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  • When youth tackle diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry

    15 December 2021

    What happens when you ask high school students how to make the fashion industry more inclusive?

  • Youth connect mobility for all with freedom, growth and happiness

    26 November 2021

    Inclusive mobility means freedom of movement, opportunities for growth, and happier lives, according to the European students who took part last week in the “Mobility For All” Online Innovation Camp, organised on 18-19 November 2021 by JA Europe, in partnership with Toyota Motor Europe.

  • JA Europe appoints six new members of the Board

    26 November 2021

    On 25 November 2021, JA Europe’s Annual General Assembly formally approved the following new Board Members: Riccardo Barberis, President of ManpowerGroup Northern Europe; Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of Alison; Jānis Krievāns, CEO JA Latvia and Chair of JA Europe Board of Executives; Olivier Lazar, Vice President Strategic Alliances, Project Management Institute; Lieve Mostrey, CEO Euroclear; and Kees Roks, Head of the European Oncology Business, Novartis.

  • Euroclear and Junior Achievement strengthen their partnership

    26 November 2021

    JA Europe and Euroclear are pleased to announce the further strengthening of their collaboration to impact the next generation of Europeans through skills-based volunteering, promoting entrepreneurial and business skills among secondary school students.

  • JA students compete at STEMEduHack “Product of the Future” with Johnson&Johnson

    15 November 2021

    During the European Commission's 2021 DigiEduHack, JA Europe, INJAZ Al-Arab and Johnson&Johnson partnered to bring together in a virtual Innovation Camp “STEMEduHack” 10 student teams from Europe, 9 student teams from the MENA region and one student team from Africa.

  • JA Europe and Intel showcase how to empower European youth in AI and entrepreneurship

    09 November 2021

    As part of the series of online events at the European Commission's DigiEduHack 2021 initiative, JA Europe and Intel organised a European AI projects showcase and a panel discussion on equipping the next generation of Europeans with the critical skills needed to transform our societies and economies by integrating AI into entrepreneurship education.

  • Euronext and JA Europe expand the blue economy challenge to reach more young entrepreneurs

    02 November 2021

    Two new countries are added to the pan-European entrepreneurship programme for this academic year.

  • Young innovators transform global food systems during World Food Day Foodathon

    18 October 2021

    What do edible cups, worm flour and plant sensors have in common? These are three innovative ideas young people from secondary schools in Africa and Europe have come up with during the World Food Day Foodathon.

  • How to make young people more employable? Teach entrepreneurship in schools

    21 November 2017

    A detailed survey of five EU member states in which schools have been teaching entrepreneurship confirms impressive benefits for young people, businesses, and wider society, explains Caroline Jenner.

    Read article in The Parliament Magazine

  • “Switch on Europe” to bring entrepreneurship to education

    25 April 2017

    While 3 out of 4 European teachers do not feel encouraged to bring innovation into the classroom and 4 out of 10 companies across the EU have difficulty finding staff with the skills they need, students step up and ask for a change in education. Wearing white masks and holding signs, students who have had an entrepreneurial experience are asking for a change in education. www.switchoneurope.org

    Read article in New Europe

  • From a JA alumna to a successful entrepreneur [New Europe]

    15 March 2017

    Karoli Hindriks took part in the Company Programme of JA Estonia in 2002. She founded a student company startup at the age of 16 and became the youngest inventor of Estonia after registering a patent for a soft pedestrian reflector. In total she has 2 registered patents, 3 registered design solutions and 2 international trademarks in her name. Karoli is now the Founder and CEO of Jobbatical.com, a platform where techies and creatives meet employers across the globe who want to borrow their skills. Read article in NEWEUROPE

  • Education that matters [Hewlett Packard Enterprise]

    24 February 2017

    Worldwide, youth unemployment figures continue to be one of the most distressing statistics. They are a constant reminder of how much we have been neglecting education. Activating young people for the future of jobs is more critical than ever: Fighting unemployment is as much about jobs as it is about job creation. Europe’s start-up rates remain low compared to other parts of the world. Yes, we need skilled employees, but we also need more entrepreneurs and new businesses.

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  • How would Europe score on a “Future preparedness” index? [New Europe]

    08 January 2017

    By Caroline Jenner
    CEO of JA Europe

    Read article in NEWEUROPE

  • Foodathon will empower young innovators from Europe and Africa to transform our food systems

    04 October 2021

    A new collaboration between EIT Food and JA Europe is building young people’s entrepreneurial skills to transform the future of food. The Foodathon, which will coincide with UN World Food Day 2021, will bring together more than 100 students from secondary schools in Africa and Europe to come up with solutions to a range of important agri-food challenges, and generate new business ideas.

  • FERD’s List Class of 2021 announced

    05 October 2021

    For the 5th year, a selection of inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders from the Junior Achievement network of alumni have been added to the FERD’s List. The FERD’s List is a joint initiative by JA Europe and FERD, that recognizes individuals who had an entrepreneurial experience while at school, and built on this opportunity to become extraordinary entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities.

  • Building Stronger Minds (BSM) Innovation Camp Wraps up with winners announcement

    05 October 2021

    Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Junior Achievement Europe and Junior Achievement Asia-Pacific were partnered up for the organisation of the first Online Innovation Camp on a topic related to the maritime industry. BSM is committed to making a positive impact on local and global communities  by supporting JA in Europe and Asia-Pacific regions through the provision of a unique learning opportunity to young students.

  • Empowering YOUth through Entrepreneurship!

    24 September 2021

    “NEETs in Entrepreneurship” project wraps up with final conference.

    Around 100 stakeholders joined a virtual conference to discover lessons learned and future outlook around solutions to engage young Europeans Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs).

  • Tackling the future of inclusive mobility by encouraging more girls into STEM

    01 September 2021

    Toyota Motor Europe and JA Europe are pleased to announce a new collaboration that intends to promote STEM education and related careers in the automotive industry especially among young female students.

  • Gen-E 2021 - Winners of Europe’s largest youth entrepreneurship festival unveiled

    15 July 2021

    370 000 young entrepreneurs from 40 countries competed to become Europe’s Company and Start Up of the Year on United Nations World Skills Day 2021.

