Colorado Springs, Colo.—On Wednesday, June 20, in Washington, D.C., the teen entrepreneurs of Beelieve Inc., representing Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, were selected from among 15 JA student companies as the JA Company of the Year, powered by The Hartford, at Junior Achievement's (JA) 2018 National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS).
In addition to winning the JA Company of the Year title, the Canton-area teens representing the first place student company were each awarded a $4,000 JA Company of the Year Scholarship from The Hartford. The Hartford also provided $2,000 scholarships to the each of the five students representing the second place team and $1,000 scholarships to each of the five students representing the third place team.
Their mission is to help preserve the shrinking bee population by creating more opportunities to pollinate flowers. Beelieve hand-made Seed Bombs designed to be planted in any garden, allowing bees to pollinate more flowers, thus creating a more beautiful world.
Junior Achievement's National Student Leadership Summit is a contest of business skills, ingenuity, and innovation that focuses on the accomplishments of the U.S. JA Company Program ® students, ages 15-19, during the 2017-2018 academic year. Currently reaching more than 10,000 U.S. students who created over 500 start-up ventures, JA Company Program students start and run a real business enterprise under the guidance of a volunteer from the local business community. They devise and market a product or service that fills an unmet consumer need and recruit investors for their company.
The student companies competing at the NSLS were assessed on their financial performance, individual team members' personal and professional development, a self-produced commercial about their product or service, their team's live presentation to a panel of business leaders, and on their company's performance at an Entrepreneurship Expo on Capitol Hill attended by Members of Congress.
"Junior Achievement is empowering these teen entrepreneurs to own their economic success through business proprietorship. It is an exciting opportunity for Junior Achievement students to demonstrate the teamwork, leadership, and innovative thinking that will help them drive success in the business world," said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA.
The following awards were presented last week during ceremonies at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, capping the three-day summit in Washington, DC. The 2018 JA National Student Leadership Summit awards that were presented include:
To view photos and videos from the JA National Student Leadership Summit, please visit www.facebook.com/JuniorAchievementUSA.
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