Junior Achievement Company of the Year Competition

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest held its annual Company of the Year Competition last month, where 44 students from five Minnesota high schools demonstrated their business acumen. Five students from Mounds View High School won the competition with their business, Leozarb, an interactive eBook designed to immerse students in a second language.

This is the third year in a row that the Otto Bremer Trust has supported the Junior Achievement Company Program through a $1 million multi-year initiative to promote entrepreneurship and its opportunities to students in Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. The Company of the Year Competition provides students the opportunity to start a real company in which they create a product or service, market it and work as a team to operate their own company as part of a school-based organization, club or after-school setting. The program emphasizes business content while providing the opportunity to apply school skills to a real business.

The competition also named the third annual Otto Bremer Student Entrepreneur of the Year. This year’s recipient is Conor Friedman, a senior at Maple Grove High School and member of the third place JA Company Program team, Crimson Corner. Friedman received a $1,000 post-secondary scholarship sponsored by Otto Bremer Trust.

For more information, please visit: jaum.org.