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Sign up for Company Program2020-11-18T10:28:21-08:00

The JA Company Program is a 16-week course that allows students in grades 8-12 to learn about business and entrepreneurship.

Students from across BC and Yukon- Join us this fall and walk away with the tools and resources required to build your own start-up! You will be placed in a team and will work collaboratively with students from all across BC to learn about human centered design thinking, creative product development, product life cycles, e-commerce, app development and more. You’ll also develop your teamwork, decision making and critical thinking skills.

Over the course of four months, you will run your own business, from idea generation to company liquidation. You will use real money, real products and have real customers. You will be part of a group of inspired and prepared individuals creating business strategies and personal action plans.

Who Can Participate?

  • Students in grades 8-12 from across BC and Yukon are invited to join at no cost.

Program Dates

  • Begins week of November 16, 2020 and concludes week of April 19, 2021.
  • Meetings will run Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Students will be asked to pick one night to attend the meeting online for the entirety of the program.
  • The program will not run over December or March breaks.

Time Commitment

  • Two hours each week (includes weekly team meetings and workshops) + individual prep work.


  • All meetings will be virtual. Access to a computer/mobile device and internet is required.

Mentorship Opportunities

  • Students get the opportunity to work with business leaders and entrepreneurs from across BC.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Click on the Apply Now button and fill out the online form
  • Step 2: After application has been approved, you will be sent a registration form to complete in order to secure your spot in the program
Registration Closed for 2020/21

Deadline to apply: Friday, October 30, 2020

Why sign up for JA Company Program?

With the UN Decade of Action calling for accelerated sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges by 2030, there’s no better time than now to tackle some of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Address important topics such as Climate Action, Life Below Water, Reduced Inequalities and many more in your own innovative solutions to spark social change in your very own community.


  • Gain valuable business experience, job and leadership skills

  • Compete for awards and scholarships through JABC and JA Canada

  • Obtain valuable contacts and references

  • Build your CV for university and job applications

  • Counts toward Work Experience requirements of your school

  • Experience the enjoyment and excitement of entrepreneurship!


  • Help guide a young person’s career path
  • Enhance your own business and facilitation skills

  • Network with other volunteers

  • Help build talent needed for the future

Learn more about Volunteering
View Company Program Flyer
View Volunteer Mentor Flyer
Educators: Learn about JA Company Program- In-School

Look at some recent JA Company Program ventures


wooden coasters

Alexander Academy Health

hand santizers


waterproof bag covers


repurposed leather coffee sleeves


bike signalling device

Recycled Sounds

speaker & smartphone accessory

Need more inspiration? Check out these previous JA Student Companies that applied for Awards and Scholarships

Apiary Logo
BeeFresh Logo
Klick Logo
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See our generous JA Company Program Sponsors on our JA Company Program- In-School page

Some of our frequently asked questions:

What if I’m not interested in business? Is this program for me?2018-08-28T05:59:59-07:00

JA Company Program isn’t just for future entrepreneurs. No matter where you are headed, you will acquire real life knowledge that can help you on your career path. You will develop important presentation, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and communication skills which are valuable in any job.

What type of business do I start?2018-08-28T05:59:53-07:00

You and your teammates have the freedom to brainstorm and go through the creative process to decide on any product you’d like. The Company Program  page has some past student projects for inspiration.

Can I bring my friends or family to a meeting?2018-08-28T05:59:46-07:00

Only students who have registered online can attend the meetings. If there is still room at the location you’ve signed up for, invite your friends to register online to participate.

How much does it cost?2018-08-28T05:59:40-07:00

It’s free! Thanks to our many donors and volunteers, we are able to provide this program to students at NO COST! You are only responsible for your transportation to and from meetings and any meals/snacks.

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