundo empresarial en el aula; la tecnología ayuda a estudiantes a abrir sus negocios”

  Selene Rivera of Hoy Los Angeles gave an inside scoop on the California-based VE dessert firm, Scoopalicious. Rivera highlights the real-world business skills VE students are learning in the classroom, and how there is a role for every student and every … Continue reading

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March Social Media Highlights

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 and the National Website Competition. If you want to be … Continue reading

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Pasadena Now: “Students Learn the Tricks of Many ‘Virtual’ Trades at Virtual Enterprises International Conference in Pasadena”

Pasadena Now covered the 2018 Los Angeles Conference and Exhibition at the Pasadena Convention Center, which took place in February. There were 1,300 students in attendance, trading with fellow VE employees and firms and participating in numerous competitions. Nick Chapman commented … Continue reading

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2018 Winning Women Leadership Conference

Contributed By: Gina Pol, NYC Program Coordinator On Thursday, March 8th forty-one high school student executives gathered together for the Winning Women Leadership Conference. Winning Women is VE’s Female Leadership Conference Series designed to support and prepare high-potential VE female … Continue reading

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2018 National Business Plan Competition Finalists

The following 28 teams have qualified for the 2018 National Business Plan Competition, taking place during the 2018 Youth Business Summit on April 16, 2018 at Microsoft Technology Center. This event is the most prestigious and rigorous annual business plan … Continue reading

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2018 Virginia Conference & Exhibition Recap

March 6, 2018 Advanced Technology Center, Tidewater Community College Virginia Beach, VA Key Stats 248 total attendees 14 schools 16 firms 198 students Competition Results Results for the top teams at this event’s competitions can be found at the Competitions … Continue reading

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Rise and Grind: Parkway West High School Students Take Their VE Experience to the Next Level

On March 7, 2018, Parkway High School in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted the VE spring networking event entitled: “Rise and Grind: Taking your VE Experience to the Next Level.” The event was put together by VE firms, Global Goodies VE and VIVID+, with … Continue reading

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Voice of America: “Students Learn Real Skills, Earn Simulated Profits”

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 … Continue reading

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2018 Los Angeles Conference and Exhibition Recap

February 13, 2018 Pasadena Convention Center Los Angeles, California Key Stats 2,300 total attendees 49 schools 74 firms 1,300 students 70 volunteers Competition Results Results for the top teams at this event’s competitions can be found at the Competitions Results … Continue reading

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NGPF Podcast: “Tim Talks to Alan Gersten, Developer of Entrepreneurial Talent at Century High School”

California-based VE coordinator Alan Gersten was interviewed by Tim Ranzetta of Next Gen Personal Finance about what it’s like to facilitate a VE firm. From daycare, to marriage licenses, to resigning jobs, Gersten’s VE students get the full real-life experience … Continue reading

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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). … Continue reading

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2018 Great Lakes Conference and Exhibition Recap

Friday, February 2, 2018 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Chicago, IL Key Stats 860 Total Attendees 39 Schools 60 Firms 800 Students 30 Volunteers Competition Results Results for top teams in Advanced Website, Basic Website, Best Booth, Impact Marketing, Marketing … Continue reading

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Pasadena Star-News: “Local students showcase fake businesses for prizes at trade show”

Kevin Smith of Pasadena Star-News provides an inside look at the 2018 Los Angeles Area Conference & Exhibition. He interviewed chief executives from the VE firms, Drone Vision from La Mirada High School and Podz from South Pasadena High School, to … Continue reading

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2018 Florida Business Plan Competition Recap

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Nova Southeastern University Ft. Lauderdale, FL Business Plan Competition Results 1st Place – TropiCoffee, Cooper City High School 2nd Place – New Wave Travel, Clearwater High School 3rd Place – Live Wild, Cooper City High School … Continue reading

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2018 California State Conference and Exhibition Recap

January 17-18, 2018 Bakersfield, CA Key Stats 1,675 total attendees 50 schools 68 firms 14 Trade Show competitions and State Business Plan competition Competition Results Results for top teams in Business Plan, Company Sales Presentation, Marketing Plan, Human Resources, The … Continue reading

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January 2018 Social Media Highlights

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 and the National Website Competition. If you want to be … Continue reading

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Around the World in 28 Days: 2018 International Trade Month

February 2018 marks the second annual International Trade Month. During this month, VE students are encouraged to buy and sell with some of the 7,500 practice enterprise firms in more than 40 countries. This is an excellent opportunity for students … Continue reading

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2018 Long Island Conference and Exhibition Recap

January 8-9, 2018 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, New York Key Stats 63 schools 87 firms 10 competitions, including Business Plan Competition Results Results for top teams in Company Branding, Company Newsletter, E-Commerce Website, Employee Handbook, Sales Materials, Video Commercial, Booth Design, Salesmanship, and Impact Marketing can be found … Continue reading

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WGN Radio: “These Entrepreneurs are Banking on a Virtual Business Future”

WGN Radio’s Steve Grzanich discussed the upcoming Great Lakes Conference & Exhibition and more with Nick Chapman, VE’s President and National Program Director, on The Opening Bell. Interview Highlights Mr. Chapman spoke about what makes VE different from typical business or computer … Continue reading

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2018 NJ/PA Business Expo and Business Plan Competition Recap

January 18, 2018 Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus Madison, New Jersey Key Stats 200+ total attendees 11 schools 11 firms 4 competitions Competition Results Here are the winners of the Business Plan Competition: First Place: Unperplexed Solutions, The Academy for … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Newsday: “High schoolers submit winning business plans”

  Michael R. Ebert of Newsday wrote about the VE Long Island Regional Conference & Exhibition that took place earlier this month. The event brought in over 1,000 students from 65 high schools. Read the full story by following this … Continue reading

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2018 New York Citywide Business Plan Competition Recap

VE firm The Vision Media posted a recap of the 2018 New York Citywide Business Plan Competition that took place on January 10, 2018. The article was submitted to them by VE’s NYC Regional Director, Paul Presti. All the participants … Continue reading

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The Sumter Item: “Class Transforms School Into Workplace”

C. Wood & Associates, a VE firm from Crestwood High School in South Carolina, was featured in an article by a local news publication last Sunday. Students had participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, put on by the Greater … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Long Island Herald: “Teens in West Hempstead take ownership”

Nakeem Grant of the Long Island Herald covered the preparation of the 2018 Long Island Regional Conference and Exhibition taking place on January 4th and 5th at Farmingdale State College. The article covered the West Hempstead High School’s two VE … Continue reading

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23ABC News: “Virtual Enterprises Conference and Exhibition Held at Rabobank”

23ABC News featured the 2018 California State Conference and Exhibition in an article published online: “Students from all over California are participating in a two-day conference and exhibition in downtown Bakersfield. There are 1500 students competing in the Virtual Enterprises … Continue reading

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The Royal Gazette: “CedarBridge Prepares Students for Work”

Bermuda’s CedarBridge Academy has introduced a new series of courses designed to prepare students for their future careers, one of which is VE. The school states that these courses have added to the rigors and richness of their students’ education. … Continue reading

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2017 Illinois Business Plan Competition Recap

On Friday, December 8, 2017, eighteen VE firms competed in the 2017 Illinois Business Plan Competition held at Northern Illinois University-DeKalb Campus. The following six firms advanced to the final round: Clever Contraptions, St. Charles East High School Core, Timothy … Continue reading

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2017 Illinois Student Leadership Conference Recap

Article submitted by Maddie Schaafsma, CMO of Core, Inc., Timothy Christian High School On Thursday, October 5, the average person walking into Northern Illinois University’s Naperville campus would have seen hundreds of teenagers gathered together and talking. These teenagers were … Continue reading

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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. Like and share the video below!

