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Student Programs

Entrepreneurs start building skills while they’re young. The student programs active in our region help spur innovation.

JA Company Program

Junior Achievement

The JA Company Program Blended Model unlocks the innate ability in students to solve a problem or fill a need in their community through an entrepreneurial spirit. The program is available for both in-school or after-school implementation, and may be completed during one-semester or throughout an entire school year. Two implementation options are available: 13 two-hour meetings or 26 one-hour meetings focused on the Company Ops.


Peoria Public Schools

Students will learn about advertising, competitive advantages, financing, marketing, and product development. The program is composed of seven sessions, each 45 minutes in length. The program is recommended for students in grades nine through 12. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed session plans for the volunteer and materials for 32 students.

Brave Pitch

Bradley University

The Brave Pitch Competition is an elevator pitch competition in which students have three minutes to describe a new idea, innovation, or social venture to a panel of judges and a student audience. The top three pitches win cash prizes.


A hackathon is an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. “a series of 48-hour hackathons to build new web and mobile services.” Lincubate Hackothons will be ongoing. People will participate as they can, and will stay engaged with fun meetings and projects.

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