JAUM Company of the Year Competition

2019 JAUM Company of the Year – EcoSlurp (Mounds View HS)

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 will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at our new St. Paul facility, the Junior Achievement James R. and Patricia Hemak Experiential Learning Center.

At the competition, high school students will present the results of their business and learning experiences to a panel of judges who evaluate 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 and commercials
  • 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 three teams will have the opportunity to apply to compete at the JA National Leadership Summit to be held in Washington, DC, June 16-20, 2019.

Students, as you plan your commercials, presentations, and marketing efforts, don’t forget about these additional awards:

TEAM AWARDS
Innovation Award – most innovative and forward-thinking product or service
Awesome Ad Award – most creative commercial that showcases the company and product/service
Exceptional Exhibit Award – most creative table display that showcases the company and product/service
Humanitarian Award – awarded to the company with the best philanthropic or social awareness component to their business plan
Techie Star Award – best use of technology to promote the company at the trade show, during the presentation, and in the commercial
Social Butterfly Award – best use of social media to promote the company. Posts must tag JAUM to be considered.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Polished Presenter Award – awarded to the individual who exudes the most professionalism and confidence during the company presentations
Rising Star Award – awarded to the individual who demonstrated outstanding professionalism and potential during the competition

Check out photos from the 2018 JAUM Company of the Year Competition
All photos on Junior Achievement’s Flickr Page are available for download.
Please give photo credit to JAUM if republishing online or in print.