  • New partnership with UBS to inspire young people to consider careers in finance

    28 June 2021

    Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) is thrilled to announce a new partnership with UBS with the aim of building the talent pipeline needed to empower and guide young people from school to work, inspiring them to consider careers in banking and finance. The first activities in 6 European countries will equip 2,000 students with the skills needed to get a job or start their own business, thanks to the help of 130 UBS highly motivated volunteers on the ground.

  • Mellon'Harp from France wins Arconic Foundation 'Innovative Sustainability Business Idea Award' 2021

    25 June 2021

    For the 4th year, JA Europe and Arconic Foundation have partnered to support the “Innovative Sustainability Business Idea Award” aiming at improving environmental sustainability and raising awareness about this important topic. Students from France, Germany, Hungary and the United Kingdom pitched their innovative solutions during an international competition, supported by Arconic volunteers from across Europe.

  • Social Innovation Relay 2021 awards best social innovators of the year

    23 June 2021

    For the 7th consecutive year, JA Europe and NN Group have partnered to implement the Social Innovation Relay (SIR), an innovative programme designed to teach essential skills to secondary school students while underscoring the link between businesses and the society. Connected by leading technologies, 40 students from 10 countries collaborated with NN Group volunteers to create business concepts that address societal challenges.

  • Marival UB from Norway wins Euronext “Blue Innovation Award” on World Oceans Day

    09 June 2021

    According to the World Bank, the blue economy can be defined as the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving the health of ocean ecosystems. However, there is increasing evidence that losses in the oceans’ natural capital resulting from unsustainable economic activity are eroding the resource base on which such growth depends.

    To enhance blue education and improve the environmental sustainability of the coastal communities in which it operates, Euronext is supporting mini-companies that best embody a sustainable use of the ocean resources for economic growth through the “Blue Innovation Award”. This year, the award gave student companies from Belgium, France Ireland, Norway, Portugal, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom the chance to join an international competition, and to develop and present innovative business ideas related to the blue economy.

  • European youth hacks the European Commission's EU Green Week 2021

    03 June 2021

    Can we imagine a world without pollution? While this question was on everyone’s lips at the official opening of the EU Green Week 2021, European students chose action and took on the challenge as they participated in the “Gen-E Fights For Zero Pollution” hackathon.

  • European STEM students present innovative solutions for waste management and recycling

    21 May 2021

    For the 12th consecutive year, JA Europe and ExxonMobil have partnered through the Sci-Tech Challenge aiming to empower young people to tackle the challenges of tomorrow by using a combination of entrepreneurship and STEM skills. The 2021 Grand Finale brought together the best students from 5 countries - Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, the Netherlands and Romania – with the help of ExxonMobil volunteers.

  • Revolutionizing the way young people engage, innovate and transform the fashion industry

    26 April 2021

    By 2023, a new joint initiative by Zalando and JA Europe, called "Fashion Goes Next", will revolutionise the way young people engage, innovate and transform the fashion industry.

  • Economic Opportunities for All - Initiative of JA Europe together with NN Group

    01 April 2021

    JA Europe and NN Group are pleased to announce a new joint initiative aiming to provide economic opportunities for young people with limited resources or opportunities, by supporting their transition from education to employment and/or becoming entrepreneurs. Together, we will contribute to a more equal society.

  • Young students learn to take care of their money and make sound financial decisions

    26 March 2021

    On 24-25 March, JA Europe partnered with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) for the first-ever Online Innovation Camp on Financial Education with the objective to educate young people on how to manage their money and make wise financial decisions for their future. The initiative feeds into the theme of this year’s Global Money Week – “Take care of yourself, take care of your money” – which highlights the importance of building financial resilience and staying healthy in the current context.

  • What actions will define a new European agenda in entrepreneurship education?

    18 March 2021

    The Covid-19 pandemic affected not only the format of the 3rd peer-learning workshop in Entrepreneurship Education, organised in a fully virtual format on 10 March, but also the content of the discussions amongst the 65 experts present. During three plenary sessions and two sets of breakout sessions, participants representing 25 countries took stock of the overall progress in entrepreneurship education in Europe and strategies to speed up further uptake across education systems.

  • STEM and entrepreneurship to improve the customer journey of air travelers

    04 March 2021

    On 2-3 March 2021, JA Europe partnered with Boeing for the first-ever Online Innovation Camp with the objective to spark curiosity and foster long-term interest in STEM education. The initiative focused on promoting innovation and digital skills by providing an opportunity for students to come up with new and creative solutions in the aviation sector, considering also the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • STEM skills to help improve sustainability of pharma industry

    02 February 2021

    On 28-29 January 2021, and building on the success of the European Commission's 2020 DigiEduHack, JA Europe partnered with Johnson & Johnson for a second Online Innovation Camp with the objective to spark curiosity and foster long-term interest in STEM education, especially amongst female students. The initiative focused on innovation, STEM skills and entrepreneurship, with the aim of finding new and creative solutions to sustainability challenges within the pharmaceutical industry.

  • JA Europe partners with Euronext on pan-European programme for young blue economy entrepreneurs

    20 January 2021

    Euronext, the leading pan-European market infrastructure, today announced a partnership with JA Europe, the largest non-profit in Europe dedicated to preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship, to promote the Blue Economy by encouraging financial literacy amongst European youth across seven of its main countries.

  • Call for nominations to the FERD's List 2021

    19 January 2021

    For the 5th time, the FERD's List will recognise inspirational young entrepreneurs and leaders for their work and leadership, demonstrating the life-changing impact of Junior Achievement programmes.

  • JA Europe and Intel Corporation bring AI to schools through entrepreneurship

    07 January 2021

    Junior Achievement (JA) Europe is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with Intel to empower and equip young Europeans in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Through Intel® AI For Youth Programme (AI4Youth), JA students will get a unique opportunity to learn and test AI applications during their entrepreneurial journey. The first step within this initiative will be a pilot for 240 young people aged 15-19 in four countries: France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, where Intel® AI For Youth curricula will be blended with JA Europe’s entrepreneurship programmes.

  • New partnership with PMIEF will build the project management skills of JA Europe youth and professionals continent-wide

    22 December 2020

    Junior Achievement (JA) Europe is pleased to announce its collaboration with the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF), the supporting charitable organization of Project Management Institute (PMI), to integrate project management into the JA Company Programme and to support the professional development of the organization’s staff in project management through fundamentals training and expert coaching. The partnership commenced in November with a pro bono training provided by Dell® professionals through the Dell Volunteer Project Management (DVPM) initiative to 65 staff members from JA Europe and 29 European countries.