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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. Like and share the video below!

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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 … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Daily Herald: “Cary-Grove students headed to national business competition”

The article features VE students from Cary-Grove High School’s VE firm, Wavelength, who will be traveling to New York City to compete in the 2018 Youth Business Summit. The feature covers how the students prepared for the 2017 Great Lakes … Continue reading

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2017 San Diego Conference and Exhibition Recap

December 4, 2017 Jacobs Center San Diego, California Key Stats 950 total attendees 34 schools 45 firms 6 competitions Competition Results Results for top teams in Company Branding, Sales Materials, Video Commercial, E-Commerce Website, Creative & Novice Booth, Salesmanship, and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Island Now: “Floral Park, Elmont teach business skills through Virtual Enterprises course”

“The class really helped me grow a lot as a person,” Jose Barcia, VE Alumnus, said, “At the beginning of the year, I fooled around but by the end, I was a completely different person.” Barcia also mentioned that at … Continue reading

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2017 Southern Regional Conference and Exhibition Recap

November 20-21, 2017 LeConte Event Center Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Key Stats 1,617 total attendees 72 schools 92 firms 13 competitions (including Business Plan) 7 states (Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee) Competition Results Southern Regional Business … Continue reading

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Florida High School VE Students Mentor Middle School VE-JV Students

Ramblewood Middle School’s VE-JV students visited JP Taravella High School’s VE firm, Tea Treat Box Co. on November 17 to learn more about the VE program from their older counterparts. “My VEI students and I LOVED having Ramblewood’s VE-JV students … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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EdWeek Teacher Blog Cites VE as an Effective Project-Based Learning Experience

“The real world skills that VE promotes for students are essential for modern learning.” Education Week Teacher recently published an article on their website about how VE effectively helps students learn real-world skills in a hands-on, applicable way. It features West Hempstead … Continue reading

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2017 Fall Executive Conference: “Authenticity and Empathy”

This year’s Fall Executive Conference took place at Deloitte’s National Office on Wednesday, November 8. Thirty-five VE Executives from twenty-nine New York City high schools enjoyed the view of the city’s skyline from the building’s 42nd floor while participating in … Continue reading

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VE Open House Photo Gallery: Basix from Centennial High School in California

“The Basix employees sold to over 150 customers at their Open House and we are hoping to reach our sales goal of $200,000! Overall the Open House was very successful. I am so proud of our VE students for all … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Students Brandon Prenz (l.) and Entasa Chowdhury (r.) in class at the Academy of Finance and Enterprise. (DEBBIE EGAN-CHIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

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

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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September 2017 Showcase: Teamwork makes the dream work

A main feature of the VE experience is “Assuming the Role” which means students interview for departments, such as Finance and Marketing, and roles, such as CEO, VP, and Associate. Below are some clips from VE’s social media world to … Continue reading

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VE Program Featured as a Noteworthy Practice in New Report from the U.S. Department of Education

A new U.S. Department of Education report from the National Center for Innovation in Career & Technical Education (CTE) outlines the opportunities, challenges, instructional approaches, and noteworthy practices of U.S.-based simulated work-based learning (WBL) programs. The report cites how VE serves … Continue reading

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Key Insights from 2016-17 Store Manager Data

VE’s Store Manager lets students and firms easily buy and sell products through e-commerce websites. This gives VE firms a chance to learn how to do business like a real-world business, which is what VE is all about. After logging … Continue reading

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Reserve Your Seat for the Ultimate Webinar on Business Writing Skills

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10 AM EST/7 AM PST VEI is excited to announce a free webinar in partnership with award-winning author and speaker Danny Rubin. Danny is an award-winning author on business communication skills and will show us simple … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Korean Educators Learn About the VE Approach to Career Readiness

A post shared by #veinternational (@veinternational) on Aug 25, 2017 at 11:00am PDT On August 25, 2017, the VEI National Office welcomed fifteen educators from Seoul, South Korea as part of the Empathy SEEDS Tour, a United States study tour … Continue reading

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Partnership Case Study: VE California and Doing What Matters

Doing What Matters is program of California Community Colleges that aims to turn community colleges into essential catalysts for California’s economic recovery and job creation at the local, regional, and state levels. The program focuses on ten priority sectors, including … Continue reading

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“Taking care of business” | West Newsmagazine

  Last year, 48 high school students from two Parkway schools participated in a pilot experiential learning program that was a resounding success…Thanks to West High’s business teacher Emanuel Young, it came to Parkway South and West high schools during … Continue reading

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5 Essential Questions for Students Starting VE

When you attend your VE class, you’re walking into an office to become a young business professional. For students who are starting VE for the first time, the beginning of the school year marks the beginning of this transformation and … Continue reading

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VE Teachers Collaborate, Learn, and Network at 2017 National Teachers Conference

During the week of July 10th, 2017, over 130 teachers from across the U.S. gathered together at LIU Post to share advice, discuss the future of work, and learn the essentials of facilitating a VE class at the third annual National Teachers Conference. Continue reading

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Berkeley students discover world of business | The Royal Gazette : Bermuda Education

Bermuda’s Virtual Enterprises International programme has been taking Berkeley Institute students out of the classroom and into the world of business. And their efforts have led to scholarships overseas worth thousands of dollars. Source: Berkeley students discover world of business … Continue reading

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North’s Virtual Enterprise Students Earn Full College Scholarships

Three of Valley Stream North High School’s Virtual Enterprise students have received full tuition scholarships to LIU Post and will be attending this fall. Congratulations to seniors Dylan Baldessare, Danny Keane and Justin Romano for this outstanding accomplishment, which is … Continue reading

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Virtual Enterprise International Trade Shows – Small Business Sector

More than 1,200 students attended each event. The trade shows were held at the Pasadena and Oakland convention centers and set up to mimic the real thing with groups of students occupying booths and presenting their ideas and business plans … Continue reading

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EDUCATION ROUNDUP: BHS still buzzing over Bumble’s business prize | bakersfield.com

The Bakersfield High School team that took part in an international business competition in New York last week didn’t merely win a first-place prize, the students may also have brought Source: EDUCATION ROUNDUP: BHS still buzzing over Bumble’s business prize … Continue reading

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NYC VE Students Stand Behind Governor Cuomo Signing Historic $25.8 Billion Educational Investment

The new legislation boosts education aid by $1.1 billion, including a $700 million increase in Foundation Aid. Source: Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Investing Record $25.8 Billion in High-Quality Education Across New York | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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Virtual Enterprise students visit New York City | www.personcountylife.com | Courier Times

