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Sao Paulo will host for the first time the Company of the Year Competition (COY) that awards the best JA Company of students throughout Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. FedEx is the main sponsor of the competition that also count with support from Delta Air Lines. JA Brazil will receive 20 students´ companies from November 27th to the 30t.


Brazil is getting ready to receive an international event that is relevant for the activation of youth in Latin America and the Caribbean: Sao Paulo will host the 9th edition of the Company of the Year Competition (COY). The event will gather delegations from 15 countries from the region and will seek to award the best Company of the Year among a series of candidates that participated in the JA Company Program in their respective countries.


“We are very proud of Brazil being able to organize an international event with such importance as the COY; we have worked intensively and, with the support of companies really committed to youth empowerment, we trust we will carry an historical edition of this competition” said Bety Tichauer, Executive Director of Junior Achievement Brazil. She also stated that “the COY has the unconditional regional FedEx support, as main sponsor since its first edition as, and we also count with support from Delta Air Lines as well as local companies”.


“FedEx is a proud sponsor of the JA COY program in six regions of the world”, said representatives from the company. “We appreciate the entrepreneurial passion of the student teams competing from across Latin America and the Caribbean. Global Entrepreneurship is one of our five focus areas under our FedEx Cares program, where we have committed to invest $200 million in 200 communities around the world by 2020.”


The COY will be carried out from November 27th to the 30th and will have, among other things, an open Fair where each delegation will present their company (and its products) to the public, seminars and workshops for entrepreneurs, evaluations from an international jury, and lastly, a gala dinner where the winners will be awarded. A Jamaican team, creators of the JAHSCHENTS Company, was awarded winner last year during the 2016 edition carried out in Mexico City.


The activities mentioned above will include the FedEx Access Seminar, designed to help JA students understand the impact of global access to create high-paying jobs, grow businesses, and to benefit our world’s environment. This seminar will be complemented by a special award: the FedEx Access Award will recognize the company presenting the best business plan with the potential to create jobs, grow small businesses, expand global development and improve the environment, all powerful indicators of Accessibility.

Gabriel Villalobo