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Junior Achievement Teams with Hatch for Youth Entrepreneurship Event

Virginia Beach, VA – Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads is pleased to announce a program partnership with Hatch, the Norfolk-based startup hub and incubator.

This new collaboration will enhance youth entrepreneurship education through Junior Achievement’s Spark Hampton Roads program suite.  Now in its third year, Spark Hampton Roads empowers high school students to launch real startups and engage with authentic entrepreneurial learning experiences and events.


This year – in addition to plugging its 1000 Four resource platform into Spark Hampton Roads’ classroom programming – the Hatch team will employ its expertise to redefine one of these events.  Founder Zack Miller will spearhead a customized iteration of Hatch’s popular LEAP workshop, re-christened LEAP @ Junior Achievement.

This “Business Obstacle Course” teaches critical startup strategies and then presents participants with challenges to immediately put new skills to use.  Students will then have the opportunity to adapt lessons learned to their own Spark Hampton Roads businesses.  The event is designed to take young participants just outside their comfort zones, where so much true business success occurs.

“Many have said entrepreneurship is the future, and I agree with that, but to fully embrace the idea of entrepreneurship we must empower our youth to jump on the bandwagon and show them that they can, and will, create their own futures,” says Miller. “Because of this, I am thrilled to be working with JA to provide their students the ability to learn, innovate and create whatever business and lifestyle they want.”


“We are pleased to work with Hatch because Zack and his team are fundamental to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hampton Roads,” says Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads President Frank Hughlett. “The resources they are providing are incredibly valuable and will be a huge boost to our students and educators.”

LEAP @ Junior Achievement is open to the public for observation and takes place on November 16, 2017, from 9:45 am – 1:45 pm, at the Advanced Technology Center on the TCC Virginia Beach campus. 

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No matter the time or place: a busy entrepreneur or small business owner can benefit from spending a few minutes in the 1000 Four online community. 1000 Four is a community, not a classroom. 

Aaron Arnold
Education Manager – Special Programs | Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads


November is entrepreneurship month

During the month of November JAGHR will be providing Launch Lessons to high school students. JA Launch Lesson is designed to coincide with National Entrepreneurship Month in November. The program brings an entrepreneur into a high school classroom to engage students in a one-hour presentation aimed to inspire and share with young people what it takes to launch and run a business venture. If you are an entrepreneur and would like to lead a launch lesson, please visit the volunteer opportunities page and go to High School Opportunities.  We have kicked off our entrepreneurship events a little early and participated in an Entrepreneurship Summit in partnership with Opportunity Inc. and Suntrust. The goal of this Summit was to engage local high school students and provide them with lifelong skills along with advice on how to run a business. JA Staff along with Sam Weatherly of MakerMex led students in a Design Thinking seminar, to get them to think outside of the box and create rapid prototypes of a product meant to help their partner with a current problem. Thank you again to Opportunity Inc. for having us and to Suntrust as well for being an awesome partner!