High School Virtual Enterprise students attended the Youth Business Summit in New York City on April 3 – 6, hosted by the National Virtual Enterprise office,Virtual Enterprise teacher Tara Hubbard said the summit “allowed 4,300 students from over 40 countries … Continue reading

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Virtual business; real experience | Bakersfield Life | bakersfield.com

The CrossFit-affiliated workout facility and healthy meal provider’s sales topped off at $18,000 – well short of its monthly goal. After redirecting its focus on marketing, the Bakersfield-based business bounced back and made $80,000 in March. Source: Virtual business; real … Continue reading

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Hewlett High’s virtual enterprise team finishes fifth | Herald Community Newspapers | liherald.com

ROC Security, a virtual enterprise firm run by Hewlett High School seniors that “sells” residential, online, commercial and personal security products took fifth place at the 2017 Virtual Enterprise International Youth Business Summit in Manhattan from April 3-5. Source: Hewlett … Continue reading

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Greer HS Virtual Enterprise Class gets top finish in the country, Hannon and Henderson win Gold in Salesmanship | GreerToday.com

The Greer High School Virtual Enterprise Class finished in a top group of 28 in the Business Plan Competition at the 2017 Virtual Enterprise Youth Business Summit in New York City.Greer was among 400 schools from 16 states to compete … Continue reading

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Celebrating 2017 National Volunteer Week

From serving as competition judges, to providing marketing advice, to making connections to real-world professionals and opportunities, volunteers play hundreds of different roles in order to help transform VE students into business professionals. In honor of the 2017 National Volunteer … Continue reading

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2017 Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference and Trade Show Recap

On March 26-27, 2017, a total of 60 schools came together to participate in the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference and Trade Show in Oakland, California. Key Stats 1200 total attendees 60 schools 79 firms 1112 students 98 volunteers 8 Trade Show competitions … Continue reading

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2017 Youth Business Summit Recap

Thank you to the 4,300 attendees who joined us for an amazing three days. Competition Results Find competition results for National Business Plan Competition, National Human Resources Competition, National Marketing Competition, Global Business Challenge, Booth Competition, Salesmanship Competition, Sales Materials … Continue reading

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Virtually Professional | Manhattan, New York, NY | Local News

At first glance, the trade show last week at Pier 92 on the West Side looked just like any of the dozens of other conventions held in Manhattan each year. Thousands of conventioneers hailing from 10 countries navigated row upon … Continue reading

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From Simulation to Startup: VE Venture Challenge

The VE experience creates an entrepreneurial mindset and allows business thinking to flourish in the classroom. As a result, many students develop innovative ideas for real businesses during their time in VE. Through the new Venture Challenge, VE provides budding … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurial high schoolers give their best business pitch in competition | California Economy, California Economic Summit

Event instills students with skills to start up small businesses Source: Entrepreneurial high schoolers give their best business pitch in competition | California Economy, California Economic Summit

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Trade Show Recap

On Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 10 schools participated in the Mid-Atlantic Trade Show at the Advanced Technology Center, Tidewater Community College. Key Stats 220 total attendees 10 Schools 13 Firms 190 Students Special thanks to the following volunteers: Daniel Girouard, Daniel Baxter, … Continue reading

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2017 California Business Plan Competition Recap

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, California held their State Business Plan Competition Finals. Eighty-one companies participated in the first two preliminary rounds during mid-December 2016. Forty-two companies participated in the third round on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 and sixteen companies … Continue reading

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2017 Florida Business Plan Competition Recap

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the second annual Florida Business Plan Competition was held at the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and drew more than 100 people interested in transforming … Continue reading

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2017 California Trade Show Recap

On January 18th and 19th, a total of 52 schools participated in the California Trade Show in Bakersfield, California. Key Stats 1,650 total attendees 52 Schools 75 Firms 1,400 Students 250 Volunteers 19 Trade show competitions Competitions Results for top teams in … Continue reading

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2017 North Carolina Trade Show Recap

  On March 17th, 200 VE students came together to participate in the North Carolina Trade Show at Granville Central High School in Stem, NC Key Stats 400 total attendees 6 Schools 11 Firms 200 Students 10 Volunteers 2 Trade show … Continue reading

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Bakersfield High business students earn national title for their work | KERN-AM

A group of Bakersfield High School students has earned some major praise for its business planning chops during a national competition this week in New York City.Dubbed “Bumble,” Bakersfield High’s Virtual Enterprise team won the national competition for business planning … Continue reading

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Virtual Enterprise achieves sweeping success at final trade show competition of the year – Tiger Newspaper

Varsity and JV Virtual Business teams swept up thirteen accolades at a two-day trade show competition in Oakland California, marking the Virtual… Source: Virtual Enterprise achieves sweeping success at final trade show competition of the year

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Southold, Mattituck students hone business skills in virtual course | Suffolk Times

At just 17 years old, Michael Christman is the chief executive officer of Advanced Performance Athletics.In a company that sells computerized soccer balls and basketballs, as well as training clothing, all of the employees and administrators are near Mr. Christman’s … Continue reading

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Yahoo Finance – American Portfolios Financial Services Hosts 2017 Virtual Enterprises International Business Plan Competition

Source: American Portfolios Financial Services Hosts 2017 Virtual Enterprises International Business Plan Competition

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American Portfolios Financial Services Hosts 2017 Virtual Enterprises International Business Plan Competition

HOLBROOK, NY–(Marketwired – March 15, 2017) – American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (APFS), a privately-held, independent broker/dealer that services financial advisors across the country, hosted the finals for the seventh annual Long Island Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) Business Plan Competition … Continue reading

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Winning Women Joins Together Students and Professionals at NBCUniversal

Winning Women is Virtual Enterprises’ first-ever Female Leadership Conference Series designed to support and prepare high-potential VE female students for future success. This conference which took place on March 3 was the second in a series hosted by NBCUniversal, and … Continue reading

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Westhampton Beach Business Students Soar To Nationals – Westhampton, NY Patch

These kids have bright futures in store! Source: Westhampton Beach Business Students Soar To Nationals – Westhampton, NY Patch

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2017 Long Island Business Plan Competition Finals

The Long Island VE firms that will move on to the National Business Plan Competition in New York City on April 3rd at Microsoft Technology Center are: Flip Chip, Syosset High School Poseidon Pure, Sanford H. Calhoun High School ROC Security, G.W. … Continue reading

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Pathfinder : SPIRE students draw national attention

Twenty-seven high school business students launched SPIRE, a digital marketing and creative services firm, which runs out of room 2312 through an international program called Virtual Enterprise International (VEI). “In Virtual Enterprise we actually run a virtual business. We create … Continue reading

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2017 Los Angeles Trade Show Recap

On Monday, February 13, 2017, 72 VE firms and 1,200 attendees participated in the Los Angeles Area Trade Show. Key Stats 1200 total attendees 59 Schools 72 Firms 1,050 Students 45 Volunteers Special thanks to: Volunteers: OpenX, SCORE, Spin PR, … Continue reading

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2016 Northeast Trade Show Recap

On December 9, 2016, nine firms gathered for the 2016 Northeast Trade Show. Key Stats 212 total attendees 7 schools 9 firms 8 competitions Competitions Results for top teams in the Best Booth, Business Plan Competition, Company Newsletter, Human Resources Employee Manual, … Continue reading

