JAUM Company of the Year Competition
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 is on April 20, 2017, at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
At the competition, high school students will present the results of their business and learning experiences to a panel of judges who will 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.
Important dates (registration now open)
- April 7 – Registration closes
- April 10 at 5pm – Company report due to JAUM (submit electronically)
- April 10 – Otto Bremer Entrepreneur of the Year Award application due (apply online)
- April 20 – JAUM Company of the Year Competition
- Stage One – Written annual reports
- Stage Two – Company presentations
- Stage Three – Interview with the judging panel
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:
Full details for each stage of the competition are available in the competition Guidelines and Criteria for Participants.
|11:00 am||Arrival, register, set up Entrepreneurial Expo, lunch|
|11:45 am||Entrepreneurial Expo|
|12:30 pm||Welcome and kick off|
|12:50 pm||Rotation of Entrepreneurial Sessions and team presentation (4 minutes) and interview (10 minutes)|
|5:30 pm*||Winning team announced|
*Final schedule TBD depending on number of participating companies. A maximum of 10 teams can participate in the competition. If more than 10 teams register, then teams will go through a qualifying round which will determine the top 10 teams chosen to advance to the competition. Teams will be notified on April 13.
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.
JAUM Company of the Year Competition (deadline 4/10/17 at 5pm)
Otto Bremer Student Entrepreneur of the Year application (deadline 4/10/17)
Check out photos from the 2016 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.