About VEI
Our Students
Students Featured at 2016 Gala
Students Featured at 2015 Gala
Students Featured at 2014 Gala
Students Featured at 2013 Gala
2016 National Business Plan Competition Finalist Presentations
2015 National Business Plan Competition Finalist Presentations
2014 National Business Plan Competition Finalist Presentations
2015 Global Business Challenge Finalist Presentations
2014 Global Business Challenge Finalist Presentations

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Our Students

Students Featured at the 2016 Gala

Usha Sookai, CEO of iParty from middle school 137 in Queens, New York and a VE-JV Career Academy student, who served as emcee for the night.

Abrar Ayub, Darnell Jean-Charles, Nick DeSanto, and Lana Koretsky, VEI Class of 2005 from Edward R. Murrow HS in New York, NY, who shared how VEI shaped their future careers by serving in roles in their high school VE that provided a path to their current professional jobs.

Jasmine Andrews, COO of Trojan Wall from Thomas Jefferson High School in Tampa, Florida, who talked about the ways that VEI empowers young women to find their inner strength and believe in their capacity to become business leaders.

Cesar N. Gonzalez (inaugural recipient, Joseph P. Delaney Alumni Award)
Vice President, Marlin Gold Mining and Consultant, Wexford Capital
Class of ‘01, Shafter HS, Bakersfield, CA

Presented by: Dean McGee, Deputy Superintendent,
Kern HS District, Bakersfield

Usha, CEO of Mo-Flex, from VE-JV Career Academy

Usha, CEO of Mo-Flex from VE-JV Career Academy in Queens, NY delivers her elevator pitch to a crowd of 1,000 at LIU Post.

Students Featured at the 2015 Gala

Mike Claustro
CEO, City of Angels – Class of 2015
School of Business and Tourism at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
Los Angeles, CA

Richmond Anyetei
COO, T-Squared – Class of 2015
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School
New York, NY

VEI students from an international entertainment brand, a sustainable energy provider, an organic tea retailer, and an app development company presented the businesses that transformed them into young professionals.

Students Featured at the 2014 Gala

James Holmes
Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles, CA – Class of 2014

Pillow Tune’s CEO shares why he’s thankful for the VEI experience and how he wishes every student in his community and similar communities across the United States will get the same opportunity.

Oluwatoyin (Toyin) Shitta-Bey
New Dorp HS, Staten Island, NY – Class of 2014

Watch below to see how VEI prepared Toyin to face challenges in college and the rest of his life.

Pictured below: Anthony Lewis (Class of 2011), Angel Cepedes (Class of 2011), Catherine Perez (CEO, T-Squared, NYC)

Not pictured: Vonzell Byrd (CEO, TigerTech, Inc., Chicago), Slav Kuzmin (Class of 2009), Saul Lopez (CEO, Art Beat, CA), Crystal Helton (VP of Marketing, Eden’s Confections, SC), Jordan Knox (CEO, Versorna, NYC), Bri Smith (Class of 2013), Rosalvens Saint Jean (CEO, 10 Chefs N’ A Gourmet Bundle, Boston), Nathaly Lopez (Class of 2005)

This group of eleven current and former students handled the stage of the 2nd Annual Evening to Benefit VEI like seasoned business professionals and captivated the guests even more than the breathtaking view of Manhattan’s nighttime skyline.

Nolan Leung (CEO, Nüapps, NYC), Gabriel Rosa (CEO, Titan, Inc., NYC ) Aysha Qureshi (CTO, Nüapps, NYC)

These three students introduce Jack Hidary, 2014 Global Citizen Award honoree, and thank VEI for providing an in-school environment that supports their passion for technology, encourages them to follow their dreams, and enables them to begin achieving their goals.

Students Featured at the 2013 Gala

Shane Meares
Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara, CA – Class of 2013

The CEO of DONS Net Cafe shares how his doubts were replaced by confidence, what it takes to realize one’s full potential, and his personal epiphany about translating a passion into a career.

Josuel Plasencia
Academy of Finance & Enterprise, New York, NY – Class of 2013

The ASAP CEO talks about how VEI empowered him to transform a world full of unfavorable circumstances, into one where he speaks at corporate events at Wall Street and rings the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Santiago Hernandez
Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara, CA – Class of 2013

The CFO of DONS Net Cafe traveled a great distance to get where he is today.

