entrepreneurship at light speed!

JA SPARK TANK: LIGHT SPEED CROWNS JA COMPANY OF THE YEAR: Focus360!

Focus360 will appear in a feature on ABC 13's Hampton Roads Business Weekly with Cheryl Tan and Zack Miller and took home $500 in seed funding to continue their business.  Read more about Light Speed in Inside Business, here.

Focus360 of Kempsville Entrepreneurship and Business Academy took home top honors as JA Company of the Year (pictured with teacher Ashley Houchins and Cheryl Tan of Hampton Roads Business Weekly)!

Focus360 of Kempsville Entrepreneurship and Business Academy took home top honors as JA Company of the Year (pictured with teacher Ashley Houchins and Cheryl Tan of Hampton Roads Business Weekly)!

VB Pockets of Kellam High School was First Runner Up and won Best Annual Report and Best Commercial (Pictured with teacher Jason Copeland and JA President Frank E. Hughlett).

VB Pockets of Kellam High School was First Runner Up and won Best Annual Report and Best Commercial (Pictured with teacher Jason Copeland and JA President Frank E. Hughlett).

Candy Rain of Green Run High School was Second Runner Up (Pictured with teacher Kerri Sabo, TA Ms. Eubanks, and JA President Frank E. Hughlett).

Candy Rain of Green Run High School was Second Runner Up (Pictured with teacher Kerri Sabo, TA Ms. Eubanks, and JA President Frank E. Hughlett).

Ink. Inc of Cox High School won the first-ever Light Speed Dating elevator pitch competition (Pictured with teacher Jade Bolling and JA President Frank E. Hughlett).

Ink. Inc of Cox High School won the first-ever Light Speed Dating elevator pitch competition (Pictured with teacher Jade Bolling and JA President Frank E. Hughlett).

2017 SPARK TANK: LIGHT SPEED | BEST COMMERCIAL VIDEO | VB POCKETS, KELLAM HIGH SCHOOL


we have liftoff!

ja spark tank: launch day a tremendous success

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THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL MENTORS, TEACHERS, JUDGES...AND, OF COURSE, STUDENTS...FOR AN UNBEATABLE EVENT!

In our first youth entrepreneurship competition of the year, 40 student companies from 13 Hampton Roads high schools pitched their business concepts and vied for critical capital to take their ventures to the stratosphere.  The teams competed on two challenging fronts (see below), and in the end, seven incredible companies took home a piece of the $1,500 JA Spark Fund Grants suite.

WHAT HAPPENS AT SPARK TANK: LAUNCH DAY?

Proceedings began with a VIP Keynote Address from Nancy L. Grden, Executive Director of the
Strome Entrepreneurial Center at Old Dominion University.  That was just the beginning... Learn more about
our stellar lineup of challenges for our young entrepreneurs and how YOU can invest in their businesses.

PITCH AND CATCH FIRE

Each student company gets three minutes to pitch its business concept to a panel of discerning VIP judges...and a room full of its closest competitors.  At stake?  $1,250 in JA Spark Fund grants awarded to the top six to help capitalize their ventures.

QUANTUM CHALLENGE

Our companies compete in this extemporaneous challenge: just 20 minutes to create a business solution to a pressing community problem and then deliver a one-minute pitch to a panel of decision-makers.  The best one nets $250 in grant funding.

JA LAUNCH PAD

Our student ventures go digital.  Each team creates an online crowdfunding page on Indiegogo to throw into the crucible of the JA Launch Pad.  Anyone can be a backer and help the students capitalize during this two-week companion event.  Learn more below. 

OUR 2016 SPARK TANK: LAUNCH DAY WINNERS!

PITCH AND CATCH FIRE GRAND CHAMPION
$500 SPARK FUND GRANT
I MUA
KELLAM HIGH SCHOOL

QUANTUM CHALLENGE CHAMPION
$250 SPARK FUND GRANT
FOCUS 360
KEMPSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

PITCH AND CATCH FIRE RUNNER-UP
$300 SPARK FUND GRANT
VB POCKETS
KELLAM HIGH SCHOOL

PITCH AND CATCH FIRE - 3RD
$200 SPARK FUND GRANT
CANDY RAIN
GREEN RUN HIGH SCHOOL

PITCH AND CATCH FIRE - 4TH
$125 SPARK FUND GRANT
MANE'S MEMORIES
TALLWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

PITCH AND CATCH FIRE - 5TH
$75 SPARK FUND GRANT
INK, INC.
COX HIGH SCHOOL

PITCH AND CATCH FIRE - 6TH
$50 SPARK FUND GRANT
LUXENVISION
BAYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL


JUDGES' PANEL SPONSOR

 

 


2015-16 spark tank events 

2016 JA COMPANY OF THE YEAR

MEMORY LIGHTS - KEMPSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Check out Memory Lights' commercial video!

2016 LIGHT SPEED EXPO JURY GRAND PRIZE

CHOOSE HAPPINESS - KELLAM HIGH SCHOOL

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Check out Choose Happiness' commercial video!