Hello Achievers and Advisors,

This year, in place of the JA Trade Show, we are hosting the Youth Entrepreneurs Showcase (YES) which provides an opportunity for students to network with peers, showcase your companies and compete for the best sales pitch!

This showcase will have two main parts:

Thursday, March 18th (4 to 6 p.m.) - A Virtual Live Event·
This includes:
  • Keynote speaker     
  • Live pitches reviewed by judges 
  • Opportunity for guests/judges to visit each team at their virtual booths
  • Networking for students

March 18 to 25th - A Week-Long Online Competition for “People’s Choice”
This includes:
  • A public webpage listing all student companies along with their sales pitch videos
  • This webpage will be open to the public and available anytime for guests to visit and vote during this period

Students will have the opportunity to win the following recognitions:
  • People’s Choice Award – based on the number of online votes from the general public
  • Judge’s Choice Award – based on judges’ evaluations at the live showcase – Top 3 will be recognized
  • Achievers’ Choice Award – based on student votes at the live showcase

Winners will receive 15 team challenge points. Winners will be announced at ventureON in May.

Please continue reading below for details on the virtual live event and next steps.
Virtual Live Event Details

Date: Thursday, March 18th
Time: 4 to 6 p.m. 
4:00 to 4:20 p.m. Welcome from JA, Keynote Speaker (15 minutes), Transition time
4:20 to 6:00 p.m. Judges/guests visit student booths and student networking time

The live event will be invite-only and guests will include:
  • Sponsors & JA Stakeholders
  • Judges
  • Advisors
  • CP students
  • One guest (friend or family) per student 
You can interact with guests in your booth on video and in the text chat. 

Team Requirement
We encourage ALL students to attend the showcase, but you are required to have a minimum of 2 students to represent your team at the virtual booths at all times between 4:20 to 6 p.m.

If you have extra members, you can have more than 2 students at your booth but just keep in mind that there is a limit to how many people can be on video and consider what's best for your team's pitch and interactions with guests/judges.

Students who are not at their booth can also network and visit other booths during this time period, as long as there are always 2 students at your booth. Your team is welcome to set your own schedule.

Judging Time
You will be provided with your estimated judging window when the judges will visit your virtual booth and score your team on their sales pitch and virtual booth. Judging should take between 5 to 10 minutes. You will be pitching your company live to the judges so practice your sales pitch!

Virtual Booths & Social Media Promotion
In order to set up your team's virtual booths and promote your company on our social media, we will need the following:

ACTION REQUIRED: Please complete this online form with the above mentioned items by Friday, March 5: https://forms.gle/43RG6Po5XJFHWVmH9
Next Steps

  • Determine your Showcase schedule to ensure you have 2 students at your virtual booth at all times
Should you have questions or concerns regarding any of the above information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at companyprogram@jacentralontario.org

Thank you!

Lucia & Lesley
The Company Program Team
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