JA Entrepreneurship Summit

About JA Entrepreneurship Summit 

The JA Entrepreneurship Summit is an intensive “startup boot camp” where high school students are challenged to design ready-to-launch, socially conscious businesses. The experience culminates in a pitch presentation to a panel of esteemed business leaders.

Over the course of five days, students utilize technology to brainstorm and collaborate with peers, access mini-seminars and workshops, and learn from business leaders and trained volunteer student company advisors. By participating, students develop the technical and soft skills needed to not only become successful entrepreneurs, but also to meet the demands of a rapidly changing economy in a variety of professions and careers.



Students are challenged with proposing business ideas addressing an issue in their community. In addition to proposing an idea for a product or service, students will be tasked with devising a marketing campaign, developing a business model that allows for growth and sustainability, and preparing a business pitch.

Challenge issues: Climate Change, Pollution and Sustainability, Mental Health, Homelessness, and Physical Health.


Instructors and Business Coaches  

Instructors will bring their personal expertise and experience to their volunteer roles.  As an instructor, you will prepare in advance and deliver Junior Achievement’s proven “JA Be Entrepreneurial” curriculum, including Creative Problem Solving and Rapid Business Planning. Instructors will work in teams of two to four to deliver lessons and lead discussions. Business coaches will support student teams during break outs as students work on applying their lessons to the student activities and deliverables.

Location: JA Finance Park Prince George’s County, 960 Nalley Road, Landover, MD (parking on-site)

Time Commitment: (pick one day)

Monday July 24, from 10:45 am to 2:30 pm

Tuesday, July 25, from 10:55 am to 2:50 pm

Wednesday, July 26 from 9:30 am to 2:50 pm


Virtual Volunteer Training 

July 12th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Please create a new account if you don’t have one and login in to register at:  http://jagwsfa.jagw.volunteerhub.com/

Volunteers should bring a non-perishable lunch and/or snacks. All volunteers will need to bring a government-issued photo ID to check in on-site.

Volunteer Materials and Training: 

JA will provide all necessary materials, volunteer packet and training/orientation for each of the volunteer roles. JA staff will be on-site to provide support to ensure each volunteer has a successful and meaningful experience.  An invitation to the Virtual Training session will be sent separately.

Volunteer Registration:  http://jagwsfa.jagw.volunteerhub.com/

Please register by July 11th. Volunteers will sign up through JA’s Volunteer Hub platform. Once registered, volunteers will receive a confirmation email with all the details specific to their volunteer role. Including: training/on-boarding schedule, location, driving directions, as well as a reminder email 3 days prior to the event.

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