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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 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.

Completed application must be received by: February 29, 2020. Please include all application materials.

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Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award


Completed application including all materials should be sent by email, fax, or mail to:

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
Attn: Young Entrepreneur of the Year
11111 W. Liberty Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53224


Fax: (414) 577-3832


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Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 


Who is eligible?

  • Any student (grade 5th -12th) who is a legal resident of the United States and the State of Wisconsin who is currently enrolled in a primary, middle or high school (public, parochial, private, virtual, or home school). Applicant does not need to be a JA student
  • Owner(s) or manager(s) of a private or public company. Business may be seasonal and must have been in operation since April 29, 2019. The business must have been created by the applicant(s), whom must have had continuity of ownership/management throughout the existence of the busines
  • Is not a previous winner of this award

Need inspiration? Click here to to check out our previous finalists!