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JA Students Gear for ‘Company of The Year’

Image: JA volunteer Wilton Jeremie pep talks some students.

Beanefield Comp. On Top.

THE much anticipated Junior Achievement Start-up Fete was held on Tuesday at the Union Orchid Gardens with approximately 70 students from seven secondary schools participating in this annual event.

Image: JA volunteer Wilton Jeremie pep talks some students.

The Startup Fete is designed to engage, nurture and inspire students of the JA Company programme in an environment where creativity is unleashed, and participants exploring new and exciting ways of starting and validating their Junior Achievement companies.

Throughout the day, teams focused on marketing and idea generation. A judging panel and mentors consisting of successful entrepreneurs, senior government officers and the 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year were on hand to support and provide one-on-one training on public speaking and assisting students in perfecting their pitch in preparation for presentation at the end of the day.

Pulsating music from DJ Flex welcomed students, mentors and volunteers to an exciting, fun-filled and productive day, with Renwick & Company team members on hand to provide students with Chocolisto beverage on arrival.

Mr. Wilton Jeremie JA volunteer and National Achiever of the Year 2012 and Taiwanese volunteer Ms. Ann Chen were the moderators for the day, keeping the atmosphere energized as students worked in a fun and relaxing environment. Business Development officer of the Small Business Development Centre, Mr. EsliLafeuille, Managing Director of Algas Organics and Mr. Anselm Mathurin of Sales Only App and Commercial Consultant of Yellow Melon Inc. addressed the group; sharing their own personal experience, inspiring students to dream big and taking advantage of the opportunities afforded to them by Junior Achievement.

Newest JA team, Beanefield Comprehensive were the judges favourite idea with the production of Ban Chow – a heart healthy pasta made of green bananas, KupKreationz of Entrepot Secondary securing second place and best pitch and with Doc and Print Express of the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School capturing the third place.
Judges were Ms. Pauline Wolff, Ms. Mindy Chicot, Mr. EsliLafeuille, Mr. Anselm Mathurin and Mr. JohananDujon

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