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Company of the Year Competition

The three - day competition is JA Asia Pacific’s annual celebration of the achievements of JA Company Program students in the region. With tGELF/JA India as the host for the year 2023-24, its mission is to create an entrepreneurial mindset and work readiness in the youth of today. Through this competition, tGELF/JA India seeks to empower the youth to become problem solvers and job creators instead of job seekers. It will activate start-up skills and encourage students to create innovative entrepreneurial business projects in both product and service businesses.

The event is a culmination of the JA Company Program, an intensive, 6-month experience that offers high schoolers the chance to put their ideas into action by launching and running a real startup under the guidance of business professionals.

JA Company Program

The Company Program is a year-long learning experience for high school students that imparts experiential learning. It also activates start-up skills and help students create their own companies by learning the tenets of business and relating classroom learning to real-life situations. The program seeks to nurture a new generation of entrepreneurial, innovative and civic-minded talents.

 

Under the guidance of industry leaders and experts, the program empowers young adults to fill a need or solve a problem in their community and teaches them practical skills required to conceptualize, capitalize, and manage their own business venture.

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Stages of the Competition

Company Report

In advance of the competition, students submit their company reports, which summarise the company’s business operations and reports.

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Trade Booth

Here, students can demonstrate their products to the competition’s judges, answering questions about the need identification, product functionality, target markets, etc.

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Stage

Pitches

Stage pitches present competitors the opportunity to talk about their businesses to a panel of judges drawn from the leadership of local and global organizations. Students outline the accomplishments and challenges of their businesses.

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Jury Evaluation

Judges ask questions about the company, probe company leaders on their understanding of how and why the company performed as it did, lessons learned from the experience, and how these lessons might be applied in a new business context.

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Eligibility Criteria

JA Companies must have been active in the local JA Company Program during the current or preceding school year.

The local JA Company Program should be a Secondary / High School program, and not a Graduate / University program.

Students representing their companies in the competition must be at least 15 years old and no more than 19 years old as of December 31st in the year of AP JA COY competition.

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The maximum number of participants per company is four. 

2023 JA Asia Pacific CoYC Finals

The 2023 JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year Competition (2023 JA AP CoYC Finals) was hosted by tGELF/JA India. Sponsored by Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and JA Asia Pacific, this annual event was held as an in-person event post-pandemic, in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. Teams from around the Asia Pacific region got the opportunity to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges drawn from the leadership of local and global organizations. The competition concluded with a trade fair where students demonstrated their products to the judges and answered questions about the need for identification, product functionality, target markets, etc. in a marketplace-like environment.

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Winners

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First Prize

Sievasco SC

INDONESIA

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Second Prize

SoulSprout

INDIA

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Third Prize

DynamiC Enterprise

MALAYSIA

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Best Financial Management

Paraiba PH

PHILIPPINES

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Popular Choice

O&O

JAPAN

Speakers

Jury

Event Highlights

Project Management Essentials Webinar with Mr. Nikhil Rai (Sr. Manager, Providence India) and Mr. Kalyan Sunkari (Sr. Engineer, Providence, India)

'LEAD with Values' Panel Discussion hosted by tGELF & Values 20 (V20) in partnership with Civil 20 (C20) & Youth 20 (Y20) under India's presidency of the G20.

Opening Ceremony, including specially curated performances of Bharatnatyam and Mayurbhanj Chhau, classical and folk Indian dance forms.

Past JA AP CoYC Participants from India

JA AP CoYC 2022

2022 marked the 12th edition of the Company of the Year Competition in the Asia Pacific region. JA Indonesia and JA Asia Pacific had successfully organized the Competition with the participation of 10 JA members, namely China, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. Two student companies of tGELF/JA India, Banalala and Tyron Pvt. Ltd. represented India at the competition along with nine other participating countries. Out of these two, Banalala Ltd. of Delhi Public School, Sector-45 Gurgaon, Haryana won the Product of the Year Award at JA CoYC AP 2022.

JA AP CoYC 2021

The 11th edition of COY was successfully held by JA Philippines. COYC 2021 involved 11 countries across Asia Pacific: China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand with 18 JA teams competing. Two teams, Fabricreate Pvt. Ltd. and AutoSight represented India at the competition.

JA AP CoYC 2020

The 10th edition of COY was successfully held by JA Guam. More than 70 young entrepreneurs from around the Asia Pacific region gathered virtually to compete for the title of JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year 2020. Two teams, Aaram Ltd. and ShinobiTECH represented India at the competition.