Sandalwood High School students win FedEx Junior Business Challenge at THE PLAYERS Championship

The FedEx Junior Business Challenge

Student company “Antibee” will advance to the business challenge finals at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta

On Wednesday, May 10 THE PLAYERS Championship hosted the second FedEx Junior Business Challenge qualifying event of the season, as students from Junior Achievement of North Florida presented business concepts to a panel consisting of 2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel and successful business personalities for a chance to advance to the FedEx Junior Business Challenge Finals at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.

FedEx Junior Business Challenge

The competition consisted of three student-run companies:

  • team Antibee from Sandalwood High School,
  • team Lil Patriots from A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology,
  • and team Wolfpack Snack Shack from Samuel L. Wolfson High.

The FedEx Junior Business Challenge

The FedEx Junior Business Challenge

The FedEx Junior Business Challenge

The companies presented their business to a panel of judges and an audience inside the Stadium Village alongside the 18th fairway during THE PLAYERS Championship.

The guest panel of judges featured:

  • Billy Horschel – 2014 FedEx Cup Champion
  • Kristi Dosh – Sports business writer, Forbes
  • Tripp Davis – Managing partner, PwC Florida
  • Mary Lynn Schroeder – CEO/Lead Designer, In Blue Handmade

In the end, Sandalwood’s Antibee won the judges over. Antibee aims to increase awareness of bullying within schools; a real problem, according to the company, that no one wants to talk about for fear of embarrassment and/or retaliation. As a solution the students created an app that can be downloaded on Apple or Android devices. The app allows students to share positive messages, look for resources,  and connect with other students who have experienced bullying or who might just want to offer up encouragement and positivity.

Their win at THE PLAYERS Championship means they advance to the FedEx Junior Business Challenge Finals at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.

 

All teams presenting at the FedEx Junior Business Challenge are participants in the JA Company Program, a Junior Achievement program in which students learn to be entrepreneurial-minded when they create their business from scratch and try to make a profit.

The FedEx Junior Business Challenge, an extension of the JA Company Program, serves as a platform to provide select JA students the opportunity to showcase their business concepts at designated PGA TOUR tournaments this season for a chance to generate a $75,000 donation from FedEx to further support youth entrepreneurship.

View more photos from the event.

The FedEx Junior Business Challenge

About Junior Achievement of North Florida

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of North Florida has been operating in Jacksonville since 1963 and now includes a satellite office in Tallahassee. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement of North Florida helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. This collaboration resulted in 56,489 students reached during the 2015-2016 school year. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit http://www.JAjax.com.

About JA Company Program

JA Company Program is Junior Achievement’s longest running program. It is a blended learning approach that offers groups of students the opportunity to understand the steps involved in launching their own businesses while learning the basics of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business success. Learn more about JA Company Program.

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