Schedule of Events

August 14-November 15
JA Catalyst program launches at local high schools. Schools can register to participate HERE to receive classroom materials for the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge.
TBAJA Catalyst Saturday Workshop (open to the public)1-day workshop is designed to allow students (grades 9-12) who are not enrolled through their schools to participate in JA Catalyst and apply to the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge program.
November 30Deadline for students to submit their Crazy Idea.Students can submit their Crazy Idea here HERE. Semi-Finalists will be notified the first week of December.
December 11TYCIC Press Conference with Drew BreesJunior Achievement and the Brees Dream Foundation will present the Semi-Finalists at a press conference open to the media and invited guests.
January 9th,16th, 23rd, 30th


February 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th

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.
TBAViral 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!
TBAThe 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.
TBAPelicans Game
Semi-finalists attend a New Orleans Pelicans game, finalists and local winner will be announced mid-court at half time.
TBATrust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge @NOEW

TYCIC Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum

TYCIC State Final Competition

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!