Wednesday March 20th
9:00AM – 12:00PM
At The University of Mount Union
Hoover-Price Campus Center

420 W Simpson St, Alliance, OH 44601
By Invitation Only 


85 Eighth Grade Students From Five MS Interested In STEM Careers
Introducing MS students to entrepreneurship education & JA Company Program at the high school level.

Students from Alliance, Marlington, Minerva, Oakwood, & North Canton Middle School invited to participate so their MS students can be introduced to JA Company Program opportunities at their high school.


2019 Innovation Invitational Winners




2019 8th Grade JA Company Pitch Presentations




Junior Achievement and The University of Mount Union partnered to host the first annual Innovation Invitational, a high-level event for middle school. Students were invited to learn and implement the elements of a success business startup through STEM careers using hands-on JA curriculum.

Students from Alliance, Marlington, Minvera, Oakwood and North Canton middle schools were invited to participate based on their entrepreneurial spirit and identified interest in a STEM career on their Junior Achievement Financial Literacy, College and Career Readiness day post-test. A JA program that their entire grade level participated in during the 2018-19 school year that educated students about budgeting, insurance, credit vs debit, and college and career planning.

During the Innovation Invitational students heard from The University of Mount Union facility; Eric Young, Director of Admissions and Mike Kachilla, Associate Professor Management and Director of the Entrepreneurship Program and grad student Kayla Ruffner, about strategies to identifying their career paths and opportunities at the University. Eighth grade students were assigned to groups based on their area of interest and mixed in with students from other middle schools. In these groups they were challenged to formulate a business plan and pitch presentation for a halogenerator in one hour with the guidance of JA business volunteers; Robert Garner of Garner Insurance and Financial Services Inc. and Dawn Campanelli, President of Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio. The 12 groups then made a three-minute powerpoint presentation to Mount Union student judges; Abigail Matsushima, AJ Hammond, and Gabby Cataloni, who selected one group to win a prize.

Students were provided the opportunity to build transferable skills in social interaction, problem solving, teamwork and public speaking, while they explore career options in STEM careers thanks to Junior Achievement's school coordinators; Keith Mcgeehen of Alliance, Danielle Hawk of Minerva, Kylie Shackle of Marlington, Tyler Adkins of Oakwood, and Chris Marshall of North Canton and funding generously provided by an adaptative grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.







Funding generously provided by an Adapative Grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.


Campus Grounds Cafe     9:00 Welcome – Mount Union Key Note Speakers
  9:15     Icebreaker – Mount Union 
9:30 – 10:30 

Breakout Groups
(Laptop/Device Needed)

5 Groups
Campus Grounds 

3 Groups
Alumni Room

4 Groups  Newbolt Room


Company Creation
& Product Details

9:45 Marketing Details & Advertisement

& Pitch Work 

10:25 Load Presentation to USB or Share with google drive
Campus Grounds Cafe   10:30

 Pitches & Judging

(3 Minutes each)

 11:30  Lunch 
11:50   Awards, Wrap Up & Dismissal
Questions? Email JA Team Member Alyssa West -

Entrepreneurial Challenge: You have formed a company and created a halogenerator. Competition in this market is growing fast. You will need to formulate your business plan and pitch to investors today. What your company and halogenerator product looks like and does is up to you, there are no limitations. Only one halogenerator company will be selected to receive investment today, how will your company and product stand out?

1. Create a PowerPoint Presentation to demonstrate business fundamentals using the Powerpoint Presentation Templet (Sample Powerpoint Presentation Outline below or click here and duplicate google sheet - Click File then Make a Copy)  *Save Powerpoint to google drive or save to USB* 
2. Create an Advertisement that markets the product to a target audience in a creative an effective manner (Use any medium you want - poster, web, powerpoint ect)
3. Three Minute live presentation pitch using Powerpoint & Advertisement highlighting the best of the business.  Scored based on judging rubric.  
Sample Powerpoint Presentation Templet
Slide 1: Add a creative, personalized cover here. • Include the name of the business • Team members first and last names and school • Business mission statement
Slide 2: Introduce your product • Product Name • Product use/details/ competitive advantages  • Product Sale Price
Slide 3: Financials • Investment Amount Wanted • What do you intend to use investment money for? • Product production cost, time, and resources needed  • Marketing Budget  • Expected Revenue after 1 year
Slide 4: Marketing Plan • Target Market  • Platforms that will be used for marketing • Product Distribution Plan: Where will be the product be sold