The best way to envision your future is to create it.

With the support and guidance of local business volunteer consultants, the JA® Entrepreneurship Summit will push high school students to think out of the box and develop creative solutions. Over the course of three days, students will be presented with a problem and will work in teams to develop solutions that they will ultimately pitch Shark Tank-style. Throughout the summit, students will participate in mini-workshops and challenges that develop both technical skills and soft skills.  These skills are not only important to being a successful entrepreneur but also prepare students to meet the demands of a rapidly changing economy in a variety of professions and careers. 


The 2016 Entrepreneurship Summit was a resounding success. Stay tuned for details about next year's summit and when you can sign up. If you're interested in learning more, please enter your email below so we can stay in touch about 2017 details and registration deadlines.

Highlights from the 2016 Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Summit. We can't wait to see you next year!

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Entrepreneurship Workshops
(Technical skills)

  • Design Thinking/ Lean Start Up
  • Customer Discovery
  • Marketing
  • Business Proposal Development
  • Product Pitching

Professional Development
(soft skills)

  • Teambuilding/Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Personal Branding
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Networking
  • Creativity
  • Project Management
  • Leadership

Please see below for 2016's agenda. Details for the 2017 Summit will be released next spring.


Welcome & Registration
Introduction to Teams for the Week

CHALLENGE: Team Building Challenge

WORKSHOP: Intro to Design Thinking

TEAM TIME: Begin Identifying Potential Solutions

Working Lunch with Mentors

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Customer Discovery

TEAM TIME: Customer Discovery Plan


Closing Remarks & Housekeeping


Welcome & Housekeeping
Speed Problem-Solving

TEAM TIME: Begin Preparing Business Proposal

WORKSHOP: Marketing 101 (challenge included)

TEAM TIME: Prepare Marketing Plan

Working Lunch with Mentors

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Personal Branding, resumes, interviews, etc.

Intro to Pitch Competition

Closing Remarks & Housekeeping


Welcome & Housekeeping


TEAM TIME: Prepare Initial Pitches

Practice Pitches with Business Leaders for Feedback

WORKSHOP: Introduction to funding your idea

TEAM TIME: Finalize Pitches

Working Lunch with Mentors

TEAM TIME: Finalize Pitches

Team Debrief & Expectations for Evening


Pitch competition, Reception & Award Ceremony (friends & family are welcome)