JA Company

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.

2020-21 JA Virtual Company Program Results

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.

As well, we would like to thank our judges for the inaugural Pitch It to Win It competition held on May 1, 2021 – Maria Artuso, Darryl Bandoro, Karla Briones, Michael Curran, Richard L’Abbé, Coralie Lalonde and Eric McRae.

Spring 2021 JA Company Review!

Meet our Companies! During 15 weeks this spring, 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!


Battle Bucks logo

To create and foster social ties within the community through friendly virtual e-sport competitions.


beeco logo

We sell an eco-friendly substitute to plastic packaging, while devoting our company to saving the bees.


Cardinall logo

Delivering Smiles, Creating Community And Bridging Gaps Caused During The Pandemic.


Coastify logo

To improve the quality of life of those around us by creating meaningful handcrafted coasters.


Generocity logo

GenerOcity is an initiative to bring joy to our local community through selfless acts

Glued Paper

Glued Paper logo

Glued Paper aims to support the local community and inspire creativity through our love of art.


Hopevision logo

We make handmade bracelets which all represent different humanitarian causes.

Students to Students Publishing

Students 2 Students logo

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.

Thank you to our JA Company sponsors including:

ONFE, ROPE, Ottawa Network for Education, charity, not for profit, fundraising, The Counselling Foundation of Canada
Rogers logo
Ottawa Community Foundation logo
Telfer logo

“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.