The JA Innovation Camp is a one-day, intensive experience that engages 50 Greek-Cypriot and 50 Turkish-Cypriot high school students with entrepreneurial and collaborative learning opportunities.
Students are divided at random into teams of 5, and the teams divided such that those from the same schools are not grouped together. All teams are presented with the same hypothetical challenge and are given the goal of finding a creative and innovative business solution to the challenge presented.
Teams are provided with a laptop and a flash drive that contained templates for a PowerPoint Presentation; they had a specific amount of time to develop a presentation to illustrate each team’s proposed solution. As they prepare their presentation, they have access to business volunteers that help them think through their ideas and develop an achievable and realistic solution to the challenge.
Teams need to apply their entrepreneurial thinking to arrive at their final solutions before making presentations in front of a panel of judges. The panel selects the top solutions and announces winners for the first, second, and third place.