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In the final of the Uskalla Yrittää -competition, the best JA companies of the academic year will be chosen in the elementary school, secondary school and higher education categories. In addition to the main prizes, prizes will be awarded in other categories. Finland’s best companies will be selected by a jury of business professionals who will spend two days learning about the companies’ business.

BEST JA COMPANY IN FINLAND

ELEMENTRY SCHOOL & SECONDARY SCHOOL

Company of the Year -kilpailu on pääpalkinto perusasteen ja toisen asteen NY-yrityksille. Tämän kilpailun voittaja edustaa Suomea Vuosi yrittäjänä -ohjelman EM-kilpailuissa Portugalissa 21.-24.7.2020.

  1. Pitch deck (in Finnish, in Swedish or in English) / GUIDELINES HERE
  2. 4-minute business presentation (in Finnish, in Swedish or in English) / GUIDELINES HERE
  3. Trade Fair activity (jury will go around at the fair and evaluate the teams and their activities)
  4. Jury interview (in Finnish, in Swedish or in English)

Pitch deck

The jury pays attention to the following matters in the pitch deck:

  • Is the pitch deck clear and tell the reader the most important information about the company succinctly?
  • Does the pitch deck tell the most important and essential information about the company and its activities?
    • What is the company’s main target audience and why?
    • Who does the company compete with?
    • What are the company’s main marketing channels and how have they been decided on? Have they worked?
  • What does the JA company offer its customers?
  • What are the company’s competitive advantages over its competitors?
  • How is the product or service priced and how has that price been reached? Is the price competitive?
  • Has the JA company clearly described the company’s financial situation in the report?
    • Does the report present the key figures for the company’s operations?
    • Have the key figures been explained in more detail and have they been analyzed?
    • Does the report discuss financial matters correctly, or are there errors?
  • Does the report describe the company structures?
    • Are members’ roles clearly assigned?
    • Is the report divided into sections in a sensible manner?
  • Does the report show that the company understand its own operations, productivity, and potential to succeed as a real company?
  • In the report, do the entrepreneurs state what they have learnt?
    • Do they talk about their positive and negative experiences?
    • Have they faced challenges? How have they dealt with them?
    • What plans for the future do the entrepreneurs have and have they told the readers of the report about them?

Business presentation

The jury pays attention to the following matters in the presentation:

  • Does the presentation show the company’s most important achievements and experiences?
  • What is the product or service description (what, why, for whom, how)? Are its strengths and competive advantages mentioned? What value does the company produce for its customers? What is the company’s unique selling point?
  • Does the company talk about its finances?
  • Is the presentation professional and does it describe the company’s operations?
  • Does the company succeed in talking about its operations in an interesting way? Does the company aim to reach its target audience with the presentation?
  • Does the company talk about how its operations have developed during the programme? What have the company and its members learnt during the programme?
  • Does the presentation match the company’s image?

You can find more precise criteria and evaluation criteria for the company presentation under Best Business Presentation competition.

Trade Fair Activity

During the fair the jury keeps track of:

  • How does members of the JA company cooperate with each other?
  • How does the JA company succeed in presenting its products and company at the fair?
  • Is the fair stand a visually logical package and does it help sales work?
  • Does the fair stand stand out from the others? Is the company able to say what the strengths of its fair stand are?

Jury Interview

In the interview the jury pays attention  to the following matters:

  • How do the entrepreneurs talk about their own experiences during the JA year? What have they learnt (as individuals and as a group) and how will they use those lessons in the future?
  • Has the company had goals during the year? What challenges have there been during the year and how has the company dealt with them? Have the roles of the company members been clear during the year?
  • Is the company able to say what added value it gives its customers? What are the company’s strengths and weakenesses? Is the company able to talk about its key financial figures (profit and how it is formed, turnover)? Who are the company’s customers and how are they reached? What would the company do differently if it were to succeed as a real company?
  • What is the entrepreneurs’ attitude? What plans for the future do the entrepreneurs have? Do they intend to continue their business operations after the JA year? Does the company have a clear view of the possibilities for developing its operations?

In the final, the jury assesses the JA company’s operations and learning.

