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Three Companies Go for the Win at Junior Achievement’s Entrepreneurs Showcase

May 20, 2013

Young entrepreneurs from Harmonium advance to the national competition

On Thursday, at Junior Achievement of San Diego’s The Next Big Thing: Entrepreneurs Showcase presented by Cymer, Inc., nine student-run companies competed to be named the Student Company of the Year.

All part of JA Company Program, the student entrepreneurs came from Barrio Logan, City Heights, Chula Vista, Poway, San Marcos and Mira Mesa schools for a chance to advance to the Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. this summer. The judges from Cymer, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Point Loma Nazarene University and Big Bamboo, LLC picked the winners based on their marketing and financial performances, professionalism and business pitches.

During the two eight-minute pitches, Re-Boxed from Harmonium wowed with their products—eco-friendly shadowbox photo frames—winning the first place trophy. Westview High School’s Beyond, Inc. took home second place for their clothing line promoting unity and self-value. Winning the third place and The Best Showcase Award, Westview’s Active Youth Sports, presented their afterschool sports clinic for elementary school students.

Moreover, High Tech High North County’s Undercover—the company that creates “secret” wallets and file folders from recycled books—got awarded The Ingenuity Award for the most creative product. Monte Vista High School’s Get It Here Spirit Gear—the high school spirit-wear company—received The Best Profit-Margin Award for the most advantageous financial performance.

MC’ing the trade show, JA Company Program alumnus Andre Hosseinpour shared with the young leaders his life since Junior Achievement’s Entrepreneurs Showcase that he participated in last year. Hosseinpour, Westview High School’s 2013 graduate and the in-coming San Diego State University freshman, founded his company Place-Mate as part of JA Company Program last spring.

During the dinner program, another alumnus Michael Burrafato related to the students by sharing his experience at JA Company Program in Chicago, and Cymer’s Arash Malekahmadi’s speech inspired the companies to succeed.

On Sunday, Junior Achievement USA® announced Re-Boxed as one of the 15 companies in the nation to go to the Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit in June. At the summit, the team will make a commercial about their product, give a presentation to a judging panel and will compete in a trade fair. Plus, through a series of hands-on workshops, students will learn teamwork and leadership skills while developing feasible business solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.

To learn more about JA Company Program, visit Junior Achievement’s YouTube page. Learn more about Junior Achievement of San Diego County at www.jasandiego.org.

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT is a worldwide nonprofit organization that empowers young people to own their economic success. Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties is working locally to reach 46,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2011-2012 school year, which takes 5,500 volunteers who will lead classes and experiential programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit www.jasandiego.org.

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