JA Startup Programme

The Start Up Programme gives post-secondary students (aged 19 to 30) the opportunity to experience running their own company, giving them an insight into how their talents could be used to set up in business for themselves.

Students also develop attitudes and skills necessary for personal success and employability, even understanding the inner-workings of business. They gain key understanding in self-employment, business creation, risk-taking and coping with adversity, all with the support of experienced business volunteers.

Programme overview

  • 1 academic year (up to 26 weeks with 2-4 hours/wk)
  • 20 European countries implementing the JA StartUp programme
  • 17 000  students participating last year
  • 500+ higher education institutions
  • 2500+ business coach / mentor
JA Staert Up Programme

Students gain real-world experience:

  • Build entrepreneurial skills and competencies
  • Develop business concepts from bottom to top
  • Create strong business plans
  • Learn to take responsibility and be accountable to their shareholders

Students develop enterprising skills and attitudes:

  • Creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Setting goals and time management

Teacher testimonial

Student testimonial