Harrow Bangkok entrepreneurs win Junior Achievement Asia Pacific Company of the Year – and give rural economies a boost

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berlin-logoStudents from Harrow Bangkok took the first prize in this year’s Junior Achievement Company of the Year competition.Team KASCA (Jessica, Teddy, Oh, and Kitty in Year 11) beat 76 students representing 19 student companies from 13 locations, with their concept of a sustainable, multi-functional board made from compressed rice husk.

This item attracted the judges’ attention as its manufacture provides a much needed extra income for rice farmers.

Winning team explains

Oh from the winning team explains: “We went to a local farm in Pathum Thani to work closely with the farmers and educated them about how the rice husks they initially considered as ‘waste’ can be used in several other ways to earn them extra income. From our collaboration, local farmers have produced a multi-functional pencil holder inspired by our product which they now sell within their community.”During the four-day competition and event in Tokyo, student companies were evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of entrepreneurs, academics, and representatives from the local business community – and KASCA stood out as the clear winner.

Through this competition, students are able to gain key insights into the world of entrepreneurship; as well as making connections with other young entrepreneurs for life. This is one of the best experiences a young person can have in order to be successful in today’s global economy.Vivian Lau, President of JA Asia Pacific