National Online Competitions

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

Websites will be automatically pulled from the Portal to be entered into the competition. To ensure you’re entered in this competition, your website must be added to your Firm Profile in the Portal. View step-bystep instructions for Adding a Firm Website at https://veinternational.org/portal-support/add-a-firm-website/.

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?

Career Readiness Framework Alignment

Leadership:

  • Demonstrates intrapreneurship
  • Motivates others to act
  • Demonstrates well-rounded perspective and unique style

Professional:

  • Communicates effectively
  • Demonstrates professionalism
  • Solves problems creatively
  • Embraces diversity

Functional:

  • Understands general business dynamics
  • Demonstrates industry/function-specific skills

Core Technology:

  • Department/function-specific technology

 

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.

Submission Period: 10/15/2018 - 10/31/2018     
Judging Period: 11/1/2018 - 11/21/2018

How to Submit

  1. Go to https://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/2018-National-Company-Branding-Competition 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 Company Branding Competition page (https://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/2018-National-Company-Branding-Competition).
  4. Click in the middle of the gray box that pops up to find your file.
  5. Upload the 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 a sample submission document 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.

  • First Impressions - What is your first reaction to the branding elements presented?
  • Logo, Fonts, and Color Palette - How would you rate the quality of the logo, font choices, and color palette?
  • Consistency across elements - Does the brand identity extend consistently across each element? Do the various elements come together to make a cohesive whole?
  • Relevance to the business - Do the logo and branding elements seem to be relevant to the business or industry?

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 2018 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 https://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/2018-National-Elevator-Pitch-Competition 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 Elevator Pitch Competition page (https://competitions.veinternational.org/competition/2018-National-Elevator-Pitch-Competition).
  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.

View sample submissions from the 2017 National Elevator Pitch 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 the pitch be improved?

Career Readiness Framework Alignment

Leadership Competencies:

  • Motivates others to act
  • Demonstrates well-rounded perspective and unique style
  • Demonstrates intrapreneurship

Professional Competencies:

  • Communicates effectively
  • Demonstrates professionalism

Functional Competencies:

  • Understands general business dynamics