Schedule of Events

August 14
TYCIC school programming beginsSchools can register to participate HERE to receive classroom materials for the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge.
November 10Completion of in-class componentDeadline for schools to complete the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge program in the classroom.
November 10Deadline for students to submit a Business Model CanvasStudents can submit their Business Model Canvas here HERE. Semi-Finalists will be notified on November 29.
December 18TYCIC Press ConferenceJunior Achievement and the Brees Dream Foundation will present the Semi-Finalists at a press conference open to the media and invited guests.
January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 21, 28 and March 7
JA Idea Accelerator Workshop Series

Junior Achievement Office

Students will meet at the JA facility for the JA Idea Accelerator Workshop Series. In this setting, entrepreneurs and business leaders from the community will mentor the teams as they fine tune their business plans. These workshops will be held at JA during the evening and dinner will be provided.
February 19- March 2Viral VotingTeams are ready to market their business plans to friends and family through an online voting process HERE. The more viral votes received, the better the potential to move on to the finals!
March 10The Big Pitch

Junior Achievement Office • JA BizTown

After months of training, the teams will be ready to pitch their crazy ideas to a panel of judges and invited guests at The Big Pitch located at JA’s facility.
March 11Pelicans Game
Game starts at 3:00pm
Semi-finalists attend a New Orleans Pelicans game, finalists and local winner will be announced mid-court at half time.
March 23Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge @NOEW

TYCIC Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum
Presented by JPMorgan Chase
1:00-2:30pm • CAC Theater

TYCIC State Final Competition
3:00-5:00pm • CAC Theater

The Challenge finalists from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and North Louisiana will pitch their business plans to a panel of judges at this New Orleans Entrepreneur Week event. The State Champion will be selected and prizes will be announced- for both students and schools!