“Entrepreneurship education is a growing trend in education and a part of the curriculums at all levels of education. It is used to reinforce people’s skills, information, and attitudes that they need to succeed in the global economy and the changing working life.” (European Commission)
The JA Company Program combines theory and practice for the purpose of learning entrepreneurial skills, competencies and attitude. The program provides educational institutions a turnkey solution for entrepreneurship education and the students a fun and practical tool for learning entrepreneurship and working life skills.
The JA Company Program is available to upper comprehensive schools, secondary education establishments, and higher education institutions.
Within the program, the participants establish, alone or as part of a group, a JA company that operates using real money, which they run for a semester, a school year, a calendar year or a period of 12 months.
Learning Outcomes of the Program
- The student recognizes the requirements of entrepreneurship and is able to evaluate their own strengths and areas that require development
- The student develops their entrepreneurship skills, which include sales, teamwork, problem solution, communication, and public speaking, among others
- The student builds cooperation networks that can further their business operations
- The student recognizes and evaluates their operation within the company as part of a team
- The student is able to plan the business operation of the company
- The student is able to use tools related to the planning of business operations and to draw up the documents related to establishing a company
- The student can create a business model and plan to support their idea, as well as develop them during the operation
- The student understands the basic principles of business and develops the operation of the company
Content in the e-learning modules
Mandatory modules of the program
You find modules after you have registered and started your own Company Program course.
- Welcome to the Program
- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- Finding a Business Idea
- Modelling a Business Idea
- Name and Logo
- Starting a Business
- Business Plan
- Digital Marketing
- Social Media Marketing
- Introduction to Finance
- Cost and Profitability Accounting
- Budgeting & Bookkeeping
- Risks and Safety
- Sales and Customer Service
- Conclusion of the Program
- Pitching & Presenting
- Circular economy
- The program is made part of the education provided by the school and the teacher is in charge of its practical implementation.
- The program can be carried out over a semester, a school year, a calendar year or a period of 12 months.
- The program is free for schools but requires registration.
- JA Finland provides an online learning platform for the teachers and participants, along with national competitions and events.
Extracts from the program’s primary and secondary feedback survey averages from 2013 to 2018 (N: 2962).
Uskalla Yrittää is the Finnish Championship for the companies in the JA Company Program organized by JA Finland. Each year, the best Finnish JA companies from the regional semi-finals are invited to participate in the final. The Uskalla Yrittää final is the largest entrepreneurship competition for young people in Finland, and the winners get the chance to represent their country in the European Championship. The website for the Uskalla Yrittää competition can be found at https://uskallayrittaa.fi/en/.
Uskalla Yrittää aftermovie 2021 (online-event)
“We bag people’s groceries and help carry heavy bags to the customer’s car. Avot NY exemplifies Finnish customer service at its best.”
“We produce home decor products from concrete and wood. Some of the materials we use come as surplus from construction sites.”
”We want to create a detour from the self-destructive textile industry to more conscious consuming. We offer customers high-end design products that are made from new sustainable material innovations.”
Companies that began their operation in the JA Company Program
Noted JA Company Program alumni in Finland and around the world
Jyri Lindén: The founder of the Nordic Business Forum
Sanni Kurkisuo: Singer, songwriter, musician
Enni Rukajärvi: Snowboarder
Mark Cuban: Investor, the founder of Broadcast.com, the owner of Dallas Mavericks
Frederick A. Deluca: The founder and CEO of Subway
Christina Aguilera: Singer, songwriter, actor
Gene Simmons: Musician and lead figure of the rock group Kiss, actor, businessman
Some comments on the JA Company Program
“I just wish that something like this had existed when I was at that age.”
– Ilkka Paananen, Supercell
“This is the reason I became a teacher.
To see young people succeed and surpass themselves.”
– Heini Pennanen, Gradia, Jyväskylä
“I have probably learned most about the financial side.
I have learned to present and challenge myself more. Now I am better prepared to act in these situations.
– Milla Tölli, student, Nivala upper secondary school
“Today, entrepreneurship education is included in all degrees, at all levels of education, at least to some extent. But is it sufficient? Not necessarily, it could always be increased and improved. This [JA Company Program] is just one good example and method that should be spread throughout the country.”
– Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Education
Would you like to implement the program at your education establishment?
Teacher, leave us your contact information or contact our specialists. We will be happy to tell you more about the JA Company Program and its implementation.
The JA Company Program is a study program offered by JA Finland. JA Finland provides programs that support the objectives of curriculums for reinforcing the entrepreneurial attitudes, working life skills, and personal financial management of children and young people from pre-primary to higher education – learning by doing. www.nuoriyrittajyys.fi.