National Online Competitions

Each VE company is asked to design a company newsletter. The newsletter should communicate information about the company, special events, real world and virtual world news, contact information, and other information the company would like to share. Each company will use the newsletter to communicate with its employees and other Virtual Enterprise stakeholders. For this event, one PDF copy of the newsletter developed by student-employees will be submitted for judging.

How to Submit

  1. Go to http://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/50 or click on Details under the competition if you are on the Competitions Main Page (http://competitions.veinternational.org/).
  2. Make sure you are registered for a student account and are logged in.
  3. Click on the "Compete in this competition"button at the bottom of the 2018 National Company Newsletter Competition page (http://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/50).
  4. Click in the middle of the gray box that pops up to find your newsletter file.
  5. Upload the newsletter file. 

 

Submission Criteria

Prepare a single PDF document with the following elements:

  • Company and Mission: The newsletter is unique to the specific company, mission and employees through content and presentation.
  • Newsletter Content: Content may include timely articles, real and/or virtual industry trends, information about events, news from the HR department, professional development opportunities, or any other company related news appropriate for company employees and VE stakeholders.
  • Presentation: The newsletter should be consistent with company branding elements such as logo and colors, be free of any plagiarism or copyright infringement, and be original student work. The newsletter should be free of any editorial and/or grammatical errors and maintain proper formatting and professional presentation.

 

Judging Criteria

Each element will be rated from 1 to 5 stars. A score of five is outstanding and a score of one needs significant improvement.

  • Company and Mission: Does the newsletter provide relevant information about the company, mission and employees?
  • Newsletter Content: Does the newsletter contain uniquely appropriate and relevant information about company news and updates, industry trends, employee announcements or recognition, and/or company events?
  • Presentation: Is the newsletter professionally written and designed?

 

Career Readiness Framework Alignment

  • Leadership:
    • Demonstrates well-rounded perspective and unique style
  • Professional:
    • Demonstrates professionalism
    • Demonstrates self-development and learning orientation
    • Communicates effectively
    • Collaborates with others
    • Embraces diversity
  • Functional:
    • Understands general business dynamics
  • Core Technology Skills:
    • Word processing software
    • Department/function specific technology

For the Video Commercial Competition, students will produce a 30 to 60 second video commercial that effectively promotes their VEI business, product(s), and/or service(s). Videos will be judged based on content, how compelling the commercial is, and production quality. Submissions must be appropriate for a school-related event, must be original student work, and must not violate copyright laws or plagiarize existing work.

How to Submit

  1. Go to http://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/51 or click on Details under the competition if you are on the Competitions Main Page (http://competitions.veinternational.org/).
  2. Make sure you are registered for a student account and are logged in.
  3. Click on the "Compete in this competition" button at the bottom of the 2017 National Elevator Pitch Competition page (http://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/51).
  4. Click in the middle of the gray box that pops up to find your video file.
  5. Upload the video file. 

Submission Criteria

  • Video commercials must be between 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Content must be appropriate for a school-related event
  • Commercials must be original student work and must not violate copyright laws or plagiarize existing work; example, use of the Nike brand or logo without Nike’s permission.
  • One entry per firm

Judging Criteria

Each element will be rated from 1 to 5 stars. A score of five is outstanding and a score of one needs significant improvement.

  • Content - How well is the story or message communicated in the video? Are the product and/or service offering(s) clearly and/or appropriately presented? How well are the company’s branding elements (company name, logos, colors, slogan, etc.) featured in the commercial?
  • Compelling - How well did this commercial evoke interest or capture your attention? If you were in the target market, would you be motivated to buy the product(s)/service(s) based on this commercial?
  • Production Quality - How well were the production elements executed such as audio/video quality, editing, and use of multimedia (graphics, titles)?

Career Readiness Framework Alignment

  • Leadership
    • Motivates others to act
    • Demonstrates well-rounded perspective and unique style
  • Professional
    • Communicates effectively
    • Solves problems creatively
    • Embraces diversity
  • Functional
    • Demonstrates industry/function-specific skills
  • Core Technology
    • Department/function-specific technology

The National E-Commerce Website Competition is open to all firms participating in the VEI network. Judges will evaluate websites based on customer experience, such as first impressions, display of products/services, ease of use and ordering, value-added content and features, and overall look and feel.

Submission Criteria

Firms will copy and paste their website URL into the submission box to submit.

Judging Criteria

Each element will be rated from 1 to 5 stars. A score of five is outstanding and a score of one needs significant improvement.

