JAUM Company of the Year Competition

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2017 Company of the Year winners – Crimson Cafe

The JAUM Company of the Year Competition allows high school students participating in the JA Company Program to demonstrate their business acumen and spirit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment. This year’s event took place on April 20, 2017, at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

At the competition, high school students presented the results of their business and learning experiences to a panel of judges who evaluated company performance against the competition criteria. To win this prestigious award, it takes more than creating an exciting product/service or running a financially sound business. Team members also must demonstrate an understanding of how and why the company performed as it did, and balance the business achievements of the team with each member’s personal development. Judges will look for evidence of innovation and application of new ideas in all aspects of company operations.

Stages of Competition

There are three stages to the competition with an opportunity to showcase JA Company Program products at the Entrepreneurial Expo tabling session prior to the start of the event. The judged elements are:

  • Stage One – Written annual reports
  • Stage Two – Company presentations
  • Stage Three – Interview with the judging panel

Full details for each stage of the competition are available in the competition Guidelines and Criteria for Participants.

Awards and Scholarships

1st place – $1,000 post-secondary scholarship for each competing team member
2nd place – $500 post-secondary scholarship for each competing team member
3rd place – $250 post-secondary scholarship for each competing team member
Otto Bremer Student Entrepreneur of the Year – $1,000 post-secondary scholarship

The top two teams will have the opportunity to apply to compete at the JA National Leadership Summit to be held in Washington, DC, June 18-22, 2017.

Check out photos from the 2017 JAUM Company of the Year Competition
All photos on Junior Achievement’s Flickr Page are available for download.
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