2019-2020 School Year Schedule

August – November 2019JA Catalyst curriculum is launched in high schools throughout the state!Entrepreneurs and JA Staff visit high schools to implement the 4-lesson JA Catalyst Curriculum.

Schools can register to receive the JA Catalyst curriculum and materials by clicking HERE or by emailing sam@jagno.org

November 2, 2019JA Catalyst Saturday Workshop

presented by Chick-Fil-A!

BizTown @ JA – 5100 Orleans Ave

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Join us for a 1-day workshop for students whose schools are not enrolled in the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge.

We’ll cover the entire JA Catalyst curriculum and help you submit to the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge.

PLEASE RSVP BY CLICKING HERE or by emailing sam@jagno.org.

November 22, 2019Submission DeadlineYou can submit to the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge by clicking here!

Submissions are due by 11:59 PM on November 22, 2019.

Semi-Finalist teams will be notified the first week of December.

TBAPress Conference with Drew Brees

BizTown @ Junior Achievement
5100 Orleans Avenue

Drew Brees and JA will host a press conference to announce the 20 Semi-Finalist teams for the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge Class of 2020!
January 8
January 15
January 22
January 29
February 5
February 12
March 4
March 11
JA Idea Accelerator Series (8 weeks)

5:00 – 7:00 PM

BizTown @ Junior Achievement
5100 Orleans Avenue

The Semi-Finalist teams will meet weekly for two hours to hear from local entrepreneurs and business leaders to work to refine and develop their Crazy Ideas into business plans and pitches.

Meetings will be weekly at JA. Dinner will be provided.

February 5-12Viral Voting WeekThe Semi-Finalist teams are ready to start marketing their Crazy Ideas!

Make sure you visit out YouTube page to vote for your favorite Crazy Idea!

March 13The Big Pitch

BizTown @ Junior Achievement
5100 Orleans Avenue

After months of training, the Semi-Finalist teams are ready to pitch their Crazy Ideas!

Each Semi-Finalist team will pitch their Crazy Idea to a panel of local entrepreneurs. Winners will be announced at the end of the night!

The winning team will receive $5,000 in scholarships and $2,500 for their school.

Two runners-up will receive $2,500 in scholarships.

March 19Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge State Finals

Lafayette, LA

The Trust Your Crazy Ideas 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!

The State winner for the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge will receive $10,000 in scholarships and $5,000 for their school.

The three runners-up will receive $2,500 in scholarships and $2,500 for their schools.