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A program for improving the entrepreneurial skills of junior high and high school students

A Year as an Entrepreneur

In the program, comprehensive and high school students set up a real business for a semester or a school year and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills.

What is it all about?

“In the JA Company Program young people can put their ideas into practice and learn the skills needed in working life through active learning.”

Virpi Utriainen, Executive Director, JA Company Program

The Junior Achievement's Company Program offers students aged 13–21 the opportunity to learn how to turn a business idea into reality. The program provides teachers with practical material on business, economics and entrepreneurship activities. It is a great way to help students succeed in a global economy.

By challenging the students to launch and run their own business, the JA Company Program unleashes their entrepreneurial spirit. Students experience running their own company for one semester and discover first-hand how a company functions as well as gain insight into how their talents could be used further in working life.

The aim of the JA Company Program is to enable students to start their own real-life business and discover how a company functions in a learning-by-doing environment.

Junior Achievement Finland is a part of the global Junior Achievement network, which is one of the largest providers of education programs for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy, reaching over 10 million students in over 100 countries. The JA Company Program is a Junior Achievement’s program.

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13 - 18
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1–2 teachers depending on the size of the group. If teachers work in pairs, they gain greater benefit from the program. Registration fee of €22 / student and €30 for upper secondary students.
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The model aims to turn ideas into practice by teaching valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Students learn multidisciplinary professional skills and skills needed in the future.


A Year as an Entrepreneur is an open program for everyone. Participation requires merely the institution's decision to begin the program.


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Get inspired and plan a JA Company Programme for your school!
Would you like to inspire and challenge your students in creating their own ventures based on original ideas?
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Contact your local JA Company Program providers
If you wish to implement the JA Company Program in your school outside Finland,  please contact your local Junior Achievement organization.
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Lesson plans
Below are some guidelines that will give you an overall idea on how the steps generally are structured in an entrepreneurial program such as the JA Company Program:
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Participating in international JA competitions
JA Company program businesses can participate in numerous local and global competitions that are organized annually. At the competitions students will be able to showcase their products and companies in a variety of ways.
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