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High School Startup Day

  • University of Central Arkansas (map)

Who: Junior Achievement High School Teams & Noble Impact Facilitation

When: Thursday, March 16 | 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Where: University of Central Arkansas

Sponsors: Startup Junkie Consulting, University of Central Arkansas

The Conductor, in partnership with Junior Achievement and Noble Impact, will host a High School Startup Day with students across the state. The event will give students an opportunity to work in teams while addressing educational issues that relate to their specific needs. They will work closely with community mentors and will formulate ideas for solutions. A final pitch will be given to professionals from the social and business sector that will serve as judges.


9:30 a.m.: Welcome

9:45 a.m.: Student teams begin working on the issue and problem statement

10:00 a.m.: Mentors arrive to offer guidance and research of problem in full swing

10:30 a.m.: Student teams identify stakeholders and formulate survey for distribution

10:45 a.m.: Quick Check-In with lead facilitator

11:15 a.m.: Student teams start creating pitch decks (google slides) and formulate signature story

11:30 a.m.: Working Lunch

11:45 a.m.: Student teams submit pitch deck to lead organizer

12:00 p.m.: Pitches Begin (2 minutes each)

12:55 p.m.: Winners Announced

1:00 p.m.: Students Depart


  • Students will learn new startup approaches to address issues and pitch innovative ideas
  • Students will receive feedback from local entrepreneurs that will serve as mentors for the event
  • Students will understand the importance of utilizing an entrepreneurial skill set to solve problems

About Conductor

The Conductor, a public-private partnership with the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie Consulting, drives innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development in central Arkansas through high-impact programming, one-on-one consulting, commercialization support and collaboration.

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through partnerships between businesses and educators, JA’s curricula helps K-12 students connect the dots between the classroom and the real-world. They currently have over 500 volunteers and reach over 13,000 students in Arkansas annually.

About Noble Impact

Noble Impact engages students and teachers through relevant and purpose-driven experiences focused on the intersection of public service and entrepreneurship. With certified curriculum through the Department of Arkansas Career Education, Noble Impact has an official program of study available for all Arkansas High Schools.

Earlier Event: March 7
Conductor Mentor Network Meeting
Later Event: March 29
1 Million Cups Conway