JA StartUp™ gives students insight into the exciting world of entrepreneurship!
Junior Achievement is part of the solution—fueling the entrepreneurial spirit and providing a launch pad for tomorrow's brightest innovators. JA's hands-on entrepreneurship programs expose youth to business concepts—helping them understand that start-up is a viable career option, and providing opportunities to run their own businesses, work as part of a team, and be guided by real-world mentors, including local entrepreneurs and business professionals.
JA StartUp is a comprehensive program designed to give students all the resources and tools needed to become entrepreneurial thinkers and doers!
Contact Andrew Kirk at akirk@JAtoday.org to register your class or to ask about volunteer opportunities.
JA Be Entrepreneurial
7 x 45 min. volunteer visits to the classroom
The program begins with the JA Be Entrepreneurial program taught in the classroom by a volunteer or by a group of volunteers. It includes the following sessions:
Session 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship Students are introduced to the elements of successful business start-ups, myths and facts about entrepreneurship, and participate in a product development competition.
Session 2: What's My Business? Students take on the roles of various entrepreneurs as they develop their product or service idea, and analyze sources of successful entrepreneurial ventures to select a product or service as the basis of their business plan.
Session 3: Who's My Customer? Student groups create and present advertisements to demonstrate how market needs and demographics contribute to successful entrepreneurial ventures.
Session 4: What's My Advantage? Students evaluate actual companies that have excelled in selecting and applying successful competitive advantages.
Session 5: Competitive Advantages Students play a game that demonstrates effective competitive advantages and select the best for their own entrepreneurial venture.
Session 6: Ethics Are Good For Business Students learn through case-studies how being ethical is good for business in the long run.
Session 7: The Business Plan Students apply the key elements of successful entrepreneurs to their product or services and complete a sample business plan.
JA Launch Lesson
1 x 1hr. volunteer visit to the classroom
Either before or after the JA Be Entrepreneurial program is taught, JA Launch Lesson is presented. This one-hour visit is facilitated by a local business owner or entrepreneur. If the JA Be Entrepreneurial program was taught by a business owner, this step may be taught by the same volunteer.
It gives the students the opportunity to hear practical insights about what it takes to own a company.
created by student teams and submitted by deadline
Classes split into as many teams of 3-5 students as desired to create short product or service pitch videos. These products and services are VIRTUAL; it is not expected that the students will indeed follow through to create actual products and services – but of course they are welcome to if they like!
These videos will be viewed and voted on by startup mentors and thought leaders.
StartUp Finals Competition
1 x 6 hr. competition for pitch video finalists in partnership with Virginia Commonwelath University
A select number of teams will be invited to participate in the JA StartUp Finals where they will work with mentors to perfect business plans and pitches and present ideas in a Shark Tank-style competition. The winning team earns a $2,500 scholarship and bragging rights!
business plan; capitalization; company structure; entrepreneurship; financial tools; company launch; leadership; liquidate; marketing; personal action plan; pitch; product development process; product and service evaluation; quality control; sales techniques; supply chain; SWOT analysis.
For more information, please contact Andrew Kirk.
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