The JA AP COY (Company of the Year) competition is JA Asia Pacific’s annual celebration of the achievements of young entrepreneurs in the region. The COY Program and Competition helps young people understand the role of business in the global economy by allowing students to organise and operate an actual business enterprise, and market and sell a product in the real world.
This year marks the 8th JA AP COY, 22 student companies participated in the regional competition, the largest JA AP COY event by far. The student companies represented 14 locations including: Brunei, China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam. In addition to student companies participating the event from the Asia Pacific region, student companies from JA Europe and JA Africa will also be joining as exhibiting student companies to enhance cross-border experience for all participants.
The winners of the Asia Pacific JA Company of the Year Award were announced at the JA AP COY Award and Gala Dinner in Beijing, China on March 31, 2018.
- JA Student Company Entrepezo Nature Indonesia from Indonesia took the first prize for their natural Air Freshener in form of an USB using and sustainable business model
- A Student Company Prima Facie from the Philippines came second with their comfortable white sneakers with waterlily leather incorporated in a unisex design and strong environmental sense
- Third place went to JA Student Company Harness from Hong Kong, who designed sniffer box 12 sophisticated designs that hold natural fragrance that generates positive energy
- Voted by other participating JA student companies, Student Company Fulfil from Guam won the Entrepreneurs’ Choice Award with their Tote bags (Filluv Cases) designed to provide Guam's foster children with necessities.
“With the JA Student Companies, students not only gain their first entrepreneurial experience of starting and running a real company, through Learning by Doing, they have also developed the much needed 21st century skills, complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Our young entrepreneurs are passionate about creating businesses that both profit and purpose driven, with ambition of creating a better world through their business ventures”, said Vivian Lau, President, JA Asia Pacific.” We are grateful for the support from sponsors and supporting partners in bring extended learning opportunities for the 2018 JA AP COY winning teams” - Vivian JA Asia Pacific President
About JA Company of the Year Program
Students start and run their own businesses with support from volunteers from their local business community. They develop and market a product or service with the goal of realising a profit for their shareholders. The program currently impacts more than 16,000 Asia Pacific secondary school students in 2017.
Built on it's strong history in Australia as the Young Achievement Australia Business Skills Program, JA Australia is now relaunching this program to re-join the Asia Pacific competition and will be open in 2018 in Australia to high school students in years 10 & 11 to compete and have the chance to be selected for the next Asia Pacific finals to be held in early 2019.
Schools wishing to participate can submit their expression of interest or get in touch with JA Australia to find out more. High School Students can also submit an individual application to get involved.
This is an incredible opportunity for students to get involved and develop a real-world understanding of how to effectively establish and manage a company.