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2017 Long Island Trade Show Recap

On January 13 and January 17, 2017, a total of 72 firms gathered for the 2017 Long Island Trade Show. Congratulations to the students in the 72 LI VE firms that participated the Long Island Business Plan Competition and Trade … Continue reading

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2017 Great Lakes Trade Show Recap

On Friday, February 3, 2017, 59 VE firms, including 800 students and facilitators from Illinois and Michigan traveled Chicago, IL for the Annual Great Lakes Trade Show. Key Stats 805 total attendees (740 students) 38 schools 59 firms 45 volunteers 14 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Virtual enterprise firm earns awards | Herald Community Newspapers | liherald.com

ROC Security, a virtual enterprise firm that sells residential, online, commercial and personal security products, started by Hewlett High School seniors, collected five awards and many accolades at the Long Island Trade Show in Farmingdale on Jan. 17. Source: Virtual … Continue reading

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Cary-Grove students to compete in virtual business contest – Chicago Daily Herald

A group of Cary-Grove High School students learning real-world business skills through a virtual entrepreneurship class will compete in a national competition this spring. Source: Cary-Grove students to compete in virtual business contest

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670 Students Attend 2016 Illinois Leadership Conference

On October 25, 2016, 33 Illinois VEI firms met at the Northern Illinois University-Naperville Campus to learn how to successfully run a VE firm. 670 VE employees had an opportunity to hear from keynote speakers Abhi Rajmane and Nic Zito … Continue reading

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Students gather in Bakersfield for Virtual Enterprise Trade Show and Business Plan Competition – 23ABC News

On Wednesday, January 16, 2017, about 1,500 students representing more than one hundred schools from around California will be in Bakersfield competing for a variety of honors during the Bakersfield Virtual Enterprise Trade Show and State Business Plan Competition. Source: … Continue reading

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2016 San Diego Trade Show Recap

On December 2, 2016, 750 attendees gathered together for the 2016 San Diego Trade Show. Key Stats 750 total attendees (700 students) 26 schools 39 firms 20 volunteers 6 competitions Competitions Results for top teams in Catalog or Menu, Creative … Continue reading

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Farmingdale State College Hosts H.S. Students’ Business Plan Competition – Farmingdale, NY Patch

More than 1,300 Long Island high school students, representing more than 70 schools, will showcase their “virtual businesses” at the 6th Annual Long Island Virtual Enterprises Business Plan Competition and Trade Show being held at Farmingdale State College, Friday, January … Continue reading

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2016 Illinois Business Plan Competition

On December 2, 2016, nineteen firms competed at the 2016 Illinois Business Plan Competition held at Northern Illinois University-DeKalb Campus. The competition consisted of firms submitting a written business plan for evaluation and an oral presentation to a panel of … Continue reading

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Virtual Enterprise students attend Midwest Trade Fair in Tennessee – Courier Times

Twenty-two Person High School Virtual Enterprise students traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on Nov. 19 for the Midwest Trade Fair.Tara Hubbard instructs Virtual Enterprise students on the skills and resources necessary to prepare them for business opportunities. Source: Virtual Enterprise … Continue reading

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Virtual Enterprise Students SWEEP State Business Plan Competition! – Granville County Public Schools

Source: Virtual Enterprise Students SWEEP State Business Plan Competition! – Granville County Public Schools

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Students Share Business Sense With Elementary School Class – Westhampton Patch

High school students have created a virtual reality business, the Westhampton Beach school district reported. Source: Students Share Business Sense With Elementary School Class

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Student Trade Show Competition Held in San Diego – MiraCosta College News

Over 700 ambitious students flocked to compete in California’s first ever, live Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) regional Trade Show competition. The event, sponsored by California Community Colleges – Doing What Matters Small Business (DSN) and HSBC, brought over 39 virtual … Continue reading

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2016 Midwest Trade Show Recap

On November 21, 2016, 1,400 attendees gathered together for the 2016 Midwest Trade Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Key Stats 1,400 total attendees (1,325 students) 77 schools 119 firms 16 volunteers – Special thanks to Bruce Hayes, Director of TSBDC … Continue reading

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Watch Top 10% Pitches from 2016 National Elevator Pitch Competition

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Virtual Enterprises International Room reopening at Academy of Finance and Enterprise, Queens | United Federation of Teachers

Students at the Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Long Island City, Queens, have something in common with Google: a computer lab with no walls. Source: Virtual Enterprises International Room reopening at Academy of Finance and Enterprise, Queens | United … Continue reading

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Business and Career Training in NYC Middle Schools – Education Update

Have you ever heard of a seventh grade student starting a business? It all started in the early 1990s when NYC superintendents looked to best practices at European high schools to see how school systems prepare students for the business … Continue reading

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New York City CEO Summit Hosted by Deloitte

Written By: Abril Peña, NYC VE Fellow On October 14th, 2016, NYC VE Chief Executive Officers gathered at 30 Rock for the annual CEO Summit, hosted by Deloitte & Touche LLP. This event is designed to expose the CEOs of … Continue reading

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New ‘Virtual’ Business Programme At Berkeley – Bernews.com : Bernews.com

The Berkeley Institute has implemented a Virtual Enterprise International [VEI] programme in their business department, using the experiential learning technique to introduce students to the world of business across a multi-disciplinary agenda.Students in the VEI class actually develop a business with all … Continue reading

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Watch Top 10% Pitches from the 2015 National Elevator Pitch Competition

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Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School in Los Angeles Launches VE-Junior Ventures Career Academy

Teri Jones, VEI Southern California Regional Director, and Eric Yu, VE-Junior Ventures Career Academy (VE-JV) Instructor, welcome students and special guests to the opening of a VE-JV Career Academy in Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School (Los Angeles, CA). The students start the … Continue reading

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Taking a bite out of success on Instagram | Herald Community Newspapers | liherald.com

“I think the virtual enterprise program is one of the most valuable things I got out of high school,” Fisher said. Source: Taking a bite out of success on Instagram | Herald Community Newspapers | liherald.com

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LHS welcomes students back to school | Local | hanfordsentinel.com

Alma is taking advantage of the school’s business classes and is enrolled in Virtual Enterprises, a class that simulates a business environment and assigns students different roles in a business like a financial officer or a CEO. Source: LHS welcomes … Continue reading

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2016 California Trade Show and Business Plan Competition Recap

On January 14-15, 2016, 1,500 of students representing 100 schools from around California attended the Rabobank Convention Center and Marriott Hotel for the Bakersfield Trade Show and State Business Plan Competition. During the Trade Show, students tested their salesmanship and … Continue reading

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Teachers Become the Students at 2016 National Teachers Conference

From July 11-14, 2016, more than 140 new and returning VE teachers gathered together at LIU Post for the second annual National Teachers Conference. These four days offered collaborative professional development, workshops, presentations, networking opportunities, a bus tour of New … Continue reading

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The business class where high school students are running the company | PBS NewsHour

A 20-year-old entrepreneur credits a high school business class with giving him the skills and drive to start his own company. Source: The business class where high school students are running the company | PBS NewsHour

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2016 Gala – Student Stories from VE’s Past, Present, and Future