  • How can the #NextGeneration EU Recovery Fund really impact Europe’s youth?

    18 December 2020

    EU leaders endorsed last Thursday the Next Generation EU (NGEU) recovery instrument in order to put Europe on the track of economic recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. But is the € 750 billion budget allocation really going toward the next generation of Europeans as its name indicates?

  • Towards a European health-tech ecosystem through entrepreneurship

    11 December 2020

    European stakeholders embark on developing new virtual pre-accelerators combining business, IT and health care.

  • Investing in education to meet the challenges of digital transformation: new collaboration between Ergon Capital Fund and JA Europe

    02 December 2020

    JA Europe and Ergon Capital Fund are pleased to announce a new collaboration to support the digital transformation of Europe’s leading provider of entrepreneurship education programmes – Junior Achievement. In today’s context digital education is more critical than ever before, and the partnership aims to further develop the digital delivery of the JA Start-Up Programme.

  • JA Europe appoints four new members to its Board

    02 December 2020

    At JA Europe’s Annual General Assembly, on 19 November 2020, the organisation announced its new board members: Nuria García Schwab, SVP Deputy Head EMEA, MetLife; Anna Di Silverio, President, Avanade Europe; Maximillian Koch, President, JA Alumni Europe; and Laurence Morvan, Chief of Staff to CEO Europe & CSR Officer, Accenture.

  • 26 JA Europe member organisations receive 2020 Model Nation Award

    19 November 2020

    This morning, 26 member organisations in Europe received the 2020 Model Nation Award during JA Europe's General Assembly, hosted digitally by Junior Achievement (JA) Albania due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. The Award is designed to recognise the member organisations performing at high-quality standards during the last reporting year, meeting or exceeding benchmarks for a minimum of 80% of JA Europe's key performance indicators (KPIs) established to that end.

  • More girls into STEM education with Johnson&Johnson STEMEduHack

    16 November 2020

    On 12-13 November 2020, as part of the European Commission's 2020 DigiEduHack, JA Europe partnered with Johnson&Johnson for the first-ever Online Hackathon with the objective to spark curiosity and foster long term interest in STEM education, especially amongst girls. The initiative focused on innovation, digital skills and education, with the aim of providing new and creative solutions to promote STEM education and careers during the challenging situation caused by COVID-19.

  • FERD's List 2020: How can technology develop entrepreneurship and local economies?

    12 November 2020

    The third and last webinar to celebrate the FERD's List 2020 on 12 November featured another two inspirational JA AlumniJonas Alexandersson, Founder & COO of UserTribe; and Victoria Mbabazi, Founder & CEO of Kitchen Station. Moderated by Johan Andresen, Owner & Chairman FERD and Jānis Krievāns, CEO JA Latvia, they discussed about the critical role of technology in developing entrepreneurship and local economies. Boris Kolev, Head of Digital Transformation at JA Europe and 2017 FERD’s List Honouree also participated in the discussion.

  • FERD's List 2020: How can we foster more entrepreneurs and boost our economic recovery?

    05 November 2020

    The second webinar to celebrate the FERD's List 2020 on 5 November featured another three inspirational JA Alumni: Jennifer Crawley, UK Head of Business Management for Small Business Banking of HSBC UK; Karoli Hindriks, CEO & Founder of Jobbatical; and Charles Kim, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Alpine Global. Moderated by Johan Andresen, Owner & Chairman FERD and Salvatore Nigro, CEO JA Europe, they discussed about the critical role of entrepreneurs in economic growth and development. Andrzej Truszczynski, CEO of TKHolding and 2019 FERD’s List Honouree also participated in the discussion.

  • 39 schools recognised for their outstanding implementation of entrepreneurship education programmes

    09 November 2020

    The 6th edition of The Entrepreneurial School (TES) Awards took place virtually on 9 November 2020 as part of the European Vocational Skills Week. 39 innovative academic and vocational schools from 25 European countries were selected at the national level for their cutting-edge vision and outstanding implementation of entrepreneurship education programmes. 51 headmasters and teachers gathered online to receive their school's award and connect in engaging debates.

  • M&G plc expands 10x Challenge to six European countries

    29 October 2020

    With the support of M&G plc, Junior Achievement are enriching and scaling a successful national enterprise competition created by Young Enterprise (YE) UK across several markets in Europe: France, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Spain and Italy as well as the UK. The 10x Challenge programme will provide social and sustainable benefits to young people, their teachers and their communities, while fostering skills such as entrepreneurship, financial capability, collaboration and digital interaction.

  • Alliance for YOUth companies to create 300,000 new opportunities by 2025 to support youth

    27 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on society and especially on young people. The last statistics prove it: youth unemployment is again on the rise, with more than 3 million young people already concerned in Europe1. More than ever, efforts are needed to support young people and avoid a lockdown generation.

  • FERD's List 2020: What will it take for Europe to have more tech unicorns?

    21 October 2020

    The first webinar to celebrate the FERD’s List 2020 on 21 October featured three inspirational JA Alumni: Joonas Ahola, Founder & CEO of MeetingPackage; Todor Gigilev, CEO of Dreamix; and Manouchehr Shamsrizi, Founder & CEO of RetroBrain. Moderated by Johan Andresen, Owner & Chairman FERD and Salvatore Nigro, CEO JA Europe, they discussed how Europe could have more tech unicorns. Brynhild Vinskei, Head of Global Marketing at EPOSand 2018 FERD’s List Honouree also participated in the discussion.

  • Reimagine the future of medicine: Junior Achievement to boost digital health and innovation through entrepreneurial hubs

    29 September 2020

    Junior Achievement is embarking on a collaborative project with Novartis in Europe to be piloted in Central and Eastern Europe, aimed at leveraging technology and “start-up” thinking in the medical field. By establishing a series of pre-accelerator hubs in digital health and innovation, the program will generate a stronger ecosystem of innovators who will work to reimagine medicine as we know it.