2016 National Business Plan Competition Finalist 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
Westhampton Beach HS, New York

2nd Place
Brooklyn’s Sweet ‘N Savory Catering
Fort Hamilton HS, New York

3rd Place
Murrieta Valley HS, California

4th Place
South Pasadena HS, California

5th Place
Vitality, Inc.
Bearden HS, Tennessee

6th Place
Bakersfield HS, California

2015 National Business Plan Competition Finalist Presentations

Life’s PURiTEA – 1st Place
Byron Nelson HS, Trophy Club, TX
Coordinator: Antonio Banos
Team Members: Syed Hossain, Samantha Mullins, Ashlyn Murphy, Hannah Ricketts, Vianca Santana, Scott Travis

Helios – 2nd Place
Westhampton Beach HS, Westhampton Beach, NY
Coordinator: Amy Demchak
Team Members: Ashley Cunniff, Freesia Ferrantino, Olivia Horbatiuk, Alex Kravitz, Frank Leotta, Justin Smith

H2Grow – 3rd Place
Bakersfield High, Bakersfield, CA
Coordinator: Ryker Solano
Team Members: Zach Bryant, Parker Coon, Cassidy Grimsley, Katie Jameson, Kelly Little

Sweet N’ Savory Catering – 4th Place
Fort Hamilton HS, Brooklyn, NY
Coordinator: Mary Grace Alfredo
Team Members: Mohammed Amer, Aigerim Kaipova, Syed Naqvi, Sabrina Vitale, Justin Yeung

Go-tect – 5th Place
Costa Mesa HS, Costa Mesa, CA
Coordinator: Mike Milchiker
Team Members: Mathew Brown, Jeirany Chavez Campos, Catherine Kricorian, Zaira Lopez, Sophie Nguyen

Elysium Computer Systems, Inc – 6th Place
Bearden HS, Knoxville, TN
Coordinator: Kathy McCoy
Team Members: Paul Baeske, Taylor Blaine, Hotch Chandler, David Garabrandt, Lexie McCarty, Abigail Thomas

2014 National Business Plan Competition Finalist Presentations

1st Place – Oasis (South Pasadena, CA)

2nd Place – FlashComm (Hewlett, NY)

3rd Place – T-Squared (New York, NY)

4th Place – West Coast Races (Murrieta, CA)

5th Place – Solarity (Staten Island, NY)

6th Place – Eden’s Confections (Greer, SC)

2015 Global Business Challenge Finalist Presentations


Team Members

  • Christina Bradshaw, River Bluff HS, Lexington, South Carolina
  • Christian Branch, South Granville HS, Creedmoor, North Carolina
  • Bryan De Jesus, Business and Tourism, Los Angeles, California
  • Hope Grimes, Murrieta Valley HS, Murrieta, California
  • Astrid Hirschfeld, International Business College Hetzendorf, Vienna, Austria
  • Sean Lewis, First Colonial HS, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Scott Nicolosi, Longwood HS, Long Island, New York
  • Daniel Messing, BSZ Waldkirch, Waldkirch, Germany
  • Ashlyn Murphy, Byron Nelson HS, Trophy Club, Texas
  • Niccolo Parisi, St. James HS, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina


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 Gernsbach, Gernsbach, Germany
  • Zahid Reddy, Academy of Finance and Enterprise, Long Island City, New York
  • Alexis Reyes, Santa Monica HS, Santa Monica, California
  • Carlos Santana, Lakewood HS, Lakewood, California
  • Ying Ying Shi, Fort Hamilton HS, New York, New York
  • Adriana Tobar, Crenshaw HS, Los Angeles, California

2nd Place

Team Members

  • Andre Bandi, International Business College Hetzendorf, Vienna, Austria
  • Florencio Flores, Palm Springs HS, Palm Springs, California
  • Shyan Johnson, Homestead Senior High, Homestead, Florida
  • Caitlyn Leong, Mount Saint Mary Academy, Kenmore, New York
  • Mentari Nudia Burhan Ali Mansyur, Sekolah High/Scope Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Aree McMannen, Granville Central HS, Stem, North Carolina
  • Haramritpal Singh, John Adams HS, New York, New York
  • Benjamin Streibich, BSZ Waldkirch, Waldkirch, Germany
  • Blanca Thomas, J.F. Webb HS, Oxford, North Carolina
  • Marco Valdivia Jr., San Marcos HS, Santa Barbara, California

2014 Global Business Challenge Finalist Presentations

1st Place Team

2nd Place Team

3rd Place Team