About the YBS

The Youth Business Summit (YBS) is a one-of-a-kind global business convention for VE students. During a dynamic week of business competitions, leadership events, and professional networking, rising talent from middle and high schools around the world display the professional skills and business acumen they have developed by running a VE company during the school year.

About VE

VE transforms students through authentic business experiences which prepare them for fulfilling, financially secure futures. Since its inception in 1996, VE has served over 140,000 students, including many from economically disadvantaged communities. We currently support 15,000 students across 19 states each year and are part of a global network spanning 40 countries and 7,500 student-run businesses.

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YBS in the News

Newsday: “5 LI teams vie in national business plan competition”

Five Long Island VE firms made it to the 2018 National Business Plan Competition. These teams competed presented amongst 28 teams from across the U.S. during the 2018 Youth Business Summit. The Long Island firms included Elluminate from Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK … Continue reading 

Coral Springs Talk: “JP Taravella High School Students Win First at Business Competition in New York”

TeaTreat Box Co. from JP Taravella High School took home first-place in the Human Resources Competition. Twelve students and three chaperones made it to New York City from Coral Springs, Florida, to participate in the 2018 Youth Business Summit thanks to … Continue reading 

23ABC News: “BHS virtual business plan team takes first place”

For the first time in VE history, California-based teams have taken home first-place in the National Business Plan Competition for three consecutive years — the two most recent wins accomplished by Bakersfield High School. 23ABC’s Alyssa Flores covered the achievement in … Continue reading 

SI Live: “In Class: Staten Island students brighten up for color run fundraiser”

The 8th-graders running the VE firm Dough Re Mi will show you that it’s never too early to learn entrepreneurial skills. The company sells an array of baked goods while being conscious of different diets by including nut-free and gluten-free products. … Continue reading 

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