  • Meet the 2020 FERD's List Honourees

    25 September 2020

    As the world struggles to adjust to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we turn to the young generation to inspire us on how to recover and rebuild our societies and economies. FERD’s List is a joint initiative by JA Europe and FERD that recognizes inspiring JA Alumni from across the world. This year’s nominees came from all over Europe and beyond and eight finalists were selected by Johan H. Andresen. These personal stories and impressive professional journeys show the life-changing impact of giving young people practical entrepreneurial experiences at school.

  • Entrepreneurship education on the increase in Europe [Science | Business]

    25 February 2016

    Teaching schoolchildren the skills to turn creative ideas into entrepreneurial action is on the rise, with the most comprehensive entrepreneurship education in place in Nordic countries and Estonia. 

  • JA Greece Alumna Maria Kokala's testimony during #JAEEC20

    02 September 2020

    Through the entrepreneurship programmes we offer at JA Europe, we help students to be creative, believe in themselves and set high goals. We teach them that no obstacle can stop their progress if they work hard towards the goals they set their minds on.

  • Training the entrepreneurs of the future [Euronews Business Planet]

    22 February 2016

    Business Planet producer Serge Rombi explores how young people are learning to become the entrepreneurs of the future. Inspiring and teaching young people the basics of entrepreneurship is the business of Junior Achievement. We met Blanca Narváez, director of the organisation in Spain.

  • World leaders call for investment into the next generation at JA Europe entrepreneurship competition

    27 July 2020

    At a time when Europe struggles to recover from the Covid-19 crisis, Prof. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal, European Commissioners Mariya Gabriel (Innovation, Research, Culture, Education & Youth) and Paolo Gentiloni (Economy) and other speakers last week called for investment into education and equipping young people with the skills needed to rebuild our economies.

  • Bubbles from Denmark is JA Europe Company of the Year 2020

    24 July 2020

    Speaking at the Award Ceremony of the 2020 JA Europe Company of the Year Competition, UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared that “now is the time for new thinking and novel approaches. This crisis offers us an opportunity to reframe traditional business models, and to reset the business agenda by building the capabilities and systems that will foster breakthrough innovations.” Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for the Economy, echoed this message: “We need your energy, your skills, your entrepreneurship and your capacity. We can only achieve a real recovery with a strong contribution of all citizens and especially the young generation. This is why we called our recovery plan The Next Generation EU.

  • Belgian start-up SAANA wins AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2020

    10 July 2020

    The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) are delighted to announce that SAANA, a Belgian start-up, is the winner of the 8th AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award.

  • AID4ALL from Cyprus is JA Europe Enterprise of the Year 2020

    26 June 2020

    The Main Jury picked the Start Up AID4ALL as the winner of the “JA Europe Enterprise of the Year” Award. The students from Cyprus set up a business to find solutions for people with disabilities, offering a product that aims at compensating hearing loss with the sense of touch. Team MIZED from Portugal making customised protections for athletes was awarded 2nd place in the European competition, while team Stiles from Malta producing environmentally sustainable décor tiles won the 3rd place.

  • Social Innovation Relay - winners of the 2020 edition

    17 June 2020

    For the 6th consecutive year, JA Europe and NN Group have partnered through the Social Innovation Relay to empower young people to tackle societal challenges by using innovation and entrepreneurship. Every year, we involve more than 10 000 students and 200 NN Group volunteers from across 10 countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia and Spain.

  • Junior Achievement Digital Innovation Awards 2020

    16 June 2020

    Today’s competition brought together finalists from ten countries who pitched their digital ‘mini companies’ for the Digital Innovation Award, organised by BNY Mellon and JA Europe.

    More than 4000 young students from Europe (Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK) and the Middle East (UAE) participated, supported by just under 250 BNY Mellon volunteers. 

  • Five start-ups shortlisted for the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2020

    08 June 2020

    Five JA alumnæ are in the run for AmCham's EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award (YEA) 2020. They have been selected amongst 19 candidates across Europe who have participated in a JA programme, made it past the initial start-up phase and have a business concept with strong growth potential.

  • JA Europe and Arconic Foundation partner to host sustainability competition for students

    04 June 2020

    Students from France, Germany, Hungary and UK pitched their innovative solutions to reduce waste and the depletion of natural resources in an online competition organised by JA Europe and Arconic Foundation.

    The judging criteria included problem solving and innovation in the area of recycling and reusing of materials, defining the type and size of the intended market and a high-quality prototype of the recycled or reused final product.

  • Youth tackles future challenges through STEM education

    28 May 2020

    Today at the first ever virtual Sci-Tech Challenge, a number of innovative solutions were presented to showcase the use of STEM skills in solving a real-life challenge. Two teams of students, from Belgium and Romania, showcased their solution for an energy-efficient and low-emission mobility system for the city winning bid of the 2040 Olympic Games. An audience including Dr. Walter Goetz, Head of Cabinet of European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean; Philippe Ducom, President ExxonMobil Europe; Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive of CEPS; as well as students and teachers from across Europe discussed how to upscale STEM education and make it more attractive to young people.

  • Junior Achievement joins UNESCO's Global Education Coalition

    06 May 2020

    To ensure that children can #KeepLearning, Junior Achievement has joined UNESCO's Global Education Coalition to support countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • JA Europe appoints Salvatore Nigro as Chief Executive Officer

    13 January 2020

    JA Europe has appointed Salvatore Nigro as Chief Executive Officer. He will take up his role on 1 February 2020.

  • JA Europe and Citi Foundation deepen their cooperation to support low income students in entrepreneurship endeavours

    20 November 2019

    The Citi Foundation and Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) will deepen their cooperation into this new school year with a boosted emphasis on low income communities.

  • JA Europe appoints five new members of the Board

    18 November 2019

    On 18 November 2019, at the occasion of JA Europe’s Annual General Meeting, the following new Board Members have been formally approved:

  • 34 schools recognized for their outstanding implementation of entrepreneurship education programmes

    17 October 2019

    34 outstanding European primary and secondary schools championing entrepreneurship education received The Entrepreneurial School awards on 16 October in Helsinki (Finland).

    The Entrepreneurial School awards is an annual recognition led by JA Europe, which aims to provide a supportive and motivational framework to guide schools, headmasters and teachers from across Europe in their entrepreneurial learning initiatives.

