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

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 looked for evidence of innovation and application of new ideas in all aspects of company operations.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

  • First Place – EcoSlurp, Mounds View High School (Arden Hills)
  • Second Place – WriteCase, Mounds View High School (Arden Hills)
  • Third Place – Stress Less, Edison High School (Minneapolis)

The first and second place teams were chosen to compete at the JA National Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, June 16-20, 2019. They were two of only 15 teams from across the country to receive this honor. Brandon Arneson, a senior at Edison High School and member of the Stress Less team, was named the 2019 Otto Bremer Minnesota Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

Check out photos from the 2019 JAUM Company of the Year Competition
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