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JA's PowerUP at NSLS

Congratulations to "PowerUp," which was one of 15 JA student companies from around the country selected to participate in the JA National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS) in Washington, D.C., in June.

PowerUp was the company formed by students from the JA Entrepreneurial Academy held this past school year at Stanley Black & Decker's World Headquarters in New Britain. The program was also sponsored by Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs.

The students, who came from seven different high schools throughout central Connecticut, developed a business plan to sell portable phone and tablet chargers. They were remarkably successful, providing stockholders with a nearly 750 percent return on their investment.

At the national student summit, the PowerUP students had a chance to network with international business leaders, US policy makers and celebrities, such as Michael Johnson of the NFL, during the three days of high impact JA experiences. The PowerUP students also demonstrated business acumen and a spirit of entrepreneurship when they, in a team of two other JA Company programs, won the Social Media Award.

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