Assessment of operations

Innovation, value generation, marketing

  • Is the JA company’s product or service innovative?
  • Can the JA company’s idea also succeed outside Finland?
  • Has the JA company’s marketing been carried out in a sensible way?
  • Has the JA company done market research or asked for feedback from customers? Has the product or service been developed on the basis of feedback?
  • What marketing channels does the JA company use? Why are the chosen channels used? Have customers been reached via the channels?
  • If the JA company carries out reselling, in what ways does this generate added value for their own clients?
  • Are the students able to say why their product or service is needed? What customer problem does it solve?

Product/service, development, customer-orientation

  • Where did the idea come from originally and how has the idea become business activity?
  • Who is the customer of the JA company’s product or service?
  • Has the product/service been thought of from the potential customer’s perspective? What added value does it generate for the customer?

Goal-orientedness, planning, administration

  • Does the JA company have a clear operating plan?
  • Has the JA company set itself clear goals and have they been followed actively during the academic year?
  • How is the JA company structured? Do all the members have clear roles?
  • In what way does the JA company track its own activities? Is some sort of system in use?

Financial performance

  • What are the JA company’s most important key financial figures? What sort of profit does the product or service have?
  • Do all JA company members understand the company’s finances?
  • Does the JA company know the financial factors that affect price and costs?

The revenue and company profit during the academic year must be considered, as they show the company’s potential and are proof of work that has been done. The size of the profit alone is not of great importance as ideas are different and the potential they have for making money during the academic year may depend on the location.

Assessment of learning

Group work

  • Have the JA company’s members understood the importance of group work and the influence of the individual on the group’s activities?
  • Are all members actively involved in the JA company’s operations?
  • Are the JA company’s members proud of their work and achievements?
  • Has the JA company done cooperation and networked with other actors? For example, this could be with other businesspeople in the same geographical area.

Reflection and assessment of one’s own learning

  • Are the JA company’s members able to talk about the things they have learnt during the JA year?
  • Have the JA entrepreneurs learnt from each other and supported each other during the year?
  • Has the JA company faced challenging situations during the academic year? How did it deal with them?
  • Has the JA company made mistakes? What did it learn from them and did this affect the company’s operations?
  • Has the JA company improved its operations during the year?

Presentation and interaction

  • Does the JA company present itself convincingly?
  • Do the JA entrepreneurs show an entrepreneurial attitude?
  • Does the JA company interact with others clearly?

For the Finnish competition in the elementary and secondary school category the age limit comes directly from the European championships’ age limits. JA Europe’s official rule is:

Achievers representing their Companies in the competition must be at least 15 years old and no more than 21 years old on the 31st of July of the year of participation. Younger or older students will be automatically asked to withdraw from the competition.

For this reason secondary school JA companies which want to compete for the title of Finland’s best JA company and go forward to the European competition must not have participants who are over 21.

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In the European final of the secondary school category, the lower age limit is 15 and the upper age limit is 21. If a JA company has a member who is above or below the age limits, this limits the possibility of going forward to the European competition.

If the JA company wishes to go forward to the European competition final, such a person may not participate in the company’s operations in the final at any level. He or she may be a guest at an open event, such as fairs and company presentations. He or she may not, however, present himself or herself as a representative of the JA company.

The JA company may participate in the final with all its members, regardless of age, but in such a case the JA company may not represent Finland in the European championships. The JA company is involved in all other categories, however.

HIGHER EDUCATION

Korkea-asteen paras NY-yritys edustaa Suomea EM-kilpailuissa, Enterprise Challenge -kilpailussa Ateenassa, Kreikassa 24.-26.6.2020.

  1. Pitch deck (in Finnish, in Swedish or in English) / GUIDELINES HERE
  2. 4-minute business presentation (in Finnish, in Swedish or in English) / GUIDELINES HERE
  3. Trade Fair activity (jury will go around at the fair and evaluate the teams and their activities)
  4. Jury interview (in Finnish, in Swedish or in English)

The stages are weighed as follows:

  • Pitch deck 30%
  • Company presentation 30%
  • Jury interview 30%
  • Fair activities 10%
  • Throughout the judging process, the judges think of themselves as potential investors or partners in the company and the team that participates in the final.
  • Judges evaluate the learning or the whole team during the NY Start Up –program and the change this experience has had to every member of the team.
  • In company point of view the main aspect judges look at is the Value (Financial, cultural or social) each start-up is creating and its potential to grow and the team behind the idea. Is the idea viable, has the team learned during the year and has the team showed a commitment to deliver their promises?
  • The company who has met the formal criteria and received the best scores from highest number of judges will win the final.

