Junior Achievement (JA) Business week is a fun, intensive, one-week boot camp in which you will work in “companies” with each other, develop a product, and pitch it to local entrepreneurs in a Shark Tank-style competition.
Along the way, you will learn how to network effectively and sharpen your presentation skills and will gain advising by local business leaders. You will test drive the college experience by staying in the dorms at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, giving you a sneak peek into campus life.
This unique program allows teenagers to explore leadership concepts and build confidence alongside 120 of Denver’s most dynamic and accomplished business leaders. In addition to interactive workshops on marketing, business ethics and budgeting, the week culminates in a competition between student “companies.”
Students attending JA Business Week for the first time will work on designing a new product and marketing plan for Otter Products, an electronics accessory company headquartered in Fort Collins. Returning students will work as business consultants. Students returning can also choose to dive deeply into what it takes to start their own business right now, with the guidance of three young entrepreneurs.
“I’ve attended JA Business Week for three years, and each year was better than the last,” says program veteran, Mark Calkins. “JA Business Week will be my favorite memory I have had during my high school career and has taught me more than anything else I have done.”
Contact: Junior Achievement Business Week
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