Press Releases

San Diego's Teen Entrepreneurs are celebrating for scoring 1st, 2nd, 3rd place at Junior Achievement’s Company Program High School Competition

April 26, 2017

(SAN DIEGO, CA)  — San Diego's teen entrepreneurs are celebrating for scoring 1st, 2nd, 3rd place for creating the “best start-up company” at Junior Achievement’s Company Program High School Competition. 

Sponsored by the OtterCares Foundation, the event on Thursday, April 20, allowed fourteen student companies to pitch their products and services to a panel of judges from OtterBox, PEERS Network, i.d.e.a. and Pro Back Office, featured in the below photo.  

The students are judged on ingenuity, marketing and finance. The young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to compete at the Junior Achievement national competition to be held this summer in Washington, D.C. The annual JA Company of the Year Competition, presented by The Hartford, is a contest of business skills, ingenuity and innovation that focuses on the accomplishments of teen teams from U.S. JA Company Program with nearly 14,000 U.S. students, ages 15-19, participating in the program.

 Congratulations to the following winning teams:

  • 1st place:  Coffishake  Canyon Crest Academy.  The student team designed and created a portable coffee-shaker that allows you to brew hot coffee or tea on the go. 
  • 2nd Place:  VestraVerbam Westview High School.  The student team created bracelets with a one word messaging that inspires and empowers young adults.
  • 3rd Place: The Bigger Picture from Grossmont High School.  The student team created a digital app to help teens have an easier time when applying for college and university.  The app includes deadlines for admissions, scholarship opportunities and a student loan calculator.
  • Ingenuity Award, Jabberwocky Media from San Dieguito Academy.  The CEO of the media company created a website where online visitors can share reviews of popular movies, TV shows, music and books.
  • Best Showcase Booth, Pasta Man Tony from San Dieguito Academy.   The high-school chefs shares their love of pasta with the world by showcasing quick, easy, and fun recipes that anyone can do on their new You-Tube cooking channel. 

The teen companies are a part of the JA Company Program®, in which high school students start and manage their own businesses from the ground-up.  Students must decide on a product or service, market it to their classmates, family and neighbors, and carry the responsibility of managing company finances under the guidance of a JA mentor. This program is a hallmark of JA that started back in 1919.