Mount Union Proud to Host Junior Achievement “NextGen” Challenge April 25

April 12, 2017

JA LogoALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union is excited to host more than 300 high school students, advisors and families from across East Central Ohio on its campus for the Junior Achievement (JA) NextGen Entrepreneur’s Challenge on Tuesday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

According to the JA website, for nearly 100 years, JA is a global organization that has been supporting youth entrepreneurship education by providing the real-world situations for students to practice their skills in the field. JA mentors work with educators to inspire student’s creativity and help guide them in their future endeavors.

Three competitions will be held during the day: JA Titan, JA Pitch It! and JA Company. Each of these programs award prizes to the winners in the forms of cash, gift cards, or bonuses to help continue the student’s newly-formed companies or reward the extra-curricular effort.

Students apply their knowledge to real-world problems for each of the three events. JA Titan is an online business strategy competition in which students compete for industry market share across multiple quarters of a business cycle. JA Pitch It! requires students to develop strategies for advertising, financing and marketing of a project and then pitch that project to a panel of judges. 

The JA Company event is directly applicable to much of what current students in Mount Union’s entrepreneurship program. Students participating in this event lead a company they form and demonstrate innovation, financial performance, marketing, sales and human resource management.

“JA teaches the principles of entrepreneurship throughout their programs,” said John Myers, entrepreneur-in-residence at Mount Union. “When their students leave high school and move on to their futures they take those lessons with them, and for those that decide to pursue a college education, they are prepared to participate in our entrepreneurship program. We are proud to host the JA Titan competition on our campus and look forward to the opportunity to expose the students to the look and feel of a top end institution of higher learning.”

In addition to the NextGen Challenge, Mount Union’s 10th annual Students Celebrating Our Latest Academic Research (SCHOLAR) Day will be taking place throughout Mount Union’s campus on April 25. The day will be one in which students from across the region will not only compete on behalf of JA, but also get to see examples of some of the intellectual accomplishments of current Mount Union students.

For more information about the JA NextGen Entrepreneur’s Challenge, visit

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