You can download the official jury criteria (in English) here.

For the Finnish competition in the higher education category, the age limit comes directly from the European championships’ age limits. JA Europe’s official rule is:

Achievers representing their Companies in the competition must be at least 18 years old and maximum 30 years old on the date of the competition. Younger or older students may not participate in any part of the competition.

For this reason higher education JA companies which want to compete for the title of Finland’s best JA company and go forward to the European competition must not have participants who are over 30.

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In the European competition final, the upper age limit is 30 years. If a JA company has a member who is above the age limits, this limits the possibility of going forward to the European competition.

If the JA company wishes to go forward to the European competition final, such a person may not participate in the company’s operations in the final at any level. He or she may be a guest at an open event, such as fairs and company presentations. He or she may not, however, present himself or herself as a representative of the JA company.

The JA company may participate in the final with all its members, regardless of age, but in such a case the JA company may not represent Finland in the European championships. The JA company is involved in all other categories, however.

SIGNATURE AWARDS

#HUOMISENTEKIJÄT - BEST ELEMENTARY LEVEL

Kuntarahoitus on Nuori Yrittäjyys ry:n pääyhteistyökumppani, joka palkitsee Uskalla Yrittää -finaalin parhaan perusasteen yrityksen #Huomisentekijät-palkinnolla. Palkinnon saa yritys, jonka liikeidea ajankohtainen ja yhteiskunnallisesti merkityksellinen.

Tässä kategoriassa kokonaisuus ratkaisee: #Huomisentekijät-yritys on innovatiivinen ja tulevaisuusorientoitunut, ja sen tekijöillä on innokas yrittäjämäinen asenne ja halu tehdä yhteiskunnallisesti merkittäviä asioita

#Huomisentekijät -kilpailu on tarkoitettu perusasteen NY-yrityksille. Kilpailuun ei ole erillistä ilmoittautumista, vaan kaikki perusasteen NY-yritykset ovat mukana kilpailussa.

#Huomisentekijät-palkinnon voittajan valitsevat Kuntarahoituksen asiantuntijat, jotka arvioivat kilpailevia yrityksiä yritysesittelyissä ja messuilla.

Tässä kategoriassa kokonaisuus ratkaisee: #Huomisentekijät-yritys on innovatiivinen ja tulevaisuusorientoitunut, ja sen tekijöillä on innokas yrittäjämäinen asenne ja halu tehdä yhteiskunnallisesti merkittäviä asioita.

Tuomaristo kiinnittää arvioinnissa huomiota seuraaviin asioihin:

Liikeidea ja liiketoimintamalli 

  • Liikeidea on mielenkiintoinen, tärkeä ja ajankohtainen.
  • Idealle on ottajia, eli asiakkaita ja sille on kysyntää.
  • Yrityksen tuote/palvelu on toteutettu innovatiivisesti.
  • Yritys on tunnistanut tärkeimmät asiakaskohderyhmät.
  • Yritys osaa kertoa, miksi tuotetta / palvelua tarvitaan ja minkä asiakkaan ongelman se ratkaisee.
  • Yritys on tunnistanut ja ottanut käyttöön myynnin ja markkinoinnin kanavia ja osaa perustella, miksi valitut kanavat ovat käytössä.
  • Liikeidea on mietitty sen potentiaalisen asiakkaan näkökulmasta ja yritys osaa kertoa, mitä lisäarvoa se tuo asiakkaalle.

Tavoitteellisuus ja suunnitelmallisuus

  • Yrityksellä on ollut selkeä toimintasuunnitelma, jonka mukaan toimintaa on kehitetty.
  • Yritys asettanut itselleen tavoitteita ja seurannut niitä aktiivisesti toiminnan ajan.

Talous

  • Yritys ymmärtää toiminnan tärkeimmät taloudelliset avainluvut.
  • Yritys osaa kertoa, millainen kate tuotteella / palvelulla on.
  • Yritys osaa tunnistaa ne taloudelliset tekijät, jotka vaikuttavat hintaan ja kustannuksiin.

