JA Company is a four-month program that supports high school students in starting their own business. With guidance from volunteer mentors from the business community, the teams build their own start-up from the ground up.
Congratulations to all students for wrapping up the 2021 Virtual Company Program! This year, we had 120 students, representing over 30 Ottawa schools, joining together to form 11 companies. Over the past 4 months, our companies have reached over 210 customers and donated over $1,166 to local charities. Thank you to our dedicated mentors, volunteering an average of 50 hours during the program, to help inspire and support our students.
JA Companies Review
Meet our Companies! In 15 weeks, they created, produced, marketed, sold and dissolved their companies, learning about business, our community, teamwork, problem solving, leadership and many other soft skills that will serve them well in the future. Well done to all!
Spring 2021 JA Companies!
To create and foster social ties within the community through friendly virtual e-sport competitions.
We sell an eco-friendly substitute to plastic packaging, while devoting our company to saving the bees.
Delivering Smiles, Creating Community And Bridging Gaps Caused During The Pandemic.
To improve the quality of life of those around us by creating meaningful handcrafted coasters.
GenerOcity is an initiative to bring joy to our local community through selfless acts
Glued Paper aims to support the local community and inspire creativity through our love of art.
We make handmade bracelets which all represent different humanitarian causes.
Students to Students Publishing
We seek to help other High Schoolers by sharing our experiences.
We are a student run online tutoring company aiming to help students attain greater academic success
Vesta’s ambition to facilitate everyday tasks through technology helps connect our communities.
Yoso seeks to create clean and simple hoodies that are truly one of a kind.
Spring 2022 JA Companies!
Athena Essentials is an ethical, student-run aromatherapy company based in Ottawa, Ontario. Athena Essentials offers an assorted variety of aromatherapy room and linen sprays.
We’re a soap company that empowers everyone by assisting in raising self-confidence and personal growth.
Cosmic Candles Canada
We at Cosmic Candles Canada want to produce candles with reduced plastic waste by using biodegradable wrapping. Our goal is to protect our water systems so that everyone can have access to clean drinking water.
To customize your reading experience
Our company revolves primarily around personalizing your phone cases and giving you customized bookmarks.
Custom Mugs Ottawa
Your Mug, Your Design
We design all mugs by hand with whatever logo or image you want on it!
Smell Your Way to Calm
Premium Handcrafted Soy Wax Essential Oil sachets, balms and giftware.
Explore you own animal story with student made tote bags.
We strive to support and bring awareness to endangered animals while offering high-quality, animal-themed tote bags to students, made by students.
Floraa for the environment!
Floraa offers natural beauty products while minimizing plastic waste. From creation to consumption of the product, Floraa relies on sustainable development, the well-being of its customers and ‘eco-responsibility.
Ooze for all occasions!
The mission of Günk Co is to improve the quality of life of those around us through products that create feelings of nostalgia and comfort
Hand-made Macrame by students
Our goal as a company is to provide our customers with an alternative soap that is entirely homemade, 100% vegan and animal-cruelty-free at a reasonable price.
Ready, Spray, GO!
Our brand, Spray Go Shoe Company is a student-run business that provides our customers with a more eco-friendly, high-value, fast and effective shoe cleaning kit at a fair and competitive price.
Stick to It
Stick To It is a student-run company that focuses on promoting health and safety in the local community by creating safety reminders through stylish and colourful stickers.
The Perfect Fit
Find the PERFECT shirt for YOU!
Thank you to our JA Company community partners including:
“Unlike at school, where you are provided with materials, taught a lesson, and given time to study; JA puts you in situations that make you think and act on your feet. You are tested first, and then you learn from your failures or your successes.”
~ Khadeer, JA Company participant and award winner
Spark the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Youth
Help students connect classroom learning with real-world problems and issues. Your investment will inspire students to develop needed soft skills for tomorrow’s careers and help foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in our K-12 schools.
Volunteer with JA Ottawa
You can help us develop tomorrow’s leaders! Our volunteers teach JA curriculum and lead students through interactive learning activities, while sharing personal work-related experiences and knowledge. You can boost your company’s profile, develop your leadership and communication skills, and have a great deal of fun.