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Company of the Year Competition

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The JA Company of the Year Competition is conducted in all six JA operating regions around the world. In 2010, the first ever Africa Region JA Company of the Year Competition was held in Nairobi, Kenya and was made possible through sponsorship by Barclays which again sponsored the 2011 event in Accra, Ghana.

The 3 day competition is JA Africa’s annual celebration of the achievements of JA Company Program students in the region.

Student teams from countries across the region compete in this contest of business skills, ingenuity and innovation that focuses on the accomplishments of African JA Company Program® students, ages 15-19.

The competition is not simply a business competition for young people. The goal is to balance the business achievements of each company as a whole with the personal development of each individual member.

 Therefore, for a company to win this award, it is not sufficient just to run a financially successful JA company or to have created an exciting product or service. JA company members must also demonstrate that they understand how and why the company performed as it did.

JUDGING

Judges will be looking for evidence of innovation and the application of new ideas in all aspects of running the company. They also will look for an understanding that continuous improvement through innovation is essential to the success of a business.

The four stages of the competition are:

  1. Company report 

    The company report is an opportunity to summarize the company’s business operations and reports. It is an important record of what was learned and achieved.

  2. Business presentation 

    The business presentation should summarize the key experiences and achievements of the company. Try to bring to life and include the accomplishments and challenges of your business’s endeavor for the audience. What you have learned from your mistakes and subsequent solutions is as important as your achievements.

  3. Trade booth display and interviews at the booth 

    The booth should display the company’s product and/or demonstration of service. This is your company’s direct encounter with the members of the judging panel in a marketplace environment. Keep this in mind when preparing for this stage of the competition

  4. Interview with the judging panel 

     This is a very important aspect of the competition because the judges can ask any questions about the company. Judges likely will probe company members on their understanding of how and why the company performed as it did, the general lessons they gained from the experience, and how these lessons might be applied in a new business context. 

ELIGIBILITY

JA Companies must have been active in the local JA Company Program during the current school year or the year before. The local JA Company Program should be a    Secondary/High School program, and not a Graduate/University program.

Students representing their companies in the competition must be at least 15 years old.

The maximum number of participants per Company Program is four studentsand two students for ITS TYME.