Meet JA Central Ontario's youth entrepreneurs!

Find out all about JA's Company Program young entrepreneurs and shop the latest student-led companies! 

On March 16th, JA Central Ontario hosted our annual Company Program Trade Show. This online event, supported by RSM, brought together the latest cohort of Company Program students to showcase their unique products and services. Representatives from 40 student-led businesses were joined by expert RSM judges and members of the public, who learnt all about their incredible Company Program journeys.

We also launched the prestigious People's Choice Award - members of the public can check out all the incredible student companies and vote for their favourite. The winners will be announced on May 18th at VentureON, the celebration that marks the end of this year's Company Program.


What is JA Central Ontario's Company Program?

Company Program is an after-school program that empowers high school students to start and run their very own business. With the help of a student group and volunteer mentors, students create, manage, and liquidate a business in 18 weeks.

Through Company Program, students not only learn how to run a business - they also meet new friends, connect with mentors, network with professionals and gain the skills and experience to shape their futures.


Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness, JA Central Ontario empowers young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Since 1968, schools in Central Ontario have relied on JA to prepare young people for success in an ever-changing global economy.

JA Central Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business.