On Saturday, April 6, 2019, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington presented the first annual JA Spark Tank Competition, the culminating Shark Tank-style pitch competition and exposition for all JA Company Program® students in the region. The event was hosted at Marymount University – Ballston Center in Arlington, VA.
On Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, SUNNIVA Super Coffee, JA's 2017 Entrepreneurship Summit business partner, sought out an investment on ABC's hit TV show "Shark Tank."
Junior Achievement (JA) of Greater Washington announced today that it will be inspiring high school students during November with the JA Launch Lesson, sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP. The initiative, designed to coincide with National Entrepreneurship Month, will put entrepreneurs into high school classrooms across America during the week to share what inspired them to start their own business and to open students’ eyes to the opportunities provided by entrepreneurship. JA of Greater Washington will be working with local entrepreneurs to impact students across the Washington DC Metro area.
On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 15 student entrepreneurs from around the Greater Washington region participated in a Shark Tank-style pitch competition. The three teams presented their entrepreneurial business ideas in front of a panel of business professionals as well as parents and community members. To prepare for this culminating event the students completed a three-day program full of challenges, and working sessions. The students were assigned an adult mentor and ultimately tasked with finding a creative, innovative, and sustainable business solution to the challenge presented to them. Junior Achievement’s partner in this summit, Community Business Partnership (CBP), led sessions on pitching, customer discovery and marketing.
Mission-driven organizations were first popularized as a term in the early 2000s, but have recently gained even more momentum and popularity as consumers begin to demand that the companies and organizations they support act in socially responsible ways.
However, in those few short years, the sector has both expanded and changed dramatically. In education in particular, mission-driven organizations have begun to feel some tension as the students they often reach out to prefer screens to paper, styluses to pencils, swiping to flipping a page. Junior Achievement, the Colorado Spring, Colorado-based nonprofit organization that aims to "inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy," has in fact, however, taken this potential strain in stride.
A new study from Junior Achievement USA (JA) shows that 42 states now have K-12 standards, guidelines or proficiencies in entrepreneurial education, up from 19 in 2009.* Additionally, the number of states requiring entrepreneurship education courses offered in high school has risen from five to 18 over the same period. JA, which conducted a review of state requirements, released the report as part of National Entrepreneurship Month, which occurs in November.