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The Junior Achievement and HP Global Business Challenge

Interview Regina Macedo, marketing director HP Brazil on the
the project on Talk 2 Brazil , Monday Aug. 17 LA Talk Radio

The HP Global Business Challenge (HPGBC) is based on JA Titan™, an online program that allows teams of high school and university students to act as chief executive officers of virtual manufacturing companies and compete to earn the highest performance index.

The teams are prompted to make decisions that affect the profitability and sustainability of their virtual company and attempt to outperform their competitors in profit, sales, and market share. They set prices, determine production levels, invest in capital, plan marketing and research, and development budgets.

"The HP Global Business Challenge is Junior Achievement's most intense competition, requiring superior knowledge and skill levels," said Sean C. Rush, president and chief executive officer, JA Worldwide. "These students are socially-minded technology innovators. Through this competition, we empower their entrepreneurship and work readiness."

Who is eligible to participate?
JA Students or alumni between the ages of 14 and 22, from any global region, who have JA Worldwide program experience including, but not limited to, JA Titan, JA Banks in Action, JA Company Program, JA Economics, JA Exploring Economics, and/or GLOBE.

Date of Final Competition August 18, 2009.

Location Brazil.

Final Round
The Final Face-to-Face Competition will be held in Brazil in August 2009.

Ccash prizes will be awarded to the top five teams at the final competition!
Travel Prizes:
Travel scholarships will be awarded to the top eight teams and one chaperone from each finalist country. Two students from each of the top eight teams will be flown to the final competition in August 2009 to compete in person. .

All participating students compete within their age groups during the two qualifying rounds. The HPGBC has two divisions: University (ages 18-22) and High School (ages 14-18). Student teams who advance to the final competition will compete against both age groups with no separation by division.

About Junior Achievement:
JA Worldwide is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. JA’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our 384,925 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.

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