Over 450 students participated in the Indian FedEx / Junior Achievement (JA) International Trade Challenge Competition

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world's largest express transportation company, together with tGELF/JA, announced the three winning teams at the second FedEx/JA International Trade Challenge India National Competition. The annual competition recognizes student-run businesses that best exhibit the principles of global connectivity, with selected teams moving on to compete at the APAC (Asia Pacific) level.

Over a period of five months, the phased competition featured a series of virtual workshops attracting more than 450 students from 33 schools across India. The workshops included interactive learning sessions, inspirational talks, and mentoring from FedEx, tGELF/JA India, and industry experts on key concepts of building market entry strategies and global trade.

The three student teams identified to represent India in the Asia Pacific FedEx/JA International Trade Challenge Competition later this year are —
  1. Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon, 
  2. The Shri Ram School Aravali, Gurgaon,
  3. Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Sr Secondary School, Chennai. 
To foster cross-cultural collaboration at the APAC competition, the Indian students will be re-grouped into new teams comprising of participants from more than 10 Asia Pacific member nations. This change in team structure gives students a dynamic platform to share experiences with participants from other locations, gain global perspectives, and encourages collaborative thinking.

Mohamad Sayegh, Vice President, India Operations for FedEx Express said, “Entrepreneurship has been a part of our DNA since FedEx was founded in 1973, and I’m inspired to see these talented young people build business models to address challenging real-world problems. India is home to a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem that drives transformation with new ideas and solutions. Through the International Trade Challenge, FedEx aims to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit and skills of enterprising students, whose ideas have the potential to prepare India and the world for what’s next. We wish them the very best as they move to the next round of the competition.”

Maziar Sabet, President and CEO of JA Asia Pacific said, “A very important element of the ITC competition is the evolution of traditional classroom learning to real-life, hands-on experience, and I have no doubt that this experience will prove invaluable and serve our students from India now and in the future. JA’s mission to prepare young people for the 21st century workplace has never been more relevant and our belief in our future leaders in India has never been stronger.”\


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