  • When JA Innovation Camps address the future of the shoe industry

    04 October 2019

    In a world of rapid technological changes and digitalisation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution presents challenges and opportunities for all industries across the world. The shoe industry is no exception. With the tastes of consumers evolving rapidly, shoemakers need to continually offer better and bolder product lines and keep up with new technologies to catch the consumer's eye. These far-reaching transformations call for innovative ways of thinking and enhanced entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Spending valuable time on financial education [Ethical Performance]

    25 January 2016

    Research by the Money Advice Service maintains that adult habits around money can be formed as early as the age of seven. And in this fast evolving technical age, where the whole, traditional transaction of purchase is often unseen (just look at iTunes and Uber), Visa Europe believes that teaching young people money management is more essential than ever.

  • Estonian start-up eAgronom wins AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2019

    03 October 2019

    The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) are delighted to announce that eAgronom, an Estonian start-up, is the winner of the seventh AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award.

  • AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2019: online finale selects top 3, winner to be announced on 2 October

    13 September 2019

    Each year, thousands of JA alumni enter Europe’s economy as potential entrepreneurs. Since 2013, AmCham EU and JA Europe team up through the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award to recognize young people who have participated in a JA programme and are now running businesses with strong growth potential.

  • Caroline Jenner leaving CEO position at JA Europe and appointed COO of JA Worldwide

    13 September 2019

    JA Europe has announced that Caroline Jenner is leaving her position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JA Europe in order to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at JA Worldwide, starting February 2020.

  • Introducing the Inaugural 30 Under 30 Europe List [Forbes]

    20 January 2016

    Five JA Alumni featured: MEP Eva Paunova (Policy); Ionut Budisteanu, VisionBot (Industry); Cornel Amarie, Continental Automotive Systems (Industry); Karolis Misiuna, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge (Science & Healthcare); Konrad Kierklo, CEO, Miinto Group (Retail & E-Commerce) | NEW THINGS ARE springing from the Old World. Our first-ever 30 Under 30 Europe list builds on our efforts to spotlight the young elite (the American honor roll is now in its fifth year) and spans ten diverse categories.

  • Five start-ups shortlisted for the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2019

    04 September 2019

    Five JA alumni are in the running for the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2019. They were selected amongst 19 candidates from across Europe who all have participated in a JA programme, have made it past the initial start-up phase and have a business concept with strong growth potential.

  • FERD’S LIST 2019 names honourees from all over the world

    29 August 2019

    What do a TV presenter, an impact investor, an architect, a social entrepreneur and an NGO leader have in common?
    They all say that the practical entrepreneurial experience they had at school changed their outlook and direction in life. Today they are outstanding entrepreneurs and leaders, creating value and “leaving a lasting footprint.”

    In its third edition, FERD’s LIST celebrated eleven honourees during a ceremony at the Vienna University of Economics in front of 400 young people from 60 countries attending the JA Global Alumni Conference.

  • Working together to inform about progress in combatting youth unemployment

    30 July 2019

    The official launch of the Youth Employment Magazine is announced on the UN International Day of Friendship. Nearly 200 institutions from 26 European countries implementing projects financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway unite to share results of their initiatives aimed at combatting youth unemployment in Europe.

  • Entella Company from Turkey wins the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition 2019

    05 July 2019

    The mini-company Entella Company from Turkey won JA Europe Company of the Year 2019, hosted this year by JA France Entreprendre Pour Apprendre, in Lille.

    The  Company of the Year Competition is the flagship event of JA Europe that empowers students aged 15-18 to run a mini-company from top to bottom. It fosters their entrepreneurial skills, giving them the opportunity to design a business concept and apply it in real life.

  • Social innovation celebrated at the 2019 Finale of the Social Innovation Relay

    28 June 2019

    Three student projects from across Europe won yesterday the 2019 Social Innovation Relay. So-Bikers from Bulgaria, Mon(k)ey$ from the Czech Republic and MNEMON from Greece presented the most innovative ideas with strong societal impact and market potential.

  • Artifish wins ‘Enterprise of the Year’ award

    26 June 2019

    The European Enterprise Challenge hosted this year by JA Norway/Ungt Entreprenørskap awarded Artifish the “Enterprise of the Year’ prize.

    The JA Europe Enterprise Challenge brings together the best European student companies and gives them the opportunity to compete against each other for the prestigious prize of “Enterprise of the Year”.

  • Young Europeans Pitch Solution to Brussels' Traffic Challenges

    15 May 2019

    21 students from Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands and Romania came to Brussels to pitch their ideas to an international jury on how to upgrade and modernize the Brussels inner-city transport network in a cost-effective way, while reducing environmental impacts.

  • “Inventing the Future”: Students develop innovative solutions for sustainable urban mobility

    07 May 2019

    Students from the Louis Armand high school in Eaubonne, close to Paris, presented a “Revolutionary transportation system” to tackle traffic disruption, congestion and pollution during the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, USA. The project included a very comprehensive transportation plan combining a sky train network, solar panels and autonomous buses.

    Their innovative idea was awarded the first prize by an international jury of experts at the European Business Summit on 6 and 7 of May in Brussels, in the context of the European final event of “Inventing the Future", an initiative of JA Europe and the Arconic Foundation, focused on entrepreneurship and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The other three finalists in the competition included teams from Germany, Hungary and the UK.

  • Moving entrepreneurship education foward

    21 March 2019

    Funded under the EU COSME programme, a workshop in Budapest brought together 60 key players in the entrepreneurship education ecosystem from Ministries, businesses, NGOs and academia from 11 countries for interactive peer-learning sessions lead by JA Europe and the EE-HUB.

  • International Student Company Festival 2019 is concluded with Austrian student victory

    12 April 2019

    International Student Company Festival (ISCF) organized by the Latvia’s largest education organization Junior Achievement Latvia (JA Latvia), in which 100 companies from 15 European countries participated. The best companies of this year have also been identified in six categories.

  • Avanade and Junior Achievement fuel entrepreneurship with Digital Innovation Award 2019

    19 March 2019

    Award will recognise innovative use of digital technology to develop a start-up business

    The Junior Achievement (JA) Europe Enterprise Challenge (EEC) is JA Europe’s annual celebration of the achievements of its Start-Up programme students and their businesses across Europe. The Start-Up Programme annually engages over 14,000 University students from 300 schools, providing entrants with an opportunity to develop and run a business within a safe environment and under the guidance of business mentors. This year’s European competition final, showcasing the best start-ups from each country, will take place in Oslo, Norway, on 24-25 June.

