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JA companies in Northern Ostrobothnia and Lapland will showcase their products and services at Uskalla Yrittää -semifina at Kauppakeskus Valkea in Oulu. Semifinal is a trade fair event and open for visitors.

Welcome to visit the semifinal and get to know the ideas from students. Event is organized on Thursday 13.2.2020 and the trade fair is open from 12:00 to 15:45. After the trade fair, we will announce the winners. Event will finish at 16:00. The winners of the semifinal will proceed to the Uskalla Yrittää -final, which is organized in Helsinki 22.-23.4.2020.

This year the event will have visiting JA companies from Sweden as part of the joint NY Bothnian Artic UF -project, funded by Interreg.

Check out the participating companies!
Semifinaaliin ei ole vielä ilmoittautuneita NY-yrityksiä.

Teacher! The Northern Ostrobothnia Entrepreneurship Education Network will organize a seminar for teaching staff before the semifinal in downtown Oulu. Speakers at the seminar include: Piia-Noora Kauppi (Finanssiala) and Ville Saarikalle (Nordic Business Forum). Read more about the event and register here.

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> Go and register for the semifinal here

Registration for the semifinals ends on 4.2.2020 at 19:00.

Consent forms

You can return the consent forms by e-mail before the event to [email protected] or by signing and bringing the consent forms to the event.

Guidelines for participants

JA companies that participate in the JA Company Program are eligible for the Uskalla Yrittää -semifinal. Primarily, the event is aimed at JA companies baed in Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia, but JA companies in other region are welcome to join the event.

Participation in the event is free and is open to all JA companies in the JA Company Program.

  • 11:00 Setting up the stands
  • 12:00 Opening of the trade fair
  • 12:00 – 15:45 Trade fair open, jury going around, observing and interviewing teams
  • 12:45 – 13:30 Teachers’ networking session w/ coffee
  • 12:30 – 15:00 JA company pitching competition
    • 12:30 Set 1
    • 13:30 Set 2
    • 14:00 Set 3
    • 14:30 Set 4
    • 15:00 Set 5
  • 15:45 Award ceremony
  • 16:00 Event ends

In the semifinal, all JA companies will present a maximum of 2 minute sales pitch. The pitch may be presented by one or more members of the JA Company.

Pitches will be heard in the semifinals in five rounds and split between 12:30 and 15:00 as follows:

  • 12:30 Set 1
  • 13:30 Set 2
  • 14:00 Set 3
  • 14:30 Set 4
  • 15:00 Set 5

Pitches are not part of the official competition, but the event will select the best sales pitch that will be rewarded with a product prize.

For teachers, we will have a joint coffee moment during the semifinals to network. Welcome to chat and share experiences. Networking coffees will be held from 12:45 to 13:30.

JA companies have a trade fair table provided by the organizers:

  • The table (table B) is sized: 81 cm x 94cm x 47 cm, with a shelf in the back of the table for the storage of equipment.
    • You can bring for instance your own poster for the front panel of the table. The front panel is 71 cm wide and 88 cm high so it somewhat matches a poster sized approximately A1.
    • The advertisement material can be attached on the table with either masking tape or transparent office tape.

JA companies do not have separate walls at the stand nor electricity. Bringing an own table to the event is off limits. The JA company can bring along its own roll-up / wall to be kept behind the table. The width of the roll-up / wall can be at most one meter.

If the product of your JA company is too big for instance to be kept on the table it is possible to replace the table with the product in question. A practical example: the product of a JA company is a desk made from a pallet with the size of approximately 1 m x 1 m. This is an ensembe so big that it doesn’t fit at the stand with the fair table. In such a case the product can replace the table but it is imperative to notice that there is no other table.

Remember to mind the lay-out. It isn’t worthwhile to stack everything for sale on the table. Instead it is worth to think precisely what to keep up front. In this way the stand looks interesting and specifically neat.