On April 19, 2016, VEI celebrated its 20th anniversary at its fourth annual Gala, an event that drew 375 leaders from education and business who gathered to see and support the future of business. Several current and former VEI students … Continue reading

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Deloitte Celebrates Impact on VE Students

On June 10, 2016, Deloitte volunteers celebrated Impact Day in New York City by connecting with Brooklyn’s Sweet N Savory Catering and Avant-Garde Furnishings of Fort Hamilton High School and Tech-Nique (an Imagination, Inc company) from High School of Arts, … Continue reading

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2016 Great Lakes Trade Show Recap

On February 5th, 2016, over 450 students, staff, judges, and guests from Michigan and Illinois attended the second annual Great Lakes Trade Show at the Double Tree by Hilton in Holland, Michigan.  Student employees from 48 firms gathered to promote and … Continue reading

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70 Schools Attend the 12th Annual Bay Area Trade Show

The atmosphere was electric at the 12th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference and Trade Show, March 4-5, 2016 at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California! The event attracted more than 1,300 VEI students, teachers, industry professionals, and … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship Students Pitch Plans for Bosch eBikes

On Tuesday May 24th, 2016, 40 Entrepreneurship students in teams of five participated in the first-ever New York City Global Enterprise Challenge hosted at Microsoft. Inspired by the Practice Enterprise Business Challenge held in Karlsruhe, Germany, students were given two hours to … Continue reading

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VE Executives Share Year-End Reflections

On Friday May 27th, 2016, executives from VE New York City firms came together at Mercy College to recap on the year’s progress for their firms. The day started with our first guest speaker, VE alumnus and recent Mercy College … Continue reading

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2016 Michigan School Visits

In May 2016, National Program Director Nick Chapman visited the following VE firms and schools in Michigan: The Block, Affinity One, and Sparks (Cousino HS), Synergy (Genesee Area Skill Center), Adventure Time and Arctic Apparel (Pinckney HS), Dexacorp (Lakeland HS), and … Continue reading

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Featured Alumni: Suveer Seemangal

Suveer Seemangal Founder and CEO of BluBase Consulting Class of 2014 Queens Vocational and Technical High School New York, New York Can you briefly describe what you do in your current role? I am currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) … Continue reading

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Rising VE Seniors, Apply Now for the LIU Summer Honors Institute

This summer, rising high school seniors can pursue their passion and get a taste of college life at LIU Post’s residential campus in New York. The Summer Honors Institute at LIU will give students the chance to immerse themselves in … Continue reading

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This 13-year-old CEO is ready to be your boss – Yahoo Finance

A non-profit called Virtual Enterprises is helping middle schoolers prepare for the business world. Source: This 13-year-old CEO is ready to be your boss – Yahoo Finance

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Students Learn About Business by Running One – Black Enterprise

Virtual Enterprises International brings students and business together. Learn what students across the country are discovering about entrepreneurship. Source: Students Learn About Business by Running One

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Teaching Entrepreneurship To The Next Generation Of Business Leaders – Forbes

Over 3000 international students showed up at the 2016 Virtual Enterprises International Summit in New York City on April 19. Students, in radiant and colorful attire representing 175 simulated companies, turned the hall at the 69th Regiment Armory into a robust … Continue reading

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Taravella Seniors Take on New York for Youth Business Summit – Tamarac Talk

Students from JP Taravella travelled to New York to participate in a three-day event event which allowed them to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and diverse talents in entrepreneurship, communications, computer technology, and global business management. Source: Taravella Seniors Take on … Continue reading

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Greer students lead world-class virtual business – GreenvilleOnline

Teens take care of business against world-class competition Source: Greer students lead world-class virtual business

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2016 National Business Plan Competition – Top 6 Team Presentations

View the business plan presentations for the top 6 teams from the 2016 National Business Plan Competition. View a full recap of the event here. 1st Place AquaTerra Westhampton Beach HS, New York 2nd Place Brooklyn’s Sweet ‘N Savory Catering … Continue reading

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Westhampton Beach High School Teams Earn Top Honors In National Business Competition – Westhampton Beach – 27east

Three teams of Westhampton Beach High School students took home honors at a national business competition earlier this month, with Source: Westhampton Beach High School Teams Earn Top Honors In National Business Competition – Westhampton Beach – 27east

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2016 National Business Plan Competition Recap

On April 17, 2016, some of the best and brightest student leaders and budding entrepreneurs in the country gathered together to compete for the top spot at the National Business Plan Competition, sponsored by HSBC. Teams representing 28 VE companies … Continue reading

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2016 National Human Resources Competition Recap

On April 17, 2016, the inaugural National Human Resources Competition (NHRC) provided an opportunity for teams of 1-2 HR employees from VE companies to deliver oral presentations to inform judges of their HR policies and practices as they relate to … Continue reading

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2016 Global Business Challenge Recap

On April 18, 2016, 300 students from 8 countries went from strangers to colleagues in one of the world’s most amazing events for business students. Students were tasked with reviewing a business case study about Sony’s Playstation 4. The teams … Continue reading

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2016 International Trade Show Recap

On April 19, 2016, more than 3,000 students, educators, business leaders, and industry professionals gathered together for the largest exhibition of practice businesses in the United States and the grand finale of the Youth Business Summit. Every industry from entertainment, to … Continue reading

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American Portfolios Financial Services CEO Lon T. Dolber to Be Honored at Virtual Enterprises International 20th Annual Gala

HOLBROOK, NY–(Marketwired – April 15, 2016) – Lon T. Dolber, CEO, CIO and president of American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (APFS), a privately-held, independent broker/dealer that serves financial advisors across the country, will be honored at Virtual Enterprises International’s (VEI) … Continue reading

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Featured Alumni: Tanner Force

Tanner Force Founder of Trinity River Consulting, LLC Class of 2014 Murrieta Valley High School Murrieta, California Can you briefly describe what you do in your current roles?  I currently work with two software development companies assisting with both creation … Continue reading

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Education Buzz for Sunday, March 13 | Fresno Bee

Two thousand backpacks will be provided to Fresno County students experiencing homelessness, according to the Fresno County Office of Education. Source: Education Buzz for Sunday, March 13 | Fresno Bee

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Featured Alumni: Jaronie Samnang

Jaronie Samnang  Entrepreneur and Assistant Branch Manager at Hertz Class of 2010 Roosevelt High School Fresno, California  Can you briefly describe what you do in your current role? My full-time job is as an Assistant Branch Manager at Hertz. Here, I … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Featured Alumni: Lana Koretsky

Lana Koretsky Senior Consultant, Human Capital, Deloitte Class of 2005 Edward R. Murrow High School Brooklyn, New York Can you briefly describe what you do in your current role? I am a Senior Consultant within Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital practice. … Continue reading

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Featured Alumni: Robert Lenahan

Robert Lenahan Founder of Hospital Heroes, LLC. Class of 2013 William Floyd High School Queens Village, New York What do you currently do? I’m currently a junior at Molloy College, pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in … Continue reading

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Featured Alumni: Aleeta Benito

Aleeta Benito Class of 2001 Van Buren High School Queens Village, New York Briefly describe what you do in your current job role. I’m a CPA and currently an Audit Manager at EisnerAmper LLP in New York City, one of … Continue reading

