The 15th FedEx Express / JA International Trade Challenge Asia Pacific Finals
JA Asia Pacific is grateful for the continuous and unwavering support from FedEx Express to ITC in developing and nurturing entrepreneurial leaders in the region for the 15th consecutive year since 2007. With the support from close to 1,600 FedEx volunteer facilitators, The ITC program and competition has developed over 32,000 young entrepreneurs across the region in the past 15 years.
Themed “empowering the next generation of Asia’s entrepreneurs’’, the 15th edition of the ITC competition drew more than 4,000 aspiring students across 10 Asia Pacific markets - Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam, including nearly 500 participants from Indonesia and India for the first time.
FIVE exciting public ITC Asia Pacific Finals’ events was streamed live from August 9 to 11, 2021.
Click on the links below to relive the 2021 ITC AP Finals experience!
FedEx Guest Speaker Session
ITC 15th Anniversary Fireside Chat by ITC Alumni Session
Announcement of Challenge Topic Session
The Entrepreneurial Journey Speaker Session
Announcement of Grand Finalists
Grand Final Presentations
2021 ITC Asia Pacific Finals’ Awards Ceremony
The Challenge Topic
Meet the 2021 ITC Asia Pacific Finalists
Meet our 60 ITC Asia Pacific Finalists from 10 Asia Pacific markets including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam.
Our Finalist Teams
To promote cross-border collaborations and to better reflect how teams and businesses operate in a borderless world, the 60 Asia Pacific Finalists went through a random draw to form 30 mixed teams – with each team consisting of two students from different markets.
Our Grand Finalist Teams
Meet the six Grand Finalist Teams that can proceed to the grand final round of the competition.
Congratulation to our 2021 FedEx Express / JA International Trade Challenge Asia Pacific Finals Winners!
This year, students in teams of two were tasked to compete on the following Challenge Topic:
With the world grappling with COVID-19, and specifically on how it changed people’s life with social distancing, quarantine and closed borders, create a market entry strategy for a physical product that enables people to recover or overcome from such impact in the United Kingdom.
The winning team was The Peak Performers who include Princess Cecile F. Gurrea from the Philippines and Chaerin Park from South Korea for their idea to create Seed Link greeting cards containing scented seeds for the elderly to write letters to their loved ones. The aromatic scent helps them relax and feel connected even during the lockdown.
“We are both overjoyed to be named the winners of the competition. It’s a great honor to be selected amongst our very talented peers! Every stage of the competition has been a great learning experience for us, especially the finals. All the presentations, collaboration, and mentoring has really inspired us, and made us even more committed to begin our entrepreneur journey,” said The Peak Performers team members.
Team Kanina Jurong Ligers include Wong Yong-Cheng from Singapore and Aastika Jain from India were named first runners-up for their idea of a DIY Concert Kit containing everything you need to recreate a music concert right at home during the lockdown.
Team Felicity includes Seojin Ahn from South Korea and Riefka Azka Aulia Hasna from Indonesia as second runners-up for their idea of AI-powered educational teddy bear. The teddy bear supports young children in distance learning through conversational and emotional support using big data.
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ITC 15th Anniversary Fireside Chat
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of ITC and showcase the impact of ITC on young entrepreneurs, what can be better than hearing from some of our outstanding ITC alumni over the years and learn about their entrepreneurial journeys and lessons learned from their ITC AP Finals’ participation.
The ITC 15th Anniversary Alumni Fireside Chat features ITC AP finalists and winners spanning from year 2009 to the latest edition of ITC AP Finals:
Howard Leong, Fireside Chat Moderator, 2018 ITC Alumni from Malaysia
Ashwin Kotteri, Entrepreneur, 2009 ITC Alumni from Singapore
Ryann Joshua Lim, Entrepreneur, 2010 ITC Alumni from the Philippines
Aljo Benedicto, 2020-21 ITC AP Finals Champion from the Philippines
Chloe Jazzy Lau, 2020-21 ITC AP Finals Champion from Hong Kong
Meet our esteems judging panel, with entrepreneurs and leaders coming from a diverse spectrum of industries and geographies. The ITC AP Finals competition could not be possible without their support.
Our FedEx Facilitators
Thanks to all the support from our FedEx Facilitators! We have received an overwhelming support from close to 40 FedEx Facilitators from across the Asia Pacific region to mentor and provide valuable coaching, direction, and advice to our ITC Asia Pacific finalist teams over the Asia Pacific Finals competition.
Nurturing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs: Winners of the 15th Annual FedEx Express / JA International Trade Challenge Announced. 60 of the region’s future entrepreneurs from ten AMEA markets compete
August 13, 2021
About the sponsor
FedEx Express is one of the world's largest express transportation companies, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenue of $84 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively, operating collaboratively and innovating digitally under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its 570,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. FedEx is committed to connecting people and possibilities around the world responsibly and resourcefully, with a goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040. To learn more, please visit about.fedex.com.
About the organizer
JA Asia Pacific is a member of JA Worldwide, one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs dedicated to preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship. With the Asia Pacific region being home to 60% of the world’s youth, JA Asia Pacific aims to empower young people to benefit from and contribute to the region’s economic development and to create a positive impact in their lives and communities.
With operations across 17 countries and territories, the JA Asia Pacific network equips young people with the employment and entrepreneurship skillsets and mindsets they need to succeed. By building abilities and nurturing self-belief, JA prepares youth for the future of work, ensures they have the tools to be financially capable adults, and teaches them to think entrepreneurially. Supported by nearly 50,000 volunteers, and reaching more than 1.2 million students each year, JA Asia Pacific is one of few organizations with the scale, experience, and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation of global innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, and managers. As a member of JA Worldwide, our global network is comprised of more than half a million volunteers, serving more than 12 million students in over 100 countries each year.
For more than 100 years, JA has delivered hands-on, experiential learning in work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. We create pathways for employability, job creation and financial success.