$10,000 Awards & Scholarships
Presented by Innovation Champions
Community Partners Supporting JA Company Connection To Real World of Work Career Pathways In Business Management, Finance, Marketing, Sales & Technology
Expanding the JA NextGEN Entrerpeneurs' Challenge from a one-day end-of-the-year competition to a year-long youth entrepreneurship initiative has been a six-month project in partnership with The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Coastal Pet Products, Inc., Timken, Timken Young Professional Network, Walsh University, startupStark!, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio Board of Directors, and the Junior Achievement Northeast Ohio Alumni Association.
Only 15 teams from across the nation are selected for this elite annual competition held in Washington, D.C. for a chance to win additional scholarships and prizes.
- Annual Report – Judged Prior To Competition
- Commercial – Judged Prior To Competition
- Tradeshow Booth - Limited to one 6-foot table
- Live Presentation - Max 4 minutes
Total Score of all 4 criteria areas determines winners.
Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio believes in life long learning and encourages students to expand their education past high school. Our local office offers one-time awards to high school seniors who have participated in JA programs in Stark County, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties of Ohio.
JA NextGEN Entrepreneurs' Challenge
JA Company Program® Education Partners:
JA Company Program® Business Mentors:
JA NextGen Entrepreneurs'
Amanda DeFays , GlenOak HS
Mike Grady, Hoover HS
Scott Pittman, Marlington HS
Aja Tompot, Lake HS
Jim Humiston , Cloverleaf HS
Roger Byran, Enfusen
Joe Schindel, AXA Advisors
Justin Leepley, CWRU School of Law
Denise Sibole, Coastal Pet Products, Inc.
Abigal Harrison, Coastal Pet Products, Inc.
Joe Rozsa, Site14
Reider Carlson, Ladies Super Fitness
Michael Fraser, Avalanche Media
Carl Blaine, Huntington Nation Bank
Justin Smith, Huntington National Bank
Dean Diedort, Huntington National Bank
Dr. Phil Kim, Walsh University
Matt Griffin, Schauer Group
Tony Bell, Geometry Global
Melvin Stobbe, Geometry Global
Jen Draher, Freelace Writer
Josh Harris, Communico LLC.
Barb Palmer, Retired Educator
Lauryn Rosinki, Dot Org Solutions LLC.
Justin Rush, JGR Financial Solutions
Michael Gorfido, Bridge Point
Doug Nidy, Fives Bronx, Inc.
Shannon English-Hexamer, SEM Group
Tabitha Messmore, LaunchNET Kent State
Michael Oesch, Veritas Solutions Group, LLC
Cathy Wyatt, Carpe Diem Coffee Shop
John Myers, The University of Mount Union
Debbie Busby, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
Kevin Surnear, State Farm Insurance
Glen Reichenbach, State Farm Insurance
2019 Junior Achievement
National Student Leadership Summit Finalist
Bats Around Town - GlenOak High School &
Simple Starters - North Canton Hoover High School