Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Presented by:

EY, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction


 

Now Accepting Applications for 2018!

The spirit of our free enterprise system resides in the dreams of our young people. Every day 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.

Eligibility:

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 19, 2017. 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.
  • Is not a previous winner of this award.

Award and Recognition:

One winner will receive a scholarship or cash prize of $1,000. Winner also will be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Induction Ceremony on April 19, 2018 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. 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. All finalists will receive a certificate signed by Dr. Tony Evers, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. 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 You Tube Channel.

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:

Application date extended! Completed application now must be received by: February 23, 2018. Please include all application materials. 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: hrankin@jawis.org Fax: (414) 577.3872

Winner will be notified by March 9, 2018 and will be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Induction Ceremony on April 19, 2018. Business Attire Required.

Time: 5:15 PM networking reception, 6:30 PM dinner and ceremony.

Held at The Pfister Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

COMPLETE THE 2018 APPLICATION FORM

 

2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year:
Congratulations to Laney Hughes, with Shallocat, on being selected as the 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year presented by EY and in partnership with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

She received a scholarship of $2,000 and was 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. All finalists will receive a certificate signed by Dr. Tony Evers, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. 

 

 

Judging Criteria:
The winner was 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.

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