Virtual Enterprises International recently announced that VE students from the Berks Career and Technology Center have won the VE New York Metro Business Plan Competition (South Division) and are now finalists in the prestigious VE National Business Plan Competition scheduled for April 2022 year in New York.
The event showcases some of the best and brightest student leaders and entrepreneurs in the country.
Since the beginning of the academic year, students have managed ReCase, a virtual company they have created and run every day in the classroom as part of the VE program. ReCase creates eco-friendly phone cases from recycled materials.
During the Metro Business Plans Competition in New York City, students were invited to present a written business plan and an oral presentation to a team of judges and faculty who criticized their records and evaluated their responses at the next question and answer session.
In April of this year, students at the Berks Career and Technology Center and about 40 other finalists across the country will compete for first place in the VE National Business Plan Competition.
Every year more than 300 schools compete for the highest award. Some of the best records from NBPC 2021 can be found here: 8 best presentations of NBPC 2021.
NBPC is part of the annual VE program, which annually provides more than 20,000 students with the opportunity to create and run virtual business ventures in 430 schools across the country.
As part of the program, students create joint businesses, act out corporate positions, carry out transactions with other simulated companies, visit exhibitions and run businesses as if they were real.
Virtual Enterprises International is a national non-profit organization that transforms students through a genuine business experience that prepares them for a full, financially secure future.
Since the founding of Virtual Enterprises in 1996, it has served more than 200,000 high school students, including many from economically disadvantaged communities. In 2015, VE introduced the VE-JV Career Academy, a similar two-year program that allows 7th and 8th graders to develop technology and entrepreneurial skills by starting and running a business.
Approximately 90% of VE students interact with business professionals who mentor them on a regular basis, and 87% identify a career path that interests their participation in the VE program.