Oppiminen ja vuorovaikutus

  • Yrityksen jäsenet osaavat kertoa oppimistaan asioista NY-yrityksen aikana.
  • Yritys osaa kertoa koetuista haasteista ja miten niistä on selvitty.
  • Yrityksen jäsenet tunnistavat paremmin omia vahvuuksia ja taitojaan.
  • Yrityksen esiintyminen ja vuorovaikutus on vakuuttavaa.
  • Yrityksen jäsenet toimivat yrittäjämäisesti ja osoittavat erinomaista yrittäjämäistä asennetta.

Voittajatiimin palkinto on kahden päivän liput Tubecon 2020 -tapahtumaan ja henkilökohtainen sparraussessio tunnetun tubettajan kanssa yrityksen markkinoinnin tueksi – tai jos yritys ei ole jatkamassa toimintaansa, voittajien oman someprofiilin rakentamiseen.

SUSTAINABLE IDEA – THE BEST UPPER SECONDARY SHOOL

Handelsbanken’s viability and success on the market is based on the trust of the customers, the public, and the authorities. Sustainable development and responsible operation are part of the culture and approach of Handelsbanken. In the Uskalla Yrittää final, Handelsbanken awards the best upper secondary school company with a business idea that considers sustainable development.

Sustainable development refers to global, regional, and local societal change in a guided and controlled manner, whose objective is to safeguard the opportunities of current and future generations for a good life. Sustainable development considers ecological, economic, social, and cultural sustainability.

The competition is aimed at upper secondary school JA companies. Companies do not register separately for the competition; rather, all upper secondary school JA companies are part of the competition.

Handelsbanken’s specialists evaluate the operation of the companies during company presentations and exhibitions, and choose the winner based on their findings.

In their evaluation, the judging panel will focus on the following aspects:

  • Is the business idea (service/product) itself sustainable?
  • Has the company made conscious sustainable decisions in their production and operation?
  • Is sustainability used to increase marketing and sales?
  • Is the company able to reconcile profitability with sustainability?
  • Has the company considered one or more of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in their operation?

In addition to the above, the judging panel will use the following general criteria to evaluate the operation:

  • Has the company set goals for itself and have those goals been actively monitored?
  • Has the product/service been considered from the perspective of a potential customer? What additional value does it provide to the customer? What is the customer’s problem solved by it?
  • What are the key financial figures of the JA company? What is the profit margin of the product/service? Do all members of the JA company understand the company’s finances?

Kilpailun palkinto vahvistuu alkuvuodesta 2020.

TEKIJÖIDEN TAKANA – PARAS AMMATILLINEN

Fennia uskoo siihen, että yhdessä pääsee pidemmälle kuin yksin. Siksi Fennia seisoo tekijöiden takana, tänään ja tulevaisuudessa. Fennia turvaa kaiken, mikä on sinulle tärkeää, jotta sinä voit keskittyä omien unelmiesi toteuttamiseen. Nuori Yrittäjyys ry ja Fennia yhdessä haluavat antaa seuraavan sukupolven muutoksentekijöille, innovaattoreille ja johtajille yrittäjyyden avaintaitoja.

Fennia palkitsee Uskalla Yrittää -finaalissa parhaan ammatillisen koulutuksen yrityksen, joka ottaa yritystoiminnassa huomioon sosiaaliset vaikutukset, taloudellisen kannattavuuden ja innovaation, unohtamatta erinomaista käytännön toteutusta. Toimintaa tarkastellaan sekä nykyhetken että tulevaisuuden näkökulmasta.

Tekijöiden takana -kilpailu on tarkoitettu ammatillisen koulutuksen NY-yrityksille. Kilpailuun ei ole erillistä ilmoittautumista, vaan kaikki ammatillisen koulutuksen NY-yritykset ovat mukana kilpailussa.

Fennian asiantuntijat arvioivat yritysten toimintaa yritysesittelyissä sekä messuilla ja niiden perusteella valitsevat voittajan

Tuomaristo kiinnittää arvioinnissa huomiota seuraaviin asioihin:

  • Sosiaaliset vaikutukset
    • Miten liiketoiminta auttaa paikallista yhteisöä?
    • Onko toiminnalla potentiaalia työllistää muita alueella?
    • Onko toiminnassa hyödynnetty paikallisia yhteistyökumppaneita ja tuottajia?
    • Tekeekö yritys yhteistyötä muiden alueellisten toimijoiden kanssa?
  • Vahva taloudellinen tulos
    • Onko yrityksen idea kannattava?
    • Onko yrityksellä potentiaalia kasvaa ja työllistää ihmisiä pitkällä aikavälillä?
  • Innovatiivisuus
    • Onko yrityksen liikeidean käytännön toteutus innovatiivinen?
    • Onko yrityksen toiminnassa kokeiltu asioita ja yritetty tehdä asioita eri tavalla kuin muut?

Näiden lisäksi tuomaristo arvioi toimintaa yleisillä kriteereillä:

  • Onko yritys asettanut itselleen tavoitteita ja onko niitä seurattu aktiivisesti?
  • Onko tuote / palvelu mietitty potentiaalisen asiakkaan näkökulmasta? Mitä lisäarvoa se tuo asiakkaalle? Minkä asiakkaan ongelman se ratkaisee?
  • Mitkä ovat NY-yrityksen tärkeimmät taloudelliset avainluvut? Millainen kate tuotteella / palvelulla on? Ymmärtävätkö kaikki NY-yrityksen jäsenet yrityksen taloudesta?

Kilpailussa on 500 euron rahapalkinto, joka myönnetään voittavalle NY-yritykselle.

NY-yrityksen tulee laskuttaa palkintosumma Nuori Yrittäjyys ry:ltä finaalin jälkeen, kuitenkin 15.5.2020 mennessä.

TAALERI LUOLA

Taaleri is a main partner of Nuori Yrittäjyys ry and the Uskalla Yrittää final this year has a special category, Taaleri Luola, a pitch competition for young people organized by Taaleri on the stage of SuomiAreena in Pori on 17 July 2019.

At the final, five companies will be chosen to take part in the Pori event.

The JA companies will pitch their ideas in front of the SuomiAreena audience in Pori. Each company will receive feedback from business and entrepreneurship experts.

Each group will be awarded on the SuomiAreena stage. This means a top opportunity to develop your own JA idea further, make good contacts and networks and give your own idea wings.

Secondary school and third-level JA companies can take part in the Taaleri Luola competition. Entrants must register separately for this competition in advance, no later than 17 April 2020. Register HERE.

Five winner will be selected.

A sparring day will be organized in Helsinki on 28 May 2019 between 10:00 and 16:00 for winning teams who will participate in the Taaleri Luola event at SuomiAreena. Participating in Taaleri Luola requires participating in the sparring day.

Taaleri Luola -kilpailuun ei ole vielä ilmoittautuneita yrityksiä.
  • In the final, Taaleri will choose a total of five JA companies who will go forward to pitch their company to SuomiAreena, Finland’s largest current affairs discussion event.
  • The Taaleri experts will assess the companies’ operations in the company presentations and at the fair and on this basis decide on the winners.

Tuomaristo arvioi seuraavia asioita kilpailussa:

  • idea
  • tiimi
  • toteutus
  • kasvu
  • esitys (yritysesittely + toiminta messuilla)

Each JA company will receive €700 prize money, which it may use to prepare for the event in the summer. Receiving the funding requires commitment to participating in the summer event. If the company is unable to participate, it must give notice of this immediately. If one of the members is unable to or does not want to go to SuomiAreena, compensation arrangements are agreed upon separately.

For Taaleri Luola, the JA companies gather for a common preparation day at the Taaleri office in Helsinki at the end of May. Nuori Yrittäjyys ry will compensate the JA entrepreneurs’ travel expenses to the Helsinki preparatory day and to Pori in the summer. The preparatory day will be organized in Helsinki on 28 May between 10:00 and 16:00. Participating in Taaleri Luola requires participating in the sparring day.

 

UNELMAT ELOSSA - BEST INNOVATION

Elo is a main  partner of Nuori Yrittäjyys ry and it will award its own signature prize for the best innovation in the Uskalla Yrittää final.

The “Unelmat Elossa – Paras Innovatio” competition is aimed at higher education JA companies. Companies do not register separately for the competition; rather, all higher education JA companies are part of the competition.

The main jury for the competition is responsible for judging the Best Innovation competition. The jury will assess the companies’ operations and business idea on the basis of the company’s pitch deck, company presentation, performance at the fair and interview, and then choose a winner.

The Unelmat Elossa – Paras Innovatio competition will search for a JA company that, in the jury’s opinion, has developed an innovative business idea that has the potential to succeed as a true business. Behind the company there will be a team that has the desire and aim to continue operations in future.

When searching for the best innovation, the jury will pay attention to the following matters:

  • The company has identified a problem, to which if offers a solution
  • The company’s operations generated added value for the customer and the company identifies the most important target customer audiences
  • The company has developed a minimum viable product (MVP) or prototype
  • There is a strong, skilled team behind the company with the desire and a plan to develop the company’s operations

The winning JA company in the competition will receive a €500 prize to develop its business operations.

The JA company must invoice Nuori Yrittäjyys ry for the prize money after the final and no later than 31 May 2019.

CARE FOR AMBITION

SEB is a main partner of Nuori Yrittäjyys ry and it will award its own signature prize, Care for Ambition, in the Uskalla Yrittää final.

The Care for Ambition competition is aimed at secondary school JA companies. Companies do not register separately for the competition; rather, all secondary school JA companies are part of the competition.

SEB experts are members of the jury for the competition, and they assess the company’s operations and business idea on the basis of the company presentations and performance at the fair to choose a winner.

The Care for Ambition competition searches for a JA company which is ambitious, resolute and determined about its business. Behind the company’s operations will be a team that works cooperatively and courageously on developing its business idea. The product or service developed by the company is courageous and innovative.

 

The team has an ambitious plan for the future of the company and the development of its idea. The company has also approached marketing courageously and innovatively.

When searching for the winner, the jury will pay attention to the following matters:

  • The product or service which the company provides has been implemented courageously
  • There is an ambitious team behind the company with a clear plan for the future
  • The company has approached marketing in an innovative, surprising and fearless way

The winning JA company in the competition will receive a €200 prize to develop its business operations.

The JA company must invoice Nuori Yrittäjyys ry for the prize money after the final and no later than 31 May 2019.

OTHER AWARDS

BEST SALES PITCH

When the final fair is being held, each participating JA company will get 30 seconds to deliver a sales pitch on stage in Kamppi, with the best receiving a prize.

The Best Sales Pitch competition is open to all JA companies regardless of category. Companies do not register separately for the competition; rather, all companies are part of the competition. The sales speech may be delivered by one or more speakers; however, please note that there is a strict 30 second time limit. The competition is held jointly for all categories.

The Best Sales Pitch competition has a dedicated jury of 2–4 persons who will listen to all the sales speeches and choose the best one. Beforehand, the jury will read the JA companies’ presentations on their websites. In this competition, only your sales speech, your pitch, counts!

The best sales pitch will be succinct, clear and arouse the listeners’ interest. The jury will assess the sales pitches using the following criteria:

  • Memorable start and finish
  • Clear, considered content
    • What problem does the company solve?
    • Who are the company’s customers?
    • How much does the product or service cost?
    • Why is the company unique?

Kilpailussa on 100 euron rahapalkinto, joka myönnetään voittavalle NY-yritykselle.

NY-yrityksen tulee laskuttaa palkintosumma Nuori Yrittäjyys ry:ltä finaalin jälkeen, kuitenkin 31.5.2020 mennessä.

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

In the Most Liked Social Media competition, JA companies collect likes and similar signs of liking for their team picture. The competition is an opportunity to spread the word about your own team’s participation in the Uskalla Yrittää final. The winning company will be the one whose picture gets the most likes and similar signs of liking in the Nuori Yrittäjyys ry event album.

The Most Liked Social Media competition is open to all JA companies regardless of category. Companies participate in the competition by sending in a team picture (see the advance task here) by 26 April 2019. The competition is held jointly for all categories.

Nuori Yrittäjyys ry will publish an album on Facebook with pictures of all the finalists. The album will be uploaded on 28 April 2019 and it will be possible to like it until 23:59 on 8 May 2019. The winning JA company will be the one whose picture gains the most natural likes and similar signs of liking. Paid advertising for the picture is not permitted, but the picture may also be shared on other social media platforms.

When the competition period has ended, Nuori Yrittäjyys ry will check which JA company has the most likes and favorites in the album.

The winning JA company in the competition will receive a €100 prize.

The JA company must invoice Nuori Yrittäjyys ry for the prize money after the final and no later than 31 May 2019.

BEST STAND

The Best Fair Stand competition searches for the JA company with the most visually enticing and comprehensive stand.

The Best Fair Stand competition is intended for JA companies in the elementary school and secondary school categories. Companies do not register separately for the competition; rather, all JA companies are part of the competition. The competition is joint for both school categories.

The main jury for the competition is responsible for judging the Best Fair Stand competition. The jury will assess the stands during the fair and choose a winner.

A good fair stand is a complete package that complements the product or service that the JA company offers. All companies participating in the final use the same tables and the table can be decorated as the company wishes and, if the company wishes, supported by a roll-up.

When choosing the best stand, the jury will pay attention to the following matters:

  • The stand is a clearly put together package which includes
    • Product presentation
    • Pricing
    • Team and the team’s clothing
    • Graphic design
  • A location to entice customers to learn more about the company
  • The fair stand supports the company’s product or service and the company’s image
  • The company is able to talk about the plan behind the stand – why it has done it this way and what benefit that has for the company

The winning JA company in the competition will receive a €200 prize to.

The JA company must invoice Nuori Yrittäjyys ry for the prize money after the final and no later than 31 May 2019.

BEST SALES TEAM

The Best Sales Team competition searches for a JA company with a good command of sales skills. A good salesperson can tell people about the product and company, listen to customers and their needs, and explain why the company’s product or service is good for customers. In addition, the salesperson should behave well, speak clearly and manage business negotiations on for the company.

The Best Sales Team competition is intended for JA companies in the elementary school, secondary school and higher education categories. Companies do not register separately for the competition; rather, all JA companies are part of the competition. In the competition, winners are selected from all categories.

The main jury for the competition is responsible for judging the Best Sales Team competition. The jury will assess the JA companies’ sales and negotiation skills during the fair and choose a winner.

Not even the best product or service will sell itself, meaning active sales work is an important part of the company’s success for every entrepreneur.

The jury will assess the following matters when choosing the Best Sales Team:

  • The company has an active but customer-focused sales approach
  • The salespeople are able to tell people about the solution the company offers and the benefits it has for the buyer
  • Salespeople have excellent listening and negotiation skills
  • Salespeople aim to offer a solution and close deals

The winning JA company in the competition will receive a €100 prize.

The JA company must invoice Nuori Yrittäjyys ry for the prize money after the final and no later than 31 May 2019.

BEST BUSINESS PRESENTATION

The Best Business Presentation competition searches for the JA company which can impress the jury with its presentation and appearance. An excellent company presentation will succinctly summarize the business idea, business activities and main lessons learnt.

The Best Business Presentation competition is intended for JA companies in the elementary school, secondary school and higher education categories. Companies do not register separately for the competition; rather, all JA companies are part of the competition. In the competition, winners are selected from all categories. The company presentation is also part of the Finland’s best company competition for all categories.

The main jury for the competition, and any additional jury members, are responsible for judging the Best Company Presentation competition. The jury will assess the JA companies’ business ideas and business operations on the basis of the company presentations and choose a winner.

The winning company presentation will summarize the JA company’s most important achievements, lessons and the cornerstones of the business operations in a presentation of no more than four minutes.

The jury will assess the following matters when choosing the Best Company Presentation:

  • Presentation content and structure
    • Is the presentation a logically structured whole?
    • Does the presentation show the company’s most important achievements and experiences?
    • Is the presentation professional, does it describe the company’s operations, and does its message reach the company’s target audiences?
  • Appearance and cooperation
    • Does the company succeed in talking about its operations in an interesting way?
    • Have the entrepreneurs dressed in a way that is suitable for the image and business idea?
    • Does the company talk about itself in a professional way?
  • Understanding of company operations
    • What is the product or service description (what, why, for whom, how)?
    • Does the company tell people about the strengths and competitive advantages of the product or service?
    • What value does the company produce for its customers? What problem does it solve?
    • What is the company’s unique selling point?
    • What are the company’s most important key financial figures?
  • Learning
    • Does the company talk about how its operations have developed during the programme?
    • What are the company’s plans for the future?
  • Technology
    • Does the presentation make use of technology?
    • Does the presentation and how it looks match the company’s identity?

The winning JA company in the competition will receive a €100 prize.

The JA company must invoice Nuori Yrittäjyys ry for the prize money after the final and no later than 31 May 2019.

BEST SERVICE

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The Best Service competition is intended for JA companies in the elementary school and secondary school categories and is jointly intended for them jointly. Companies do not register separately for the competition; rather, all JA companies whose business ideas contain some sort of service are part of the competition. The competition is joint for both school categories.

The main jury for the competition is responsible for judging the Best Service competition. The jury will assess the companies’ operations and business idea on the basis of the company’s report and performance at the fair, and then choose a winner.

The Best Service is innovative and responds to a practical problem. The Best Service may be a new innovation or a better way of operating than existing solutions. From the customer perspective, the Best Service will work well, be reliable, have a good price-quality ratio and be clear. For the company, the Best Service should be a profitable and defined package (price-quality ratio for the company).

The Service may also involve a product, but in that case the costs of manufacturing the product must be small compared to the price of the service (for example, in a coffee shop, a speciality coffee may cost €4, with most of the cost being the cost of the service). Providing the service may not be dependent on the specialized skills of one person (for example, a singer or magician).

When making its assessment, the jury will pay attention to the following:

  • The service has novelty value and solves a customer problem that the company has identified
  • The company has identified the service’s most important target audiences and clarified their needs
  • The service’s purchasing process is clear and made easy for the customer
  • The service has a clear, justified pricing model
  • The commercialization of the service has been done well and the concept has been developed during operations, for example on the basis of customer feedback
  • The service offered by the company is a clear whole
  • The jury will consider taking the circular economy into account an extra merit

The winning JA company in the competition will receive a €200 prize to.

The JA company must invoice Nuori Yrittäjyys ry for the prize money after the final and no later than 31 May 2019.

BEST PRODUCT

The Best Product competition searches for the JA company whose product stands out in the final.

The Best Product competition is intended for JA companies in the elementary school and secondary school categories. Companies do not register separately for the competition; rather, all JA companies are part of the competition. The competition is joint for both categories.

The main jury for the competition is responsible for judging the Best Product competition. The jury will assess the companies’ operations and product on the basis of the company’s report and performance at the fair, and then choose a winner.

The best product is innovative, respond to a practical problem, or be a new way of doing something.

The jury will assess the following matters when choosing the Best Product:

  • The product has novelty value and offers an innovative solution for a customer problem
  • The company has identified the product’s most important target audiences and clarified their needs
  • The product is user-friendly and has been developed in a customer-centric way
  • The product has a clear, justified pricing model
  • The product has been commercialized well and the concept has been developed during operations
  • The jury will consider taking the environment and circular economy into account an extra merit

The winning JA company in the competition will receive a €200 prize to.

The JA company must invoice Nuori Yrittäjyys ry for the prize money after the final and no later than 31 May 2019.

JA ALUMNI AWARD

JA Alumni Finland ry is an independent organization maintained by active former JA entrepreneurs. All the members of the organization are former JA entrepreneurs who wanted to continue learning and growing their networks with other JA alumni. JA alumni are united by an entrepreneurial spirit, passion and a learning-by-doing attitude.

The JA Alumni Award is distributed to passionate JA entrepreneurs who stand out to their credit during the final. There is no separate registration for this award. The JA Alumni board chooses the recipients of the award during the final. The competition is open to all JA companies regardless of category.

Members the JA Alumni board make up the JA Alumni award jury. They will tour the fair venue and interview JA entrepreneurs.

The JA Alumni Award is given to one JA company and three individuals.

When making its assessment, the competition jury will pay attention to the following:

  • Brilliant networker, that is, the company or person openly presents their idea and gets to know other JA entrepreneurs. A brilliant networker is themselves, but has a polite and friendly attitude.
  • An entrepreneurial attitude, that is, the company or person believes in their idea and is excited about it.
  • Courage, that is, the company or person has shown courage during the JA year, for example by boldly developing their business idea, continued working as an entrepreneur in the midst of difficulties or in other ways stepped out of their comfort zone.
  • Good team player: the team players support each other and present each other’s strengths.

Palkinto julkaistaan kevään 2020 aikana.

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