2018 JA Business Week Projects

What you'll be doing & who you'll be doing it for


Students attending JA Business Week for the first time will design a new product and marketing plan for Otter Products Outdoor line and increase product awareness in this category.  Students will gain access to top-level industry professionals and local entrepreneurs, and see the inner workings of OtterBox’s engineering, testing, and production processes.  JA is grateful for the sponsorship of this project from Fort Collins-based OtterProducts and The OtterCares Foundation.

arrow electronics


Students attending JA Business Week for the second time will join Arrow Electronics to design a program to educate Coloradans about e-waste and recycling by leveraging Arrow’s DigiTruck, a 40-foot steel cargo container converted into a mobile computing unit. JA Business Week companies will design communication and marketing tools to highlight Arrow’s community engagement and devleop a plan to engage community partners and companies in this endeavor.  JA thanks JA Business Week presenting sponsor, Arrow Electronics for making this project possible. 

Yourself, through the JA venture academy!

JA Venture Academy students will dive deeply into what it takes to start their own business right now, as a high school student!  The program was founded in partnership with JA volunteers and successful entrepreneurs Jon Kim, Founder of University of Rock  and Steve Silva, CEO of Generation BBOY who have teamed up with entrepreneur Kelyn Lanier, VP at Praetorian Rx to work closely with the students providing mentorship, training and coaching to help the students learn everything they wish they had known when they were starting out. 

Students returning to JA Business Week for the third or fourth time are not automatically assigned to this project. A limited number of spots are also available to students with special interest in participating in JA Venture Academy, but are not returning for the third or fourth year. These interested students are required to apply for special consideration and spots will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. You can apply for this program by selecting JA Venture Academy in your JA Business Week application. If you have questions, please contact Leah Caputo at LCaputo@JAColorado.org.