The 2021 award winners were announced today by tech-legend Ralph de la Vega, former President and CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions. Each of the six finalists were automatically entered after winning Company of the Year at their regional competitions and included teams from Singapore (JA Asia-Pacific), Southeast Texas (Junior achievement United States), Denmark (JA Europe), Oman (INJAZ Al-Arab JA MENA), eSwatini (JA Africa) and Peru (JA Americas).
In the end, the team from JA Denmark (Fonden for Entreprenørskab) triumphed. The team wins a cash prize from US $ 15,000, as well as an entrepreneurship course from the institution of their choice. Each team member also receives a non-fungible token (NFT) which represents one of only five copies of a digital graphic specially created for this year’s winner by designer and artist. Macha Eizner, with its authenticity verified via the blockchain.
The winning company, Bubbles, improves communication between educators and students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Students wear noise-canceling headphones that eliminate audio distractions and create a direct line of communication between teacher and student, improving academic performance. Nicklas Stockholm, 19 years old, Christian Ørum, 18 years old, and Kevin Albin, 20, gathered in a class called Innovation, which includes the JA business program. Their idea was born as Christian watched his sister struggle with ADHD. “We quickly realized that it wasn’t just my sister who was affected by this,” Christian said. “Many other students have been influenced, including many other diagnoses that have inhibited their ability to concentrate in class.” Learn more about Bulles.
The other five final teams each win the United States $ 5,000, thanks to the investment of the La Vega Family Foundation.
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