In early spring of this year, in partnership with the PGA TOUR and Junior Achievement Worldwide, FedEx launched the FedEx Junior Business Challenge, a program to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. At five PGA TOUR stops this season, students from local JA chapters in each of the cities hosting the tournament participated in Shark Tank style presentations, where they pitched original business concepts to a judging panel consisting of PGA TOUR players and local business leaders.
One business concept from each of the qualifying events was selected to advance to the FedEx Junior Business Challenge Finals at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Participating students will compete for the chance to generate a $75,000 donation from FedEx to their local JA chapter. Each of the five teams will be presenting to a panel of judges consisting of high-profile business leaders, as well as two times Super Bowl Champion and University of Georgia great Hines Ward. Additional panel members include a PGA TOUR player competing in the TOUR Championship, Jenny Robertson, Director of Citizenship and Reputation Management at FedEx, Ryan Lane, Founder of Dream Beard and FedEx Small Business Grant Winner, Peggy Loos, VP Connections, Investments and Assets for Coca-Cola.
The Junior Achievement of Georgia advanced from qualifier event at East Lake Golf Club, the site of the TOUR Championship. They will present Fur Fighters, a company based on four corporate principles: customer satisfaction, return to shareholders, productive learning environment and corporate social responsibility.
The JA of Georgia will be joined by:
FedEx’s relationship with JA Worldwide goes back to 1996, and since then the shipping giant has donated over $13 million to the organization. With the financial support of partners like FedEx, more young people are being equipped with the knowledge and experience to become entrepreneurs.