  • Students are educated on cross-border markets in international student joint ventures

    27 February 2019

    Special raincoats for bags and umbrellas for dogs, dishwashing gloves and wooden stereo headphones - these are just some of the new business products that have been created in student joint ventures by students from Latvia, Finland, Estonia and Sweden. For three years in a row, students from northern European countries took part in the project “Central Baltic Student Enterprises without Borders” (CBEwB), attending various conferences, camps and fairs to get an idea of the international business environment. 55 educational institutions, 480 students, 79 international joint ventures and hundreds of new, useful contacts - this is the balance of this international event!

  • 1,600 young people from 4 European countries will take part in the NEETs in Entrepreneurship project

    17 January 2019

     

    • 1,600 young people aged 18-29 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) will participate in the project between 2018 and 2021.

    • 500 young NEETs will find jobs, 400 will participate in a business incubator, and 40 will start new businesses.

    • NEETs in Entrepreneurship is implemented in 4 European countries, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania and Spain, with the support of experts from Norway and Belgium. The project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through EEA Grants and Norway Grants.

  • Le désir des jeunes européens de travailler à leur compte reste insuffisant [Express.be]

    17 November 2015

    Même si le taux de chômage des jeunes s’est stabilisé depuis le début de la crise financière globale, de nombreux pays en Europe sont toujours confrontés à un taux de chômage des jeunes supérieur à 20 %, y compris en Belgique où ce taux atteint même 22,6 %.

  • Europe needs entrepreneurial people that generate creative ideas and turn them into action

    15 January 2019
     
    By Marianne Thyssen,
    European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.
     
  • Colegiul National de Informatica din Piatra Neamt, premiat de JA Europe la Bruxelles pentru promovarea educatiei antreprenoriale [Smartnews Romania]

    19 October 2015

    11 scoli din 11 state europene, printre care si Colegiul National de Informatica din Piatra Neamt, au primit premiul "Scoala antreprenoriala 2015" (The Entrepreneurial School Award), in cadrul unei ceremonii ce a avut loc ieri la sediul Parlamentului European (PE) din Bruxelles. Distinctiile au fost acordate de organizatia Junior Achievement (JA) Europe in urma unei evaluari, realizate la nivel national si european, a celor mai bune unitati de invatamant in domeniul educatiei antreprenoriale. 

  • Building SMART skills for better financial futures

    11 December 2018

    Arrow Global starts a new partnership with JA Europe to equip thousands of young people in Europe with financial literacy skills.
    Today, it is more important than ever before that young people leave school with a good understanding of financial literacy. To help them make responsible and informed decisions as consumers of financial services, Arrow Global PLC has teamed up with Junior Achievement Europe to deliver financial education across six countries in Europe.

  • POLITICO Pro’s Morning Tech | What's Next [Politico EU]

    01 July 2015

    ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE: Over 90 “startup students” from 16 EU countries will compete in the annual European Enterprise Challenge from Wednesday to Friday. Organized by youth-training non-profit JA Europe, the Lisbon event will see the hopefuls pitch their startups to experts for awards.

  • 4 new Board Members for JA Europe

    06 December 2018

    On 6 December 2018, at the occasion of JA Europe’s Annual General Meeting, the following new Board Members have been formally approved:

     

     

  • Entrepreneurial School Awards 2015: meet the champions [European Commission EASME]

    03 November 2015

    Eleven schools from eleven countries across Europe won The Entrepreneurial School Awards 2015. The awards give national and European recognition to the best schools championing entrepreneurship education. 

  • JA Europe and EIT RawMaterials join forces to foster innovation-driven entrepreneurship in the raw materials sector

    13 November 2018

    The EU is committed to creating 10,000 new jobs in the European raw materials sector in the short term. JA Europe and EIT RawMaterials’ partnership blends entrepreneurship and STEM education to bring innovation focusing on raw materials into the classroom in Bulgaria and Romania.

  • Til Brussel for å motta pris [Rakkestad Avis]

    18 October 2015

    Tone Helstad Glomsrud og Øyvind Eriksen var torsdag representert i Brussel da Rakkestad ungdomsskole mottok europeisk pris for sitt Ungt Entreprenørskaps-arbeid.

  • 17 schools awarded for their entrepreneurial achievements

    08 November 2018

    17 outstanding primary and secondary schools championing entrepreneurship education received the Entrepreneurial School Awards on 7 November in Vienna.
    The Entrepreneurial School (TES) Awards is an annual recognition, led by JA Europe, which aims to provide a supportive and motivational framework to guide schools, headmasters and teachers from across Europe in their entrepreneurial learning initiatives.

  • Europe celebrates entrepreneurial education in schools [New Europe]

    15 October 2015

    Eleven schools from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom won the Entrepreneurial School Award, a European and national recognition for the best schools championing entrepreneurship education. The ceremony, with Junior Achievement (JA) Europe as a leading organisation behind the initiative, was hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels on 15 October.

  • JA Europe and Arconic Foundation continue their focus on STEM education and Entrepreneurship

    17 October 2018

    Second year of ‘Inventing the Future’ project aims to expose students to key challenges related to material innovation in the manufacturing industry.

  • Students shadow leaders in Brussels in JA Europe entrepreneurship programme [New Europe]

    14 October 2015

    JA Europe, Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy hosted their annual Leaders For a Day event in Brussels on October 14. During the event, qualified students from around the EU met to network and spend a day with various leaders around the city. The purpose of the event was to give opportunities to students who excel in business to shadow a ‘leader’ for a day, while giving leaders an opportunity for feedback, reflection and growth.

  • 6 young people who are changing what it means to be an entrepreneur

    11 October 2018

    Six outstanding young entrepreneurs and leaders from six different countries have been selected for  this year’s FERD’s LIST. Their stories show there is a new kind of entrepreneurship out there.

    FERD’S LIST is an initiative of JA Europe to recognize and celebrate young men and women on a unique path to “creating enduring value and leaving lasting a lasting footprint”.

  • Deutschland gewinnt Europameisterschaft der Schülerfirmen [Onlinezeintung]

    02 August 2015

    Über 250 Jungunternehmer aus 36 europäischen Ländern kämpften mit ihren Teams vom 28. bis 30. Juli 2015 in Berlin bei der 26th JA Europe Company of the Year Competition darum, Europas beste Schülerfirma zu werden. Am Ende konnte das deutsche Unternehmen RAUTECK sich über den Heimsieg freuen.

