Trudy Norris-Grey, Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe, Public Sector Microsoft (JA Board Member)
The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy. In order to increase growth and create employment, Europe needs to accelerate the transformation of its business landscape through advanced digital technologies.
Simone Baldassarri, Policy Officer for DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Having been working at European level for a number of years already to promote entrepreneurship education, we can see that things are slowly but constantly moving. Most countries in Europe have significantly increased their efforts in the area of entrepreneurship education.
Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe
Young people today can spend 20 years in a classroom. As the pace of change outside those walls increases exponentially, the more important it is to ensure that schools and universities are spaces that are in constant interaction with the community outside. Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister for Belgium, on the occasion of the European Youth Forum plenary on April 17th, spoke of the critical importance of entrepreneurship as a career path and what should be an “osmosis” between education and employment rather than a “leap”.
Jarle Tømmerbakke, Senior Advisor to JA Europe
One of the most effective instruments in order to create more businesses and more jobs is if students can try it before leaving school. We have seen this through several European research projects, and lately in similar research in Africa.
Ajay Kapur, Senior Project Manager at UBS
I recently had the opportunity to lead a webinar on the importance of presentation skills, part of a UBS and JA Europe programme running in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. The workshop was an overall success, engaging over 80 students and teachers.