JA Start Up programme

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

The programme is currently running in 20 countries across Europe.

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

Develop enterprising skills and attitudes:

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


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 Impact

  • The entrepreneurial rate among JA alumni is twice as high as the average population
  • JA participants are 25% less likely to be unemployed after graduation
  • 63% of JA alumni are confident managing their own money (compared to 37% of non-JA)
  • JA participants are three times more likely to hold senior or middle management positions


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