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Student-led company Stackd – a JA Central Ontario Company – has been awarded third place in the prestigious JA Americas Company of the Year competition. The team competed against 18 companies from Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

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The JA Company of the Year competition (COY) is an annual celebration that showcases the best JA student-run companies from nine countries in the Americas. This three-day event is the final stage of JA’s 2020 Company Program – a 18-week entrepreneurial experience that sees high school students work together with industry experts to design, build and run their own company. The highest scoring companies from countries across the Americas came together on 2nd – 4th December to compete to be named JA Americas’ Company of the Year.

The 2020 COY third place winner, Stackd, is an esports global player matchmaking and events platform focused on creating safe and inclusive gaming experiences. The company was organized through JA Central Ontario and sponsored by Deloitte.

“We are thrilled that Stackd was awarded third place in JA Americas’ Company of the Year 2020,” says Jennifer Holmes Weier, President & CEO at JA Central Ontario. “Their esports platform is a unique, compelling initiative and we are delighted that the team’s imagination, hard work and creativity have been recognized by this prestigious award.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was run entirely virtually, with students, judges and visitors creating an avatar to join the competition.

During the three-day event, four team members presented the company and shared what they learned from their Company Program experience. A panel of independent judges compared company performance against strict competition criteria. The judges were looking for evidence of business know-how, personal development innovation and application of new ideas in all aspects of company operations.

A unique platform for gamers

JA Central Ontario’s first esports company, Stackd was born out of our passion for games like League of Legends. Witnessing harassment and other toxic behavior when playing, they hope to create an environment in which like-minded, friendly players – especially women – could team up to level up their skills and confidence.

The team is based in downtown Toronto and is made up of 34 local high school students.

Find out more about the Company of the Year competition

Meet the Stackd team