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CEO Challenge

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This program is administered by JA of the Michigan Edge
High School
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship High Entrepreneurship
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
THE CEO CHALLENGE is an exciting and successful Junior Achievement High School program focused on developing entrepreneurial thinkers and building leadership skills. Students will set goals, manage time and resources in a real life learning “Shark Tank” like event. The CEO Challenge is an interactive learning experience designed to engage
and inspire students who enjoy risk taking and want to be challenged in unique and fun ways.

CEO Challenge is a career prep approved, tuition free activity. It can be woven into the regular school day or be an after school project. Schools may have multiple teams of
3-6 students; each team receives a $100 stipend to cover team presentation supplies. Teachers receive $400.00.

- A one day Youth Entrepreneurial Summit
- Open to all high school students 10th—12th grade
- Through interactive activities, and networking with other students and local business mentors students are involved in entrepreneurial thinking and high energy team building
- At the end of Spark students get more information about the next steps to Ignite and Launch.

- Students form teams at their schools; each team develops a business idea to present at Launch in March.
- Student driven: Interactive learning modules give students needed skills to create/develop/launch their business concept
- Teachers guide their teams through the JA provided learning modules 1-2 hrs a week
- Local Subject Matter experts provide "real life" knowledge and advice

Saturday March 18, 2023
- All teams give their “business pitch ” in front of the judging panel
- Judges scores determine elimination rounds in a March Madness grid
- The top teams compete one last time to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners
- Teams win cash prizes, scholarships, swag and bragging rights 1st Place team $1,000 cash


CEO Challenge - SPARK
A Young Entrepreneurial Summit

Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 2023
Jackson Area Career Center

Wednesday, Jan. 25th, 2023
LISD Tech Center

CEO Challenge - IGNITE
Feb. 6th - Mar. 17th - At your School
6 Weeks to create your presentation

CEO Challenge - LAUNCH
"Shark Tank" like Pitch
Saturday, March 18th, 2023
9am - 2:30pm

For Details Contact:
Connie Poisson - JA President

Jack Townsley


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