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JA Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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The spirit of our free enterprise system resides in the dreams of our young people. Everyday in Wisconsin there are young people that do what many only dream about. They turn their dream into reality, take a chance on success and have a big impact on the lives of others while doing something they love. Who are they? They are young entrepreneurs.

EY, Junior Achievement and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction would like to give recognition to an individual from 5th grade through 12th grade that is making their mark on our free enterprise system by turning a business idea into a reality; an individual who applied the entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated business knowledge to realize an actual operating business.


You must meet the following requirements:

  • Any student (grade 5th -12th) who is a legal resident of the United States and the State of Wisconsin who is currently enrolled in a primary, middle or high school (public, parochial, private, virtual, or home school).  Applicant does not need to be a JA student.  
  • Owner(s) or manager(s) of a private or public company. Business may be seasonal and must have been in operation since April 29, 2019.  Multiple owners will equally share the scholarship/cash prize.  The business must have been created by the applicant(s), whom must have had continuity of ownership/management throughout the existence of the business.   
  • You are not a previous winner of this award.

Award and Recognition:

One winner will receive a scholarship or cash prize of $1,000.  Winner will also be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Induction Ceremony.  Scholarships may be applied toward expenses at any (post secondary) educational institution.  Financial awards will be mailed directly to the institution in the award recipient's name. Finalist videos will be promoted and shown on the JA of Wisconsin You Tube Channel. Additionally, the winning applicant will be featured on the DPI Young Entrepreneur of the Year webpage.

Judging Criteria

A winner will be chosen based on business success, growth potential, and social involvement. The selection committee also considers the entrepreneur's age when the business was started and any special challenges that had to be faced, strategic direction, innovation, personal integrity, and leadership.

Application Process

2020 Application Now Open!

Deadline: Must be received by February 29, 2020

Please include all application materials. The application can be emailed, faxed or mailed to:

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
Attn: Young Entrepreneur of the Year
11111 W. Liberty Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53224

Email: hpausma@jawis.org

Fax: (414) 577.3872

Winner will be notified by March 20, 2020 and will be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Induction Ceremony on April 29, 2020. Business Attire Required. Time: 5:15 PM networking reception, 6:30 PM dinner and ceremony. Held at The Pfister Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

View the 2020 application form

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Former winners of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

2019 Winner Noah Olson / Brothers Lawncare / Spooner
2018 Winner Charles Rose / Action Asphalt Maintenance / Wausau
2017 Winner Laney Hughes / Shallocat / Westin
2016 Winner Natalie Abbott / West Hill Honey Company / Chippewa Falls
2015 Winnner Andrew Pfluger / AMP Hobby / Green Bay
2014 Winner Carter Drake / Dreamscape Landscaping / Fort Atkinson
2013 Winner Luke Eisner / Luke Eisner DJ & Lighting, LLC / Greenfield
2012 Winner Austin White-Peony / Mad Town Phone Sales / Fitchburg
2011 Winner Candace Wetter / Edge of Town Dairy / Stitzer
2010 Winner Christine O'Neil / Pumpkins with Perspective / Saukville
2010 Winner Matt Meis / Meis P.C. Solutions / Stevens Point
2009 Winner Allison Loderbauer / ABC Balloons / Appleton
2008 Winner Casey Profita / Ace Clothing Industries / Salem
2007 Winner Zach Vruwink / Zach's Computers / Wisconsin Rapids


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