Get an edge this Spring by joining Junior Achievement, Montgomery County Public Schools & the Montgomery County Council of PTAs for the
2020 connect business challenge
Students participating in the CONNECT Business Challenge will engage in an after-school program designed around the JA It’s My Business!® Blended curriculum. The program will culminate in students competing against other MCPS students by pitching their ideas at the CONNECT Business Challenge.
What: JA It’s My Business! Blended Model offers middle school students an opportunity to engage in design thinking and experience the initial steps of a business startup with the end goal being that students address a social problem in their local community. Following participation in the program, students will be able to:
Identify their own personal entrepreneurial characteristics.
Engage in the process of design thinking to empathize with a problem in their local community.
Develop a business startup from its ideation, innovation, and market research through its design and prototyping.
Pitch their new business idea to a panel of judges.
Who: 6th-8th grade MCPS students
How: Schools interested in participating in the CONNECT Business Challenge must commit to the following:
Identify a location in your school for students to meet one afternoon per week throughout the 3rd quarter. Must have projection capability.
Identify at least one teacher that will serve as the JA It’s My Business facilitator each week.
Recruit students to participate in the program—students should expect to attend the program each week.
Recruit parents to serve as support volunteers as available.
Coordinate transportation to CONNECT Business Challenge in May at JA Finance Park® Montgomery County.
JA provides curriculum free of cost and training for the teacher/volunteers to implement the program.
When: The program should be completed during the 3rd quarter. A minimum of six sessions are required for students to complete, but nine sessions are recommended.
Meeting and pitch competition dates and times are TBD Spring 2020.
Where: Meetings will take place at the student’s home school. Pitch competition will take place at JA Finance Park® Montgomery County.