VE Venture Challenge
The purpose of the VE Venture Challenge is to allow VE students to pitch their unique real business concept to a panel of leading entrepreneurs — who are titans in their industry — at VEI’s annual Gala in New York City. Budding entrepreneurs will be able to transform their concepts into viable businesses through mentorship, education, financial support, and real-world business opportunities.
Three (3) finalist teams will give their pitch presentations at the 2018 Gala on April 18, 2018.
Presenter: Liza Tarakanova
Parkway West HS, Ballwin, MO
Liza T. from Parkway West High School in Missouri won the inaugural VE Venture Challenge, securing $10,000 in seed funding as well as a 1-year membership at WeWork Labs as she works to launch TredBed, a business venture that will help revolutionize the medical industry.
Titan Entrepreneurs of the 2017 VE Venture Panel
- Gregg Fisher, Founder & Head of Quantitative Research & Portfolio Strategy, Gerstein Fisher
- Miguel McKelvey, Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer, WeWork
- Jeffrey Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Digital Risk
- Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-Founder, Fitz, Glamsquad, & Gilt