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.

2018 VE Venture Challenge

Three (3) finalist teams will give their pitch presentations at the 2018 Gala on April 18, 2018.

Learn more here.

2017 VE Venture Challenge

2017 Winner
Presenter: Liza Tarakanova
Parkway West HS, Ballwin, MO

Miguel McKelvey, Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer, WeWork, presenting check to Liza T.

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