JA Rising Women

Introducing a new program that shows the world you mean business!

Wednesdays, Feb. 8 - May 10
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
BTS Software Solutions
6200 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 190, Columbia, MD 21045

Are you inspired by entrepreneurs like Vera Wang, Oprah Winfrey, and Arianna Huffington? Now you can join their ranks and get a jump start on the path to running your own successful business. JA Rising Women, launching next fall, is a unique after-school opportunity for female high school students in Howard County (grades 9-12) who are interested in exploring their entrepreneurial potential.

With the help of businesswomen in Howard County who serve as mentors, you and your JA Rising Women team will conceptualize an idea for a product or service, capitalize your venture, market your offerings, and reap the profits! Whatever your interests or strengths, there is a place for you in the student company. JA Rising Women requires a certain level of commitment, which you must be willing to make. This program is a great experience, but relies on the effort of the students involved to make it successful.

To be considered for the program students must complete an application packet, which includes:

  • •  Student Application & Statement of Interest to be completed by student
  • •  Standards of Conduct Form to be signed by student
  • •  Parent/Guardian Consent Form to be completed by a parent/guardian
  • •  Media Release to be signed by student or parent/ guardian
  • •  Recommendation Form to be completed by a high school teacher/academic advisor
  • •  List of Frequently Asked Questions

JA Rising Women will meet weekly after school. There will be breaks for the holidays. Applications for the next session will be available in August.

For more information, contact Hina Naseem at hnaseem@jamaryland.org or (410) 363-6403.

Previous JA Rising Women cohorts:

Fall 2015
•  Company Name: Snoozzzy Scents
•  Product: Scented Pillowcases - Sold Out of Inventory
•  19 participants from River Hill, Oakland Mills, Centennial, Reservoir, Marriotts Ridge, Wilde Lake
•  Profit of $499

•  CEO: Alice Xue (Centennial)
•  CFO: Barathi Aravindan (River Hill)

Hosted by Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE)

Spring 2016
•  Company Name: Chillowco
•  Product: Cooling Pillowcases
•  23 participants from River Hill, Oakland Mills, Reservoir, Marriotts Ridge, Wilde Lake, Howard, Atholton, Hammond, Long Reach
•  Profit of $710

•  CEO: Meah Konstanzer (Reservoir)
•  CFO: Amber Deng (River Hill)

Hosted by BTS Software Solutions

Fall 2016
•  Company Name: Medley
•  Product: Heart of HoCo, a compilation book of recipes from families in Howard County celebrating the diversity of the region
•  17 participants from River Hill, Mt Hebron, Centennial, Marriotts Ridge, Howard, Atholton
•  Profit of $894

•  CEO: Ashley Martin (Atholton)
•  CFO: Annabelle Gao (Marriotts Ridge)

Hosted by Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE)

Check out photos from the JA Rising Women Gala (1.11.17)
JA Rising Women Gala

Support for this program has been provided by the Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County.