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2016 New York Citywide Business Plan Competition Recap

On January 14th, 2016, 24 Virtual Enterprise firms, representing each of the five boroughs, braced the early morning cold fronts to attend the New York Citywide Business Plan Competition, hosted at the United Federation of Teachers. Each firm had 10 minutes … Continue reading

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VEI Partnering with TIAA-CREF to Bring VE to Missouri

VEI and TIAA-CREF are partnering together to launch a VE program in a St. Louis metro area high school by 2016-17. TIAA-CREF is a Fortune 100 financial services organization and a leading retirement provider for people who work in the academic, research, … Continue reading

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23 Teams Participate in Largest Illinois Business Plan Competition Yet

On Friday, December 4 at Northern Illinois University-DeKalb Campus, twenty-three VEI Illinois firms competed in the 2015 Illinois Business Plan Competition. Despite an increase in the number of competing teams, Underwrapz finished in the top spot for the third year … Continue reading

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2015 Midwest Trade Show

From November 22-23, more than 100 VEI firms from Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, New York City, South Carolina, and Tennessee gathered in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for the first Trade Show of the 2015-16 school year. A Collection on Twitter Check … Continue reading

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NYC Students Pair with Ad Agencies to Stop Bullying

On October 1st, 2015, the Advertising Futures Competition, a much-anticipated event of Advertising Week (the largest and most prestigious annual gathering of advertising and media industry leaders in North America) took place at Microsoft in New York City. The Competition … Continue reading

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40 NYC Student Executives Attend 2015 Fall Executive Conference

On Tuesday, October 13th, 40 VEI student executives representing different firms from the five boroughs of New York City attended the 2015 Fall Executive Conference hosted by ACORD/InVest/St. John’s University. The event enabled VEI NYC students to learn about the … Continue reading

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2015 South Carolina Trade Show Recap

On Monday, February 9, 2014, 22 VEI firms attended Myrtle Beach for the bustling 2015 South Carolina Trade Show and 14 teams participated in the Southern Business Plan Competition. Southern Regional Director Christine Haff said of the event, “For the first time … Continue reading

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2015 Long Island Business Plan Competition and Trade Show Recap

On Friday, January 16, 2015, 34 VEI firms attended Farmingdale State College for the bustling 2015 Long Island Trade Show and 30 teams participated in the first round of the Long Island Business Plan Competition. Business Plan Competition Results Following … Continue reading

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2015 New York Citywide Business Plan Competition

Situated at the United Federation of Teachers headquarters, the annual VEI New York Citywide Business Plan Competition gave twenty firms the opportunity to distinguish themselves as top VEI firms in the region. On the morning of January 15, students and … Continue reading

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2014 Northeast Trade Show Recap

The 2014 Northeast Trade Show and Business Plan Competition took place on December 12, 2014 at the University of Rochester, bringing together VEI firms and students from around upstate New York. EnviroScentals from Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore, NY … Continue reading

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2014 California International Trade Show and Business Plan Competition Recap

2,100 high school students representing 100 schools throughout California and New York attended the 2014 California International Trade Show held in Bakersfield on December 2-3, 2014. In addition to the Trade Show, VEI firms from California also participated in the 11th … Continue reading

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2014 Midwest Trade Show Recap

Listed below are results from the Tennessee Business Plan Competition, results from Midwest Trade Show competitions such as Best Business Card, Best Brochure, and Best Commercial, tweets from the event, and news coverage. TN Business Plan Competition Results Photos of … Continue reading

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NYC VEI Firm Opens Real In-School Store

In the spring of 2014, CTE Visual Merchandising and Business Marketing teachers at the High School of Fashion Industries in New York City embarked upon a journey to transform their school store into a successful student-run business that could raise … Continue reading

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[Michigan] Student Leaders Learn How to Climb to the Top

On Wednesday, October 29th, more than 100 VEI student leaders attended a VEI Student Leadership Conference in Michigan. Students rotated through three sessions: a high ropes course and rock wall, a leadership session, and a department session. Students were grouped … Continue reading

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Students Deliver 30-Second Pitches, Meet Real-World Business Leaders at LIU Post

Think of what you usually accomplish in 30 seconds. Maybe it’s pouring a cup of coffee, or sending a quick email, or getting up from a chair and stretching. Would you be able to pitch a newly-created business to a … Continue reading

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[NYC] Students and Ad Pros Pitch Campaigns for Shelter Pet Adoption

On October 1, 2014, the Advertising Futures Competition, a much anticipated event of Advertising Week (the largest and most prestigious annual gathering of advertising and media industry leaders in North America) took place at Microsoft in New York City. The … Continue reading

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[California] When the VEI Student Becomes the VEI Teacher

VEI students are expected to “become the teacher” the moment they step foot into theclassroom-turned-office. Each student serves as a full-time employee of a nationally-operating virtual business, becoming active learners instead of passive listeners. They’re in charge of completing daily … Continue reading

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Viacom Partners with VEI to Launch its Mentoring Pilot, Unlimited Potential

Unlimited Potential (UP), a new mentoring initiative launched by Viacommunity–Viacom’s social responsibility umbrella–will provide promising high school students worldwide with the opportunity to gain exposure to the media industry. UP’s mission is to provide mentoring to high school students who … Continue reading

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McGraw-Hill Financial Funds Development of Credit-Rating Tool for VEI Firms

With funding from McGraw Hill Financial and guidance from its Standard & Poor’s division, VEI is developing a credit-rating tool that will enable student-run firms to assess the creditworthiness of their own businesses as well as that of prospective trading … Continue reading

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Bronx Community College Launches VEI Program for High School Students

This fall, Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) launched its first college-level program in partnership with Bronx Community College and College Now (an early-college City University of New York initiative). The program provides high school students who complete the one-year course with … Continue reading

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[Illinois] Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Marks New School Joining VEI

Maine East High School of Park Ridge, Illinois is a school that added one of the 52 new VEI firms for the 2014-15 school year. To officially celebrate the launch, students, teachers, and administrators held a ribbon-cutting ceremony. VEI interviewed … Continue reading

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[Tennessee] Meet the New Down to Earth, Inc.

Down to Earth, Inc. HCHS Virtual Enterprises International Check out the new Down To Earth, Inc. employees from Hardin County High School who were recently given recognition in a local newspaper: “As the new school year starts, the high school … Continue reading

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2015 National Website Competition Results

Put your keyboards down; the results for the 2015 National Website Competition are in! Throughout the months of January and February, active websites made and managed by VEI firms received ratings and constructive feedback from a pool of judges comprised … Continue reading

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2015 National Business Plan Competition Finalists

The following 24 teams have qualified for the 2015 National Business Plan Competition, taking place on April 14 at Microsoft. This event is the most prestigious and rigorous annual business plan competition for public high school students. It challenges VEI … Continue reading

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2015 Great Lakes Trade Show Recap

On February 20, 2015, 64 firms from Michigan and Illinois gathered together for the first-ever Great Lakes Trade Show and the third overall VEI Trade Show in the month of February. 690 students gathered at the Donald E Stephens Convention … Continue reading

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2015 Long Island Business Plan Competition Finals Recap

“[The event] was really impressive and unlike anything I have ever seen in education,” Brett Jeffares, Connetquot High School, Bohemia, NY On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, seven VEI firms from Long Island presented their business plans to a panel of … Continue reading

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Students Transformed into Young Professionals Speak at VEI’s 3rd Annual Gala

On April 15th, a crowd of over 400 supporters from the business and education communities packed Tribeca Rooftop to celebrate VEI’s efforts to drive the future of business and innovation. In the first part of the evening, VEI students from … Continue reading

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VEI Receives $1 Million Grant from New York Life Foundation

Grant Funds In-school Entrepreneurship and Business Program for Middle School Students Nationwide NEW YORK, April 16, 2015 — Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) announced that it will be expanding its efforts to create tomorrow’s business leaders and entrepreneurs by piloting a … Continue reading

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Apply Now for VEI Bootcamp: Create. Innovate. Startup.

