On Thursday, April 5th, JA in partnership with the Round Rock Chamber and Round Rock ISD, co-hosted the first annual RRISD Entrepreneurship Showcase. The showcase featured the five student-led companies that were launched during the 2017-2018 school year and provided an opportunity for students to deliver a final executive summary of their company's performance to their peers and the community.
Prior to the 2017-2018 school year, RRISD high school students had access to only one semester of entrepreneurship education. With an expansion in offerings, high school students now have access two semesters of entrepreneurship education and are able to participate in the JA Company Program that provides them with the skills and tools to launch their own companies.
Through this expansion with Round Rock ISD and a partnership with the Round Rock Chamber Junior Achievement has been able to serve over 100 high school students with entrepreneurship programming.
Congratulations to our RRISD Entrepreneurship Showcase winners:
- Global Connection Award- Stony Pop from Stony Point High School
- Innovative Product Award- Dura Cables from Cedar Ridge High School
- Know Your Market Award- Point Attire from Stony Point High School
- Outstanding Marketing Award- StickED from McNeil High School
- Social Impact Award- ONZ from Round Rock High School
Thank you to our Guest Judges:
- Bill Combes, Co-founder and CEO, No Time For Social
- Jeremy Ransom, Founder and CEO, CTX Capital Group, LLC
- Selicia Sanchez-Adame, Founder and CEO, Think Group Austin
Finally, thank you to our teachers who opened their classrooms and went on this crazy adventure with us. You have been the greatest support system for their students, and volunteers through the ups and downs of running a business. Thank you so much for allowing us to work with you and your students, we cannot say enough about how hard you work and how amazing you are. Thank you to Diane Wedig, Vera Cruz, Tiffanie Harrison and Bob Moliski.
We also want to take this time to thank our wonderful JA volunteers as well. These community members have volunteered countless hours to deliver the JA Company program to their classes, answer emails, help sort out bank accounts, you name it! They are the best mentors and sounding boards that we could ask for to lead this program. Thank you for all of your dedication and support, without you JA would be nothing. Bill Taylor, Dennis Menendez and Mark Richardson.