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Welcome to VCS BEI Showcase 2022

Thank you for visiting our BEI Showcase site! We would love for you to explore the accomplishments our BEI students this year! 

Scroll down for more student video presentations from the President's Business Challenge and Quest Incubator classes, DECA and Speech and Debate Clubs, as well as our entrepreneurial offerings in VCJH & VCES.

 
 

President's Business Challenge

Embedded into the curriculum in the Advanced Business Honors course, students form teams and learn to create a startup while addressing all the different areas of business development, competing for the opportunity to present their business plan to Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

2022 PBC Team Winners

1st Place: Aloe-Ha

2nd Place: Achord

3rd Place: Enso

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2021-22 President's Business Challenge
MENTORS

 
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Bob Emberley

Senior Director, Enterprise Sales

Bob has over 30 years of experience in high tech including 20 years with Silicon Valley start-ups. Five of the start-ups resulted in successful exits including three acquisitions and two IPOs. He has experience in software development, semiconductor design, computer networking, cybersecurity and business development. He is currently at Spirent Communications where he is responsible for sales to the global semiconductor market. Bob is married and has a son attending Valley Christian High School. Bob earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. Outside of work, Bob enjoys cycling and international travel.

 
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 PBC wants YOU too!

You have a wonderful opportunity to guide and shape the minds of future entrepreneurs! The students are eager for mentoring and are motivated to start their business. Mentors in the past have gained much fulfillment and satisfaction while investing in the next generation of students. Please contact Sabrina Lin at slin@vcs.net to find out more about this program and how you can help contribute. 

 

QUEST INCUBATOR 

BEI has created Quest Incubator, our highest level entrepreneurial offering, for students who are looking to launch a start-up during their time at VCHS. BEI provides the space and intellectual resources for students to develop & test working prototypes, refine business models, collaborate with other business students and industry advisors, as well as participate in workshops, attend corporate visits, and learn from guest speakers.

Students teams describe their work in the videos below. 

 
 

Quest Incubator Speakers

Christopher Norris

Executive Director,

Santa Clara University,

Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Allison Miller Alden

Drone Light Shows Scale Strategy at Intel Corporation

Dan Hunter

Co-Founder of Yoshi

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Elton Lin

CEO & Co-Founder of Comet

Ned Tozun

CEO & Founder of d.light

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MORE INFO on

Quest Incubator 

Quest Incubator (QI) provides students an opportunity to work with mentors and industry leaders, our “experts-in-residence,” to launch their startup. Students develop a working prototype of their product to refine their business model in order to launch their business idea. Students gain real-word business and entrepreneurship experience focusing on customer validation through market research, business development, strategic partnerships, and refining a business model that is viable, sustainable, scalable and fundable. The program provides workshops, roundtable discussions and opportunities to network and consult with entrepreneurs and mentors on developing their business plans into a business startup. Some QI projects have secured seed funding from investors. QI takes place during the 4B period. The program fee for QI is $400 per semester.

Students APPLY by submitting the following info & using this LINK:

●  cover letter

●  resume

●  two references: name, title and email

●  business proposal that they plan to prototype & launch

For more information, email bei@vcs.net.

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DECA

DECA is an international organization that prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, management, and hospitality. VC DECA high school students engage in competitive events and community activities, professional development, and leadership opportunities, attending regional (SVCDC), state (SCDC), and international (ICDC) competitions and conferences.

 
 

VC DECA ICDC RESULTS 2021-2022

Top 10 Finalists:

Vivien Wang, 7th place, PBM (Principles of Business Management)

Siyona Roychoudhury/Athena Nguyen, 9th Place, TTDM (Travel & Tourism Decision Making)

Mia Zhang/Chelsey Wang/Blake Tretter, 7th place, SEOR (Sports & Entertainment Marketing Operations) 

Tevin, Spencer, Leon Yee, Tied 3rd Place, VBC (Virtual Business Challenge - Accounting Track) 

Top 20 ICDC Finalists:

Rahul Mahadik/Bryce Chen, EBG (Entrepreneurship Business Growth Plan)

Kayla Huffman, HLMS (Hotel & Lodging Management Series) Role Play 2

Allene Yue/Chloe Lam/Kristin Louis, IMCS (Integrated Marketing Campaign - Service)

Mikayla Wu, FTDM exam (Financial Service Team Decision-Making)

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SPEECH & DEBATE

VCS Speech and Debate is a team that promotes effective public speaking and nuanced argumentation. We compete in Public Forum, Extemporaneous, Original Oratory, Congress and other events. The team competes in the Coast Forensic League.

 
 

VCJH EXPLORE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

BEI offers multiple ways to explore entrepreneurship for students in junior high. During the school day, there is a semester-long elective called DIY: Start a Business! For after-school opportunities, there is an 8 week program called Explore Entrepreneurship each fall and spring semester. This past year, Destination Imagination was offered as an 8-month after-school class. We are thrilled that junior high students are learning about entrepreneurship and how to use their creativity to help solve problems with products and services. 

 
 
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VCES DISCOVER ENTREPRENEURSHIP

BEI offers VCES 3rd-5th grade students opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship through two after-school programs, Lemonade Day and Money $marts. Lemonade Day students make business decisions to learn how to best run a lemonade stand at school. Proceeds from the lemonade sales go to a non-profit Change for India which provides educational, healthcare and evangelism to rural villages in India.


In Money $marts, VCES students learn the basics of finance. This program is taught by BEI Quest Incubator high school students who run the business Financing the Future.

 
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Spring 2022 Money $marts students with high school teachers, Financing the Future.

 

Contact Us

Please reach out with any questions to the BEI office at:


100 Skyway Drive

San Jose, CA 95111

(408) 513-2590