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JA New York Business Plan Competiton

JA NY Business Plan Competition
The JA New York Business Plan Competition (BPC) is an intensive entrepreneurship education experience for high school students generously funded by G.C. Andersen Partners, ICE NYSE Foundation, and Delta Air Lines, Inc. Since its inception in 2008, over 7,500 high school students have received valuable business and entrepreneurship education. Students work in small teams to create a viable business plan for a product or service. Click here to read about the 2019 BPC winners.
Several rounds of online and live competition determine the top three teams to receive cash prize awards and a trophy for their school. First, second, and third place prizes totaling nearly $220,000 since the program's inception have been awarded to competitors who presented the strongest, most creative, and innovative business plans. Past participants have gone on to create successful business enterprises of their own.

How Do Students and Volunteers Benefit From Participation?

Business Plan Competition students learn key business concepts and skills while developing a blueprint strategy to launch a new product or service. The unique curriculum helps students get excited about the world of business and entrepreneurship and empowers them to use entrepreneurial thinking to create value, in their own companies or working for someone else. The small group sessions with "real world" business volunteers personalize the student experience.
Volunteers benefit from mentoring the students over the course of two months as they deepen their connection with the teams. Their professional experiences and insights help students learn what it takes to work collaboratively with a team to create a successful business.

Click here to see photos of the 2019 Business Plan Competition Finals, hosted by Winston & Strawn LLP. You can also check out past media coverage below:

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Educators: Due to high demand, this program is only open to select JA New York partner schools. To learn more about how you can work with JA New York, please click here to learn more about how we partner with schools. Please note that the Business Plan Competition is a very intensive program and that students will need access to computers/Internet at least once per week, as well as class time outside of the volunteer visits.
Volunteers: Interested in coaching students? JA New York will provide all curriculum, training, and support for your commitment. The program requires six 45-minute sessions with your assigned BPC class. To ensure a high level of support for students, we aim for 2-3 volunteers per class. If you would like to partner with friends or colleagues, please let us know – otherwise, we may place you with other volunteers.
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2019 Sponsors

The program is made possible by generous support from: Presenting Sponsor, ICE NYSE Foundation; Major Partner Sponsor, Delta Air Lines; Founding Partner Sponsor, G.C. Andersen Partners, LLC; and In-kind Partners, The Bernstein Center at Columbia Business School and Winston & Strawn LLP.

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Sponsorships for these events are critical for Junior Achievement to continue providing life-changing programs to students in our community. These programs are delivered at no cost to students. You can make a difference in the lives of these students by participating in this world-class event! Contact us to get more information on how to become a sponsor.

WT Clarke High School Takes First Prize at
JA New York's 12th Annual Business Plan Competition

On Wednesday, June 5, aspiring entrepreneurs Abishek Ravindran, Shayan Huda, Makaeel Sheikh, and Louis Zaino from WT Clarke High School led their team to victory in the final round of Junior Achievement of New York's 12th Annual High School Business Plan Competition (BPC). Their proposed idea – InnoAir – is a reusable alternative to inhaler actuators that would offer consumers with asthma an exciting product that would reduce the amount of waste caused by single-use plastic actuators. 

InnoAir creatively solved a problem centered on this year's theme: sustainable solutions to Americans' dependency on plastic. Members of the winning team each received a cash prize of $1,500 and a trophy for their school. Edward R. Murrow High School's team, Snack n' Bottle, placed second, and Brooklyn Technical High School's team, ePlastic, placed third.

"The goal of the competition is to encourage students to consider entrepreneurship as a pathway to success and to inspire them to think critically as they enter the real world," said Joseph A. Peri, President and CEO of JA New York. "We're grateful to our sponsors, judges, and volunteers for investing time and expertise to empower the next generation of innovators and leaders."

The final round's judges included: Scott Gerber, The Community Co. and Young Entrepreneur Council; Kim Kaupe, The Superfan Company; Christopher Cruz, Searchlight Capital; and Chuck Imhof, Delta Air Lines.

The program is possible by support from: Presenting Sponsor, ICE NYSE Foundation; Major Partner, Delta Air Lines; Founding Partner, G.C. Andersen Partners, LLC; and In-Kind Sponsor, Winston & Strawn, LLP.

  • "JA activities support our college and career readiness expectations as they bridge connections to real world experiences and professions" – Hazel Cruz, PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Teacher
  • "I learned that running a business includes a lot of work! You have to know how to run it, how much to pay your employees and much more." – PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Student
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    -Junior Achievement Student
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    -Junior Achievement Alumnus
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