  • JA Europe appoints Avanade CEO as new Board of Directors Chairman

    11 October 2018

    Junior Achievement (JA) Europe today announced that Adam Warby, CEO of Avanade, Inc. has been selected as JA Europe’s new Chairman of its Board of Directors. Warby will take over from Accenture COO, Jo Deblaere, who has been in the role for the last six years. Warby, who is celebrating his 10th anniversary as Avanade’s CEO this year, has a track record of driving growth through innovation and under his leadership, Avanade has grown to over $2.4bn in sales and 34,000 professionals in 26 countries globally.

  • Sixth formers awarded for entrepreneurial spirit [Schoolhouse Magazine]

    03 September 2015

    After being awarded first place in the national Young Enterprise Company of the Year competition in early July, sixth-form students from St Helen’s School’s team Orenda joined over 200 students from 36 European countries in Berlin last week to represent the UK in the finals of the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition (COYC).

  • JA presents policy paper to G20 Education Ministers

    03 September 2018

    G20 governments must team up with business communities to revamp the world’s outdated education systems that aren’t preparing young people for the job market of the future. This is one of the main recommendations in JA Worldwide’s policy paper Education, The Future of the Labour Market, and Youth Skills, which will be presented at the first-ever G20 meeting of Ministers of Education in Argentina on Wednesday.

  • Israeli teens win third-place in European startup contest [ISRAEL21c]

    12 August 2015

    An Israeli student-company from the Kadima-Zoran middle school has placed third among 37 teams competing in this year’s Junior Achievement Europe Company of the Year competition. The contest, held in Berlin, celebrates the top mini-companies from 36 countries across Europe and gives them an opportunity to set up and run a real business with the support of business mentors.

  • SureLight from UK, best JA Europe Company of the Year 2018

    20 July 2018

    After a year-long entrepreneurial experience, developing their own company from the idea to reality, over 200 students gathered in Belgrade (Serbia) to compete with their counterparts from across Europe. 39 student-teams took part in the European competition, as part of JA Europe’s flagship JA Company Programme, which gives them the opportunity to set up and run a real business, supported by teachers and business mentors. 

  • Orange wins Young Enterprise Award [Times of Malta]

    09 August 2015

    Orange, a student-company from St Aloysius College, has won the Excellence in IT Award at the Junior Achievement (JA) Europe 26th annual Company of the Year competition in Berlin.

    Orange was one of 37 student teams from 36 countries competing for seven awards on the night. The company represented Malta after winning the JA-YE (Young Enterprise) Malta Sixth Form Company Programme in May earlier this year.

  • JA Europe Company of the Year 2018: All roads lead to Belgrade

    11 July 2018

    What does software that makes subtitles audible to dyslexic cinema goers have in common with the recycling of automotive parts into new products?

  • Renewable energy start-up seeks to restore balance in maritime sector with innovative business [EU Reporter]

    05 July 2015

    University ‘Start Up Programme’ students from Denmark win top honours at the 2015 European Enterprise Challenge. Competing against 23 other companies from 16 European countries, Gas2Green won the overall award for best enterprise, additionally winning the ‘Hyundai Brilliant Young Entrepreneurs Award’. 

  • Northern European pupils have acquired practical foreign business experiences within the framework of an international project

    11 June 2018

    The international business education project "Central Baltic Student Enterprises without Borders" (CBEwB) is completed and within it pupils from Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia have established more than 50 international joint ventures and participated in international fairs and innovation camps in the project countries.

  • Start-up-ul VisionBot, fondat de Ionuț Budișteanu, reprezintă România la finala JA Europe Enterprise Challenge [Forbes Romania]

    02 July 2015

    VisionBot este un start-up ce produce și comercializează un robot de tip „pick and place”, capabil să creeze în mod automat produse electronice plasând rapid și cu înaltă precizie componente într-o placă cu cablaj imprimat. Având cel mai competitiv preț de pe piață, robotul VisionBot este dedicat inginerilor, inventatorilor, pasionaților și IMM-urilor care doresc să-și transforme produsele prototip în produse de serie (computere, echipamente electronice sau orice alt produs cu circuite integrate), având un volum de producție de până la 75.000 de unități pe an.

  • BIOFY recognised as best European startup of the year

    27 June 2018

    Out of some 15,000 university students enrolled this year in the JA Start Up Programme, BIOFY, a Spanish startup won the European Enterprise Challenge Award 2018 during JA Europe Enterprise Challenge after winning the national final of the JA Start Up Programme in Spain.
    JA Start Up programme’s European Enterprise Challenge final took place in Riga (Latvia) on June 25-27 with altogether 16 student start-up teams from 15 countries.

  • Jornal 2 - Arquivo 2015 [RTP Play]

    22 November 2015

    VIDEO | JA Portugal's Erica Nascimento is interviewed by RTP Play on entrepreneurship education in Portugal. (See 26:50)

  • Education expert: Linking schools with businesses is win-win [EurActiv]

    02 June 2015

    We need to increase the interaction between the education and the business community. We know both sides want to increase the cooperation, but it seems like there is a need for a “broker” in the middle, says Caroline Jenner.

  • Team DynamITE brings innovation in social care and wins the Social Innovation Relay 2018

    20 June 2018

    The Global Final of the Social Innovation Relay took place online on 19 June 2018. Team DynamITE from Singapore, won the 8th edition of the Social Innovation Relay, a JA Europe initiative supported by NN Group that challenges secondary school students to develop an innovative business concept that addresses a social need or challenge. This edition involved more than 14,000 students and 250 NN Group volunteers from across 10 countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Singapore, and Spain.

  • Taking European entrepreneurship to the next level with EE-HUB [New Europe]

    07 May 2015

    The first pan-European body dedicated to moving entrepreneurship education forward in Europe was officially launched on Thursday, May 6th by JA Europe following two roundtable discussions with several industry leaders and policymakers.

  • ‘Inventing the Future’: exposing young people to innovation and jobs in manufacturing

    18 June 2018

    The European Finale of the “Inventing the Future” initiative took place on 15 June. Throughout the school year, the programme launched by JA Europe and Arconic Foundation involved some 500 young people (15-19 years old) supported by Arconic volunteers in France, Germany, Hungary and United Kingdom.

  • Il 64% dei giovani ha una mentalità da imprenditore [Corriere della Sera]

    15 December 2015

    Il 64% dei giovani italiani che hanno partecipato ai percorsi didattici di alternanza scuola/lavoro “Impresa in azione” aspira a un futuro lavorativo in cui sviluppare un proprio progetto. Un dato che non significa necessariamente voler fare l’imprenditore a tutti i costi, ma che dimostra l’attitudine diffusa tra i giovani ad adottare una mentalità imprenditoriale che consenta loro di sviluppare le proprie idee, sperimentare metodi di risoluzione dei problemi (56%) e definire autonomamente i propri compiti (57%). 

  • EE-HUB round table in Budapest – towards a more cohesive and entrepreneurial Europe

    08 June 2018

    On 4 June, JA Europe organised a Round Table in Budapest in the old Treasury Hall of the Ministry of Finance. The event gathered around 60 representatives from Ministries, the business community and education institutions. Andrea Bocskor, Hungarian MEP and MEP Ambassador of the EE-HUB opened the event, and was followed by Dr. György László Secretary of State for Economic Strategy and Regulation of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Hungary.

  • JA-YE certificate aims to provide entrepreneurs with training, real world experience for jobs and growth [New Europe]

    08 March 2015

    With jobs and growth being the focus of the EU for the next five years, boosting European entrepreneurs has become increasingly important. However, in a borderless Europe, young people entering into business will need a skills and training course that will be recognised wherever they go. It’s said the easy part is getting an idea, the hard part is making it real. 

  • Bloomberg joins forces with JA Europe to increase entrepreneurial spirit among students

    08 June 2018

    For the second consecutive year, Bloomberg and Junior Achievement (JA) Europe are partnering to equip more than 1500 students with an entrepreneurial mindset and offer them the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of around 75 Bloomberg employees.

  • Why entrepreneurship education matters [New Europe]

    04 January 2016

    The latest Eurobarometer survey shows increasing concerns on immigration, economic and unemployment issues. Europe hasn’t done enough to invest in long term solutions to job creation and poverty reduction  and we are now realizing how poorly equipped Europe is to handle these challenges.  

  • JA Europe and The Alliance for Youth are working together to teach young people the soft skills so hard to find by CEOs

    24 May 2018

    In recent years, numerous surveys about the future of work have been trying to identify key skills for tomorrow’s jobs. There is a clear consensus on the fact that industry leaders were unsure if they could actually find these skills even though they conceded that it is precisely these skills that are critical to tomorrow’s business success. A vast majority of CEOs say that even today they struggle to find recruits with the levels of creativity and skills in innovation their businesses need.

  • SCI-TECH Challenge - Young Europeans make the supply chains more sustainable

    17 May 2018

    •    The 9th European final of the Sci-Tech Challenge, organised by JA Europe and ExxonMobil, took place on 17 May 2018 in Brussels. This year’s theme was logistics, more specifically building a European supply chain taking into account the environmental impact.
    •    Among the five teams (international teams from Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Romania), the winning team was identified during an award ceremony held at the Solvay Library in Brussels.
    •    The team developed a highly-innovative approach to transportation networks for supplying food, clothing and furniture by using renewable energy such as hybrid trains and trucks using biofuels; solar panel and wind turbines.

  • Bioo, a Spanish start-up, wins AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2018

    17 May 2018

    The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) are delighted to announce that Bioo, a Spanish start-up, is the winner of the sixth AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award. Bioo created a unique tool to generate electricity from plants in a sustainable way. With this technology, the start-up develops a range of applications, such as phone chargers or WiFi connection terminals.

  • Special invitation – Join the JA Global Youth Forum in Mexico this Summer!

    20 April 2018

    Thanks to JA Americas, Delta Airlines and JA Worldwide, JA Europe is delighted to offer a free pass* to 10 students from Europe to the JA Global Youth Forum in Mexico, 8th-13th July 2018.

  • ManpowerGroup Launches Its Second Ready for Work 2018 Award in European Multi-Country Partnership with Junior Achievement

    16 April 2018

    ManpowerGroup today launches the second year of its Ready for Work Award in partnership with Junior Achievement Europe. The program helps students in 40 European countries build soft skills and nurture their learnability to be work ready upon graduation.

  • Leaders-for-a-Day celebrates the Entrepreneurial Attitude of JA Alumni

    16 April 2018

    What would happen if we put an eighteen-year-old in the shoes of a CEO from a major multinational? JA Europe did just that, in a work readiness awareness raising initiative called Leaders-for-a-day on April 16. JA Alum from all corners of Europe got the chance to shadow top executives from the private and public sectors.

  • “Why Europe Matters” campaign wins Out of the Box Award 2018

    11 April 2018

    On 11 April, JA Europe and ERT received the “Out of the Box Award 2018” for the “Why Europe Matters” campaign.
    The award recognizes good practices of collaboration between companies, the civil sector, universities and young people in promotion of the European dream. The “Why Europe Matters” campaign was selected thanks to its combination of the promotion of entrepreneurship, solidarity, inclusiveness and citizen participation.

  • Empowering the next generation of global entrepreneurs

    09 April 2018

    FedEx extends support to JA Company Programme in seven European countries

    JA Worldwide and FedEx Express have enjoyed a longstanding relationship as part of the company’s commitment to encouraging global entrepreneurship. FedEx Express has supported the JA Company Programme – our flagship entrepreneurial education program – for over 17 years. The Company of the Year Competition that took place in Brussels last year marked the tenth anniversary of FedEx continuous support for JA Europe.

  • AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2018: online finale selects top 3, winner to be announced on 16 May

    05 April 2018

    Each year, thousands of JA alumni enter Europe’s economy as potential entrepreneurs. This year, some 37 young people who have participated in a JA programme, have made it past the initial start-up phase and have a business concept with strong growth potential, applied for the award.

  • Youth Speak Up for a better quality education, jobs and a safer Europe

    21 March 2018

    The final event of the 'Why Europe Matters' campaign took place on 21 March at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels. The occasion - held under the patronage of the Bulgarian EU Presidency - was designed to foster the dialogue between young Europeans, policy-makers and business