The JA Company Program is a free entrepreneurship program that trains senior high school students to become entrepreneurs and develop entrepreneurial mindsets for problem-solving. Students are trained to look beyond traditional employment models and explore prospects that enable them to become job creators and opportunity makers rather than just opportunity takers.
The program targets only form one and form two students in high schools.
Weekly meetings are held where students learn through videos shown on projectors and moderated by a teacher/patron. Students are being challenged to identify problems in any of these four thematic areas and attempt to develop solutions to them; Agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Renewable Energy, and Health Technology.
Solutions may be a prototype of a product, service or invention; they must be proven and well documented as a viable solution capable of impacting at least 3000 people directly or indirectly.
The program culminates with a National Business Pitch Competition between participating schools. The winners represent Ghana with their business idea at the Africa Company of the Year (COY). In 2022, Serwaa Kesse Girls Senior High School in Duayaw Nkwanta from the Ahafo Region won the competition and represented the country at the Africa Regional Competition held in Lagos, Nigeria in December.