The Finnish law and general ethics concerning good behaviour are to be obeyed at the fair event. The event includes everything happening at the place of the the fair (preparing of the stands, the fair itself, the deconstruction of the stands) concerning the Uskalla Yrittää semifinal.
Trading is allowed only by the stand appointed to your JA company but marketing is allowed everywhere around the Kaari shopping centre. Marketing means the general activities for advancing the commerce of the company, for instance handing out companys fliers to customers. Commerce and trading means the exchange of products or services sold bythe JA company for money or some other form of compensation.
Trading in Kaari shopping centre is allowed from the moment when the own stand is ready fo selling. In other words, it is allowed to sell products to customers even before the fair officially opens. Trading stops at the the end of the fair.
Implantation of posters and other commercials on walls, pillars and railing of Kaari is prohibited. A JA company can implant their posters on their own fair table.
A JA company can also bring along their own roll-up / wall behind the table. The width of the roll-up / wall can be at most one meter.
Every JA company is responsible of their own stand, their own product and their own belongings. The stand means the table appointed to every JA company.
The stand has a table ready for selling and usage of the JA company. There is no electricity or wall at hand at the stand.
Sitting at the stand is prohibited from the JA entrepreneurs. There are NO chairs at the stand and it is not allowed to bring them unless it is essential for the business idea (by offering for instance beauty services for which it is imperative that the customer sits down).
Dangerous objects such as guns and explosives are prohibited in the whole fair area. Making fire in any form is forbidden at the fair, concerning even burning of candles.
Using of two-sized tape, glue, blu-tack, staples, screws or nails to implant decorations on the table at the stand is prohibited. The JA companys duty is to leave the stand in the same condition it was when itwas appointed to them. Cleaning and possible damages of the stand are JA companys own responsibility.
The JA entrepreneurs are obliged to compensate financially any damage on the property of outstanding facets caused by them during the fair if the Finnish law so requires.
Smoking, consumption of alcohol or other intoxicants is prohibited during the fair regardless the age of the JA entrepreneur. Should violations of this rule be detected is the person in question removed from the event immediately.

Age limit

There is no age limit for participating in the semifinal. All JA companies are welcome to register to the event and get experience in selling.

If you JA company is chosen to the national Uskalla Yrittää -final, then you have to take into account the following age limit (elementary and secondary level JA companies):

In the final for the European championship is the lower age limit 15 years and upper age limit 21 years for the participants from the upper secondary level. If there is an under- or over-aged member in the JA company it limits the chance of getting to the competition for the European championship.

If your company wants to compete for getting to the final in the Euopean championship can this person not take part in the operation of your company at any level. She or he is therefore a guest at the event and has access to the trade fair and the presentations of the companies. She or he cannot, however, identify as a representative of your JA company.

A JA company can take part in the final with all its members regardless their ages but in that case the JA company cannot become the representative of Finland in the competition for the European championship. In all the other categories of the competition is the JA company included, though.

Participating members

The maximum number of members in the registration form is 8.

The best (5) JA companies will qualify for the national final, which will be held in Helsinki from 22 to 23 April 2020. The semifinal prize categories are as follows:

  • Best JA company (secondary level)
  • Best JA company (elementary level)
  • Best business idea (category open for all companies)
  • Best product (category open for all companies)
  • Best service (category open for all companies)

You can find the criteria here.

In addition to the finalists, we will give the following awards:

  • Best pitch
  • Best stand
  • Best visiting company
  • 5 x Best international potential to enter Luleå at the fair in February 2020
    • The winners will be selected by the NY Bothnia Arctic UF Project Team

Unfortunately we are not able to organize food serving at the event.

If you are unable to attend the fair, please email [email protected] by 10.2.2020.

Absence or cancellation of a registered JA company after 10.2. with no valid reason (medical certificate) obliges the company to pay a processing fee of 50 €.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact:

Mireka Kantola
Event Producer, Junior Achievement Finland

#UskallaYrittää @NuoriYrittajyys

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