Young Entrepreneur of the Year
The Wisconsin Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes an individual from 5th grade through 12th grade who is making their mark on our free enterprise system by turning a business idea into a reality; an individual who applied the entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated business knowledge to realize an actual operating business. The award is made without regard to race, color, creed, gender, religion, disability, or national origin.
One winner will receive a scholarship or cash prize of $1,000. Winner will also be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Induction Ceremony. Scholarships may be applied toward expenses at any (post secondary) educational institution. Financial awards will be mailed directly to the institution in the award recipient’s name. All finalists will receive a certificate signed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Carolyn Stanford Taylor and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin President, Tim Greinert. Finalist videos will be promoted and shown on the JA of Wisconsin You Tube Channel. Additionally, the winning applicant will be featured on the DPI You Tube Channel.
A winner will be chosen based on business success, growth potential, and social involvement. The selection committee also considers the entrepreneur's age when the business was started and any special challenges that had to be faced, strategic direction, innovation, personal integrity, and leadership.
Submissions for the 2019 event are closed. Please see below for materials to prepare for the 2020 event and check back on this page for updates.
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