Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana will host its first Innovation Challenge event this weekend in Evansville. The business competition gives students the opportunity to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills.

April 10, 2015

News Release

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana will host their first Innovation Challenge event Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Ivy Tech Community College. Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for students to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills. Throughout an in-class program, a JA Volunteer guided students as they developed a start-up enterprise and business plan and learned how to conduct market research and identify and leverage competitive advantages. During the final classroom session, judges selected a winning business to compete in the Innovation Challenge event on April 11th.

Approximately 20 schools from throughout five counties within JASWIN’s service area will be represented at the event which is sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana and Vuteq. A preliminary round of competition will begin at 9:00am. A roundtable discussion involving local entrepreneurs: Vicki Wiederkher, John Dunn, Bill Gillenwater, Amjad Manna and Blake Kollker will take place at 12:00pm. The top five teams will present their business plan at a final competition starting at 12:30pm.

All participating students in attendance at Innovation Challenge will be eligible for $50,000 worth of scholarships from the University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, and Ivy Tech Community College. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning teams selected for their business plan along with other specialized group awards. For more information, please contact Stacy Carr at 812.568.1407 or stacy.carr@ja.org.

About Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana (JASWIN)

Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana provides in-school and afterschool programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The organization’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. The mission of the organization is to ensure that every child in their service territory has fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. JASWIN serves 11 counties and nearly 23,000 students in Southwestern Indiana and Southeastern Illinois and began in 1964. For more information, visit www.jaswin.org.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.2 million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.

Source: Junior Achievement

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