2022 JA National Student Leadership Summit

Are you participating in JA Company Program? Join JA teen entrepreneurs and student startups to compete on the national stage!


Students will gain many valuable experiences:

  • Engage with innovation, business, and entrepreneurship experts

  • Professional development seminars

  • Entrepreneurship Expo on Capitol Hill

  • JA Company of the Year team presentation and interview with judges’ panel

  • National recognition of finalists and winners

  • Exposure to a national network of teen entrepreneurs

Awards and Prizes

JA student startups compete for national honors, prizes, and college scholarships.

Awards include:

  • JA Company of the Year – First, Second, and Third Place

  • Delta Social Impact Award

  • ICE NYSE Foundation Best Financial Performance Award

  • Other Awards to be Announced

Competition Timeline

  • April 25-May 6, 2022 Student Company Online Submission of JA Company Report and Commercial/Video

  • May 13, 2022 Finalists Announced

  • May 20, 2022 Complete Event Registration

  • June 19-23, 2022 JA NSLS including JA Company Presentation and Interview

How It Works

The Summit is Junior Achievement’s opportunity to celebrate the achievements of students from across the United States. This pinnacle event brings 15 JA student companies to Washington, D.C. for three days of high impact JA experiences. Students will demonstrate their business acumen, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking in a competitive environment—showcasing their companies to Members of Congress and business leaders. In addition to the competition, JA Company Program students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops led by national experts in innovation, entrepreneurship, and business.

JA student companies appear before a panel of independent judges who measure the company’s performance against competition criteria and each other. But winning takes more than creating an exciting product/service or running a financially sound business. The winning teams must balance company performance with each member’s personal development. The 4Cs: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication, are key to success.

Eligibility and Submission Process

  • All submissions must be received no later than Friday, May 6, 2022

  • JA Companies must have participated in JA Company Program® during the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Only JA Area staff may register student companies for consideration. JA Companies wishing to be considered must provide their local JA Area with their JA Company Program company report and commercial/video.

  • If selected as a finalist, a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 students are allowed to represent their student company at the virtual JA National Student Leadership Summit.

  • Please see 2022 NSLS Guidelines and Criteria for additional information.


Please contact Andy Schenck at andy.schenck@ja.org.

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