Rising seniors, class of 2016: we invite you to apply for VEI Bootcamp: Create. Innovate. Startup. at LIU Post in Brookville, NY from July 12-17 for an exclusive, week-long business competition. 5 days. That is all the time you have to create, … Continue reading

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2015 Youth Business Summit Photo Gallery

                                                                                … Continue reading

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VEI Partners with General Assembly to Present “All Access Class”

VEI has partnered with General Assembly to present “All Access Class,” a free six-month trial of GA Front Row, an online library of streaming classes covering tech, business, and design topics needed to advance one’s career. General Assembly is an educational … Continue reading

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2015 National Business Plan Competition Finalist Presentations

All 24 finalists made phenomenal presentations after months of preparing and competing at local and state levels. Below are videos of the presentations from this year’s top 6 finalists. Life’s PURiTEA – 1st Place Byron Nelson HS, Trophy Club, TX Coordinator: … Continue reading

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2015 Long Beach Trade Show Recap

On February 12th, 2015, 64 different VEI firms from Central and Southern California attended the 7th Annual Long Beach Virtual Enterprise Trade Show at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. The event marked the largest VEI marketplace in Southern … Continue reading

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2015 San Diego Trade Show Recap

On April 10, 2015, more than 675 students, teachers, industry professionals, and other guests gathered at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center in San Diego, California for the 2015 San Diego Trade Show. 38 firms and 24 schools participated in the … Continue reading

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2015 Global Business Challenge Finalist Presentations

Watch the top three presentations from the 2015 Global Business Challenge. Team 12 – First Place (Co-Champion) Team Members Lucas Bahia, Escola de Formação Gerencial Sebrae EFG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Craig Hilson, Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, Chicago, Illinois Katharina Karcher, HLA … Continue reading

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2015 SF Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference and Trade Show

The 11th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference and Trade Show took place March 15-16, 2015 at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California. The event attracted more than 1,345 VEI students, teachers, industry professionals, and other guests, who … Continue reading

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40 New York City Students Recognized at the 2015 Spring Executive Conference Hosted by Barclays

On Tuesday, May 19th, 40 VEI student executives representing 38 different firms from New York City attended the 2015 Spring Executive Conference hosted by Barclays. The event allowed VEI students to highlight and share achievements from the year, reflect upon their … Continue reading

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2015 Mid-Atlantic Trade Show Recap

On March 18, 2015, 22 firms from Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee gathered together for the 12th Annual Mid-Atlantic Trade show at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. Rhonda Doak, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region, praised coordinators and students at … Continue reading

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VEI Business and Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference Hosted by LIU Post

VEI is excited to announce that we will be partnering once again with LIU Post to provide VEI students with an extraordinary opportunity to attend the VEI Business and Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference on October 7. Open to all New York … Continue reading

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A Look Back At Our Most Active Year Yet

  Explore the recaps from these Trade Shows below. Midwest Regional Trade Show California International Trade Show Northeast Regional Trade Show Long Island Regional Trade Show South Carolina Trade Show Long Beach Trade Show Great Lakes Trade Show SF Bay Area … Continue reading

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80 Teachers Gather for VEI’s First-Ever Summer Teachers’ Conference

Last week, 80 new and returning VEI teachers from California, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas attended LIU Post in Long Island, New York for our first-ever VEI Summer Teachers’ Conference. Over 70 schools were represented as … Continue reading

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Featured Firm: Life’s PURiTEA of Texas

Life’s PURiTEA of Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas took home 1st Place at the 2015 National Business Plan Competition. The organic tea company with a purpose represented a brand new school that joined VEI during the 2014-15 school year, serving … Continue reading

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Digital Risk Invests In The Entrepreneurs Of Tomorrow! – Yahoo Finance

MAITLAND, Fla., Oct. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Digital Risk, LLC, one of the largest independent providers of mortgage-related services committed to bringing safe mortgages to the future, is excited to support the entrepreneurs of tomorrow! On August 9, Digital Risk … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Imaginary Companies Teach U.S. Students How To Run A Business – Forbes

When Mahmoud Khedr was a senior at Manhattan Business Academy, a public high school nestled between city blocks in southern Manhattan, other students started going to him for advice. They wanted to know what to wear to interviews, how to … Continue reading

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In Europe, Fake Jobs Can Have Real Benefits – The New York Times

Training at pretend companies is being used to fight long-term unemployment, one of the most pressing problems to emerge from Europe’s long economic crisis. Source: In Europe, Fake Jobs Can Have Real Benefits – The New York Times

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Why is the New York Life Foundation Investing in Young Entrepreneurs? – Inside Philanthropy

The latest news of big foundation funding to create tomorrow’s workforce comes from Virtual Enterprises International (VEI), which is starting a VE Junior Ventures Career Academy for middle schoolers to immerse them in hands-on entrepreneurial and work-based learning experiences. The … Continue reading

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VEI Receives $1 Million Grant From New York Life Foundation | News | PND

Virtual Enterprises International has announced a four-year, $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation for a pilot program that aims to train tomorrow’s business leaders and entrepreneurs. Source: VEI Receives $1 Million Grant From New York Life Foundation | … Continue reading

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Education World: Grant Funds Middle School Entrepreneurship and Business Program

Virtual Enterprises International, a non-profit aiming to create young entrepreneurs and professionals through in-class learning programs, is providing a new learning opportunity for middle school students interested in entrepreneurship and business with its VE Junior Ventures Career Academy. Source: Education … Continue reading

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Supporting The Entrepreneurs Of Tomorrow: Introducing Our New Partnership With Virtual Enterprises International | MatchCraft | Premier Digital Marketing Platform

Here at MatchCraft, our entire team is focused on a single objective: helping today’s small businesses grow. And now we’re excited to be extending that mission to the small businesses of tomorrow. This week marks the start of a year-long … Continue reading

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High School Entrepreneurs Go High-Tech at LIU Post – Long Island University

More than 600 Long Island and New York City high school students convened at LIU Post yesterday for the Virtual Enterprises International Business and Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference to meet, network with, and learn from high-impact business leaders. Source: High School … Continue reading

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VEI Students Visit VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live

On June 12th, 2014, students from VEI’s T-Squared of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis HS (New York, NY) visited Time Square Studios at One Astor Plaza in New York City for a taping of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, a daily morning news … Continue reading

