Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative

youth_entrep_image_webThe Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative is a multi-year initiative to promote entrepreneurship and its opportunities to youth, educating and inspiring young people to embrace entrepreneurial thinking to drive innovation and strengthen our global economy. Guided by our strategic plan, the fund will support relevant programming, focused research, innovative strategies, and partnership development.

The fund will accelerate our vision of expanding entrepreneurship education and ensuring students learn global trade, risk-taking, and the role of philanthropy to create long-term sustainable solutions. Interaction between students and adults across our three-state region will build tolerance of different cultures, ideas, perspectives and attitudes experienced in a global economy.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative will support the following activities:

  • Developing the first-of-its-kind JA Innovation Incubator for high school students to develop their entrepreneurial interests and ideas.
  • Growth of JA Company Program
  • JA Entrepreneurship camps to introduce elementary and middle school students to the opportunities of entrepreneurship and innovative thinking
  • JA Meda Fellows Program to develop young entrepreneurs of color, piloted in 2018 at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis
  • JA LaunchU, an after-school program held in Junior Achievement’s Innovation Incubator, that equips high school students with the skills needed to launch their own small business.
  • Cultivate partnerships with out-of-school organizations focused on social ventures.

EcoSlurp – 2019 JAUM Company of the Year

Annually, at the JAUM Company of the Year Competition, we recognize the students from winning team as Otto Bremer Scholars. Each student will receive a $1,000 post secondary scholarship sponsored by the Otto Bremer Trust. Congratulations to the 2019 JAUM Minnesota Company of the Year, EcoSlurp, from Mounds View High School. EcoSlurp provides an eco-friendly bubble tea straw alternative that biodegrades 250 times faster than a regular plastic straw. View their competition commercial here.

We also recognize the Otto Bremer Student Entrepreneur of the Year, awarded to an officer of one of the JAUM Company of the Year competing teams. Congratulations to Brandon Arneson, the 2019 winner from Edison High School (Minneapolis), who received a $1,000 post-secondary scholarship.

Brandon Arneson (3rd from left) – 2019 Otto Bremer Student Entrepreneur of the Year