Where: Capdevilla Gillespie Center for Junior Achievement
Time: 3:15 PM
Congratulations to San Diego's next generation of entrepreneurs! On April 30th, 17 student teams from 5 high schools presented their companies in a "Shark Tank" style competition in an effort to be named "San Diego Student Company of the Year." Junior Achievement's Company Program Competition was an evening of celebration and inspiration, presented by OtterCares Foundation. Thank you to prize sponsor, Banner Bank and scholarship sponsor, EY.
Local professionals volunteering as judges scored the students in four categories; final presentations, trade show pitches, commercials and company reports. This event was the culmination of a 13 week program. With the help of local mentors and the nationally recognized JA Company Program curriculum, high school teams created their “companies”, including identifying a need, ideation and building a business plan.
A special thank you to Keynote Speaker, Bill Keith, CEO and Founder of Perfect Snacks who shared his entrepreneurial journey and personal story of the lessons he learned in starting and running a business. His inspirational message to the students to “not be afraid of failure and take those challenges as opportunities to learn and grow” was truly impactful!
Thank you to JA Student Ambassador, Isabella Roberts for being our amazing Presentation Emcee!
Thank you to all of the amazing judges, mentors and teachers for their time and dedication to support the local student entrepreneurs!
Congratulations to the 1st Place, “San Diego Student Company of the Year” winners: Braveio from Torrey Pines High School. Braveio is an App allowing high school students to easily enter competitions in various fields (art, writing, etc.) through an online portfolio. It matches them with competitions they may not have found on their own. It may also be used for scholarships and awards.
Congratulations to the 2nd Place winners: STUD from Canyon Crest Academy. STUD is a comany that receives designs made by student artists and puts them onto t-shirts that they sell. A portion of the profit goes back to the student artist in order to support their artistic endevours.
Congratulations to 3rd Place winners: Adol-Essence from Helix Charter High School. Adol-Essence repurposes used clothing into fresh new clothing.
Congratulations to our 4th Place winners: Athlead from Canyon Crest Academy! Athlead’s mission is to make hiring a sports trainer easier and affordable. Athlead’s trainers are high performing high school varsity athletes with leadership qualities. Their trainers facilitate growth, motivation and fun for young athletes. (Due to missing criteria in the 3rd place team’s national submittal materials, the 4th place team will be included in the final national submissions).
Good luck to all our winning teams! They could be selected as one of the top 15 teams to compete at the JA National Student Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. in June.