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JP MORGAN CHASE GRANT TO VIRTUAL ENTERPRISES INTERNATIONAL PROVIDES SKILLED HIGH SCHOOL INTERNS TO

NEW YORK, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — JP Morgan Chase today announced a$100,000 grant to Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) to fund paid summer internships for 40 high school juniors and seniors enrolled in VEI programs across New York City.   Many … Continue reading

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Australian Prime Minister Visits VEI Class

During a tour of Brooklyn’s P-TECH on June 11th, 2014, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited VEI’s Titan, Inc. P-TECH is a 9-14 high school model that provides an opportunity for students to earn a high school diploma and an Associate’s … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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JP Morgan Chase Grant to VEI Provides Skilled High School Interns to Local Businesses

40 New York City High School Students Will Bring Skills Learned in VEI to City Businesses New York, NY, June 19, 2014 – JP Morgan Chase announced a $100,000 grant to Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) to fund paid summer internships for 40 … Continue reading

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[NYC] 2014 Spring Executive Conference (hosted by Microsoft)

On Friday, May 30, 2014, the young NYC executives gathered at Microsoft’s Time Square offices for the 2014 Spring Executive Conference. Students shared their achievements from the year, reflected on their VEI experience, heard from guest speakers, and networked with … Continue reading

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[NYC] William Cullen Bryant Coordinators Recognized as NYC’s 2014 Teachers of the Year

Mr. Andy Horowitz and Ms. Soteria Stavroulakis, coordinators for William Cullen Bryant High School’s VEI firms Majestique and Footprint, are the 2014 New York City Teachers of the Year. They receive the distinct recognition for years of consistently guiding their students and firms toward strong performances and for their commitment and dedication in applying the Virtual Enterprise model to the highest standards. Continue reading

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VEI Honors New York Life and Jack Hidary at Fundraising Gala

VEI honored New York Life and Jack Hidary at the 2nd Annual Evening to Benefit VEI on April 1, 2014 for their support of VEI. New York Life was presented with the Noel N. Kriftcher Service to Education Award while … Continue reading

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The Largest Marketplace in NYC – 2014 International Trade Show Recap

On the last day of the 2014 Youth Business Summit, new life was injected into the historical 69th Regiment Armory. We witnessed the largest (virtual) marketplace in NYC and the highest volume global trading day for VEI. From the starting … Continue reading

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2014 National Business Plan Competition Results

VEI students create and run their own businesses. Every firm is required to create and present a business plan. “VE is a model of what we want our students to know, understand, be able to do, and demonstrate. In all … Continue reading

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2014 Global Business Challenge Results

The 2014 Global Business Challenge, hosted at New York University’s Kimmel Center in the heart of Greenwich Village brought together 270 virtual enterprise students from 9 countries. The students were randomly assigned to teams of 10 and given a challenge … Continue reading

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2014 Youth Business Summit Photo Gallery

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“VEI Gave Us All A Voice” – 2nd Annual Evening to Benefit VEI

The 2nd Annual Evening to Benefit VEI was a resounding success with a sold-out crowd and student speakers who handled the stage like seasoned business professionals and captivated the guests even more than the breathtaking view of Manhattan’s nighttime skyline. Continue reading

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[California] 1,300 Students Attend the 2014 Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference & Trade Show

Oakland, Ca, March 16-17, 2014:  Jay Speck County Superintendent of Schools of Solano County welcomed over 1,300 high school entrepreneurs as they arrived in the Bay Area this past weekend for the 10th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference … Continue reading

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[North Carolina] VEI Students to Attend China for Global Student Leaders Summit

Granville County Schools’ Virtual Enterprises program announced a group of students, and teachers will travel to China in March to attend the EF Global Student Leaders Summit. “We are very excited to attend this year’s Summit,” said Geni Slaughter, JFW VEI … Continue reading

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Push-up Contest at SXSW to Benefit VEI

Team members from ff Venture Capital are hosting a push-up contest through an Indiegogo campaign at their South By Southwest (SXSW) MASSIVE pavilion, Empire Control Room & Garage (606 E 7th St, Austin, TX) from 1-2pm on Sunday, March 9. All proceeds from this display of upper body strength will be donated to support VEI. Continue reading

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California VEI Students Take the Stress Out of Tax Season

Over the last 10 years, Roosevelt High School students have shown their commitment to their community by preparing over 3,500 tax returns free of charge for low income, elderly, and disabled community members. The students earn Volunteer Income Tax Assistance … Continue reading

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Support VEI with AmazonSmile

Shop with AmazonSmile and a portion of the price of eligible products you purchase can be donated to VEI. There are tens of millions of eligible products, so there’s a good chance buying something you want or need at this very moment will help support VEI at no additional cost to you. Find out how in this post. Continue reading

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[Virginia] Forever Froyo’s Successful Grand Opening

Forever Froyo’s Grand Opening at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach was a huge success, as hundreds of students and staff participated to make the event a real-world simulation.  Forever Froyo partnered with The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar, which enabled them … Continue reading

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Mary Pisarkiewicz, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of PM+CO, Appointed Chair of New York City Advisory Board

NEW YORK, N.Y., January 16, 2014 – Mary Pisarkiewicz, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of the branding and marketing agency PM+CO, has been appointed as the new chair of Virtual Enterprises International’s (VEI) New York Advisory Board after serving as … Continue reading

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New Website Section: Featured VEI Firms

With over 500 registered VEI firms in the U.S. Network and even more worldwide, it can be a daunting task to explore and connect with the full range of firms comprising the VE market. The Featured Firms section is dedicated to increasing firm visibility … Continue reading

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Solarity Shines Brightest at Strongest New York Citywide Business Plan Competition

On January 17th, twenty-two VEI Firms attended the 2014 New York Citywide Business Plan Competition after separating themselves with stellar presentations from the pack of forty-eight firms in the Local Business Plan Competitions. In the morning of the Citywide Competition, … Continue reading

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An Evening to Benefit VEI

 

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2014 NYC and LI Business Plan Competition Results

Below are the results for the New York Citywide and Long Island Business Plan Competitions. Click on the links to see the story and photo coverage of those events. New York Citywide Finalists:  1st – Solarity (New Dorp HS) 2nd … Continue reading

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4th Annual Long Island Business Plan Competition and Trade Show

29 VEI Firms from Long Island gathered at Farmingdale State College for the 4th Annual Business Plan Competition and Regional Trade Show. Continue reading

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Join VEI’s Alumni Association For a Chance to Win 1 of 3 $100 Gift Cards

If you are a current or former VEI student, fill out the form on our Alumni page and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of three $100 American Express Gift Cards. Mark Lipari (Class of 2010 from New … Continue reading

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[Virginia] 2013 Virginia Business Plan Defense and Competition Results

The Virginia Business Plan Defense and Competition was held on December 18 at the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Twenty firms participated in the the event. The judges were impressed with the quality of the presentations as well as … Continue reading

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2013 Perfect Pitch winners

2013 Perfect Pitch Winners Announced

Between October and December 2013, VEI students submitted 60-second videos pitching their VEI firms. Judges from Long Island University evaluated the videos and commented that the top pitches included strong and creative business concepts, had clear descriptions of the firm’s products … Continue reading

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