  • First Impressions - Do you know what the company does? Do you like the look of the site? Does it look professional and trustworthy?
  • Purchasing - After adding an item to the cart and proceeding to checkout, how easily can a customer purchase a product or service? Was it easy to find and add an item to the cart?
  • Overall - Rate this category based on your analysis of the entire website. Does the design and layout of the website support what the business does? Is there content such as photos, videos, and/or links to social media accounts? What would you think about this website if it was for a real business? Are there spelling and/or grammatical errors?

Rubric and Career Readiness Framework Alignment available here.

Firms will demonstrate their company branding through the submission of a branding package that includes the company logo, fonts, color palette and associated applications such as: company letterhead, business cards, envelopes, cover pages, sales materials, or other similar company documents. An effective brand will be memorable, versatile, relevant to the company’s business, and consistently applied across all elements. A versatile logo is one that will look good when applied in different applications, such as brochures, websites, or promotional pens.

Consult the Company Branding Rubric available at: Portal / Competitions & Rubrics / Rubrics. 

 

How to Submit

  1. Go to http://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/48 or click on Details under the competition if you are on the Competitions Main Page (http://competitions.veinternational.org/).
  2. Make sure you are registered for a student account and are logged in.
  3. Click on the "Compete in this competition" button at the bottom of the 2017 National Elevator Pitch Competition page (http://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/48).
  4. Click in the middle of the gray box that pops up to find your video file.
  5. Upload the video file. 

 

Submission Criteria

Submission Criteria Prepare a single PDF document with the following elements:

  • Page 1: Logo, color palette, fonts
  • Page 2: Company letterhead and one-paragraph company description
  • Page 3: Business card (front & back, if applicable)
  • Pages 4-6 (optional): Up to three applications of the company branding. Elements may include a cover page template, envelope, sales materials, product packaging, or other similar elements.

View sample submissions from the 2016 National Company Branding Competition here

 

Judging Criteria

Each element will be rated from 1 to 5 stars. A score of five is outstanding and a score of one needs significant improvement.

  • Compelling - How well does the pitch entice you or draw you in?
  • Informative - How well does the pitch deliver all of the details you are looking for? Details may include: the problem that it solves, target market, business model, current needs, etc.
  • Next Steps - As an investor how likely would you be to take next steps with this company?
  • Delivery - Rate the quality and professionalism of the student's delivery. Elements to consider include appropriate attire, eye contact, voice projection, and poise.
  • Overall Comment - What could have made this pitch better? How can this student improve?

 

Career Readiness Framework Alignment

  • Leadership:
    • Demonstrates well-rounded perspective and unique style
  • Professional:
    • Communicates effectively
    • Demonstrates effective project management
    • Solves problems creatively
  • Functional:
    • Demonstrates industry/function-specific skill

The Elevator Pitch Competition is a video submission competition that challenges VEI students to make a convincing and engaging “Elevator Pitch” to an Angel Investor in 60 seconds or less.

How to Submit

  1. Go to http://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/47 or click on Details under the competition if you are on the Competitions Main Page (http://competitions.veinternational.org/).
  2. Make sure you are registered for a student account and are logged in.
  3. Click on the "Compete in this competition" button at the bottom of the 2017 National Elevator Pitch Competition page (http://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/47).
  4. Click in the middle of the gray box that pops up to find your video file.
  5. Upload the video file. 

Submission Criteria

Record a 30-60 second video of a VEI student delivering an elevator pitch for your business. Videos should capture one (max. two) students delivering the pitch to the camera. The pitch should be delivered in a single, unedited take. Videos should not be edited together or produced with effects. This doesn’t mean it needs to be filmed on the first take, but there should be no postproduction done to the pitch (i.e. don’t edit two halves of different takes together). Avoid reading from scripts or cue cards. Please be sure to record the video in a reasonably quiet environment to make it easier for the judges to hear and understand. Avoid recording outdoors or in loud hallways.

Judging Criteria

Each element will be rated from 1 to 5 stars. A score of five is outstanding and a score of one needs significant improvement.

  • Compelling - How well does the pitch entice you or draw you in?
  • Informative - How well does the pitch deliver all of the details you are looking for? Details may include: the problem that it solves, target market, business model, current needs, etc.
  • Next Steps - As an investor how likely would you be to take next steps with this company?
  • Delivery - Rate the quality and professionalism of the student's delivery. Elements to consider include appropriate attire, eye contact, voice projection, and poise.
  • Overall Comment - What could have made this pitch better? How can the pitch be improved?