JA North LaunchU!

Launch your Business. Be an Entrepreneur!

The JA LaunchU! Program is a free after-school entrepreneurship experience where 8th-12th grade students launch their own businesses. Students get the chance to showcase their companies at several events where they can win further investment, scholarships, and even compete at a national level.

Past JA LaunchU! Companies


Questions? Contact us at entre@janorth.org!

What You Do

JA LaunchU! is offered to students free of charge, and we can offer transportation and technology assistance to help you make the most of the program. As part of the JA LaunchU! program, you will need to invest time and effort throughout the school year; here is what you can expect to be doing:

  • Attend two-hour meetings in-person (one evening per week at our facility - 1745 University Ave. W., St. Paul)

  • Work on your business with teammates outside of meeting times

  • Compete in three JA events throughout the year

What You Gain

If you successfully graduate from the JA LaunchU! program, you will get a $500 stipend to support you on your entrepreneurial journey. The program also sets you up for success on your next steps, whether those are continuing with your business or pursuing a college education:


Build your business: solve customers’ problems in your own way

Earn real money: retain the profits from your business

Develop entrepreneurial skills: invent, solve problems, sell


Boost your application: a successful business goes a long way

Win scholarships: do well in JA Company events and be rewarded

Get college credit: apply to our partner schools to get closer to a degree