Spark Hampton Roads is the region's premiere suite of youth entrepreneurship programs, featuring the JA COMPANY PROGRAM, the YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP BOOTCAMP, and the LAUNCH DAY and LIGHT SPEED competitive events.

the ja company program

Junior Achievement's flagship program challenges high school students to work together to launch their own startup.  Through 13 modules, exceptional mentors guide companies from cradle to grave: from ideation to capitalization; from production to liquidation.  A novel blended learning approach gives students 24/7 access to the program and encounters with the bleeding edge of authentic entrepreneurial experiences, including crowdfunding and e-commerce.

Learn more about how Junior Achievement's redeveloped Company Program and its online learning management system will revolutionize entrepreneurship education in Hampton Roads:



JA of Greater Hampton Roads x Virginia Beach City Public Schools Advanced Entrepreneurship & Innovation Course

Each year, Virginia Beach high school students venture into the real, high stakes world of business in their Advanced Entrepreneurship & Innovation course.  At the heart of the curriculum:  the JA Company Program.

Over the course of six months, mentor teams comprised of dynamic Hampton Roads entrepreneurs and business leaders guide student companies through the triumphs and challenges of running a startup. Each of the teams develops a product and tests their mettle on the market and at our Spark Hampton Roads Launch Day and Light Speed events.

The journey begins anew in September.  We are looking for businesses and entrepreneurs to mentor the next generation of student startups.  Find out how you can be involved.


Spark hampton roads: Launch Day | fall

A Pitch and Capitalization Event

spark hampton roads: light speed | spring

A Company of the Year Competition