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Awards

The best JA companies of the year are chosen in the Uskalla Yrittää final. The main award categories are the best company on elementary, upper secondary and higher education levels. In addition to the main awards there are awards in other categories too.

The best companies in Finland are chosen by a jury of professionals from the business life. The jury will investigate the operation of the companies for two days.

The best JA company in Finland

Read the description of the contest and jury's criteria – JA Company Programme (elementary and upper secondary level)

Both from the elementary and the upper secondary level will be chosen the best JA companies of the school year and the winner is chosen for its excellence as a whole. The jury will evaluate the operation of the companies at the fair, during the business presentations and in the interview of the jury.

In the JA Company Programme the purpose is to learn the following things:

  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Interaction skills
  • Self-imposed search for information and learning
  • Applying know-how in practice
  • Know-how in business (marketing, economic control, management)

The duty of the jury is to evaluate the learning based on what the JA company has achieved and done during the school year and how well it is prepared for the national final.

A recipe for a prospering company is:

  • A functional and feasible idea and product/service.
  • A plan of operation where the functionality of the idea is appraised and the execution planned.
  • A versatile and well managed execution of the company
    (planning, production, marketing, accounting, reporting). The execution includes lots to do, activities, different procedures and learning experiences.
  • A good and clear reporting describing operation and learning
  • A well planned  business presentation
  • A good delivery in the interview of the jury
    A clear view of possibilities for development of the own operation.
    Different members answer the questions and they have a common vision.
  • An eager will to learn and advance in the future as well
  • Enough revenue/customers and a positive profit the company can prove the functionality of the idea and own activity in acquiring customers as well.

Revenue and the profit of the company during the school year is important because it shows the potential of the company and is a proof of the work made. Solely the amount of profit doesn’t matter that much because ideas are different and their potential for gain might depend on the living region of the youngsters.

1. Activity at the fair

During the fair will be followed:

  • How the cooperation between the member of the JA company works?
  • How the JA company succeeds in presenting the products ant the company itself at the fair?
  • Is the stand at the fair a visually logical wholeness and does it help the selling?

2. Business presentation

  • A 4 minute long presentation of the company which is a clear ensemble of the company and its possibilities.
  • The participants can use in their presentation supporting material suca as PowerPoint, Prezi tai PDF -presentations or other visual support but forms of non-live presentations is prohibited to use.
  • Using of short videos is allowed but the time used on the video is included in the four minute presentation. It’s good to thik thoroughly does the video help the presentation.
  • Concerning the content it pays off to describe what the company does, why it does it, has it made profit and what you have learned.
  • The language of the presentation:
    • The presentation language on elementary level is Finnish, Swedish or English.
    • The presentation language on the upper secondary level is English.

3. The interview of the jury

  • A 5 minute long interview where the company arrives as one group.
  • The purpose of the interview is to give the jury a clear picture about the operation of the company and the evaluation focuses on skills in interviewing/negotiating, the clarity of the answers, sticking to the point, arguments on the company’s possibilities of success and the fact that the answers are in line with the things told in the annual report.
  • Language: All the interviews are made in Finnish, Swedish or English according to the groups wishes.

NOTE! Members of the best JA company of the upper secondary level can be at most 21 years old 31.7.2018. The age limit is based on JA Europe’s rules concerning the final competition for the European championship.

Read the description of the contest and jury's criteria – JA Start Up Program (higher education level)

Overall Judging Concept for the NY Start Up -final

  • 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.

Evaluation events in the final

The following touch points (% of total score) are used by judges when evaluating the companies in the finals.

  • NY Start Up pitch deck (30%)
  • Stage presentation/pitch (30%)
  • Interview with judges (30%)
  • Stand presentation (10%)

Download the full judging criteria HERE.

Age limit
Best NY Start Up -company award winner participants need to be between 18 – 29 years of old. You have to be under 30 at the date of the European Final competition. This is due to European Final regulations as the NY Start Up -programme is the first time entrepreneurship experience for young people. There is no age limit in other categories.

Awards for best JA companies

Elementary school

The best JA company from the elementary level gets to spend a day with Microsoft to explore the activities and culture of the company. The award includes possible travel expenses for the students and their teacher.

The award day will be 29.5.2018 from 9 to 15 in Espoo.

Upper secondary level

The best JA company of the upper secondary level represents Finland in the competition for the European championship in Serbia in July 2018.

Read more about the final.

Higher education level

The best JA company of the NY Start Up programme represents Finland in the European championship in Latvia in June 2018.

Read more about the final.

Award categories open for all levels

The best pitch of the trade fair

The Kamppi shopping centre is one of the most significant rendezvous-points in Helsinki and it is passed through over 100 000 people per day.

Every company gets to the scene to present itselfwith a short sales speech during the fair. The sales speech lasts for 30 seconds and is heard all over the shopping centre. A sales speech is short and concise and wakes the customers interest for the product or service.

The social media presence award

In the competition concerning social media the companies collect likes for their own picture. Nuori Yrittäjyys ry publishes a photo album on Facebook. The album introduces all the finalists and it is published on 6.4.2018 and it is possible to like until 18.4.2018 at 23:59.

Award categories in the JA Company Program

The best salesperson (separately for elementary level and upper secondary level

A good sales person can tell about the product and company, listen to the customer and needs and argument why the product/service is fitting for the customer.

In addition must the sales person have a good behavior and a skill for clear conversation. Even the best product or service doesn’t sell itself so an active selling is an important part of success of a company for every entrepreneur.

The best fair stand

At the fair in Kamppi every company has its own stand and it is among thme the jury chooses the from. A good stand is a entirety completing the product or service offered by the company.

Although every company has a similar table in use, the lay-out and decoration can distinguish one from the others. It pays off to watch the after movie from the fair of the final 2016 and search for ideas through it!

Suomen Yrittäjät Signature Award: The best product

The best product is innovative, gives an answer to a practical problem or is a new way of doing something.

The best product is user-friendly, it has a good proportion between price and quality and a functional design. Also the products feature of being ecological and recyclable is considered as an additional merit.

 

Fennia Signature Award: The best service

The best service is an  innovative form of operation and it gives an answer to a practical problem. The best service can be a new innovation or a better way to operate compared to the present ways. From the customers point of view the features of the best service are functionality, reliability, a good proportion between price and quality and the clarity of the service.

From the company’s point of view the best service has to be a profitable and defined ensemble (a good proportion between price and quality from the company’s point of view). There can be a product attached to the service but then the costs of production have to be low compared to the price of the service (for instance a special coffee at a café can cost 3 EUR but most of the price are the costs of the service).

The execution of the service cannot be dependent on the special skills of one person.

Award categories in the JA Start Up Program

Elo Signature Award: The best innovation

Judges will select the team that they believe has created the best innovation to succeed in the future. Selected team should continue the innovation development. Team has to be strong and committed to business idea and willing to go “extra mile” to succeed. Innovation need to deliver clear value (financial, cultural or societal).
Price: Cash price 500€ to support the innovation development. No age limit.

The best salesperson

A good sales person can tell about the product and company, listen to the customer and needs and argument why the product/service is fitting for the customer.

In addition must the sales person have a good behavior and a skill for clear conversation. Even the best product or service doesn’t sell itself so an active selling is an important part of success of a company for every entrepreneur.

The best business presentation

The purpose of the presentation is to give the companies a chance to present their operation to a real audience and see how well they get their listeners to get enthusiastic about the company and its operation.

Interaction skill are an important part of every entrepreneurs everyday life. The purpose of the presentation is to offer the students a chance to get feedback on their communication and how to market their own operation to out standing facets.

The presentation sums up the most important experiences and achievements from the year. The presentation should include up- and downhills – what have you learned from mistakes made and what have you achieved. Remember to tell about your learning experiences of the year. A presentation of the company is not a presentation of the product.

  • A 4 minute long presentation of the company which is a clear ensemble of the company and its possibilities.
  • The participants can use in their presentation supporting material such as PowerPoint, Prezi tai PDF -presentations or other visual support but forms of non-live presentations is prohibited to use.
  • Using of short videos is allowed but the time used on the video is included in the four minute presentation. It’s good to think thoroughly does the video help the presentation.
  • Concerning the content it pays off to describe what the company does, why it does it, has it made profit and what you have learned.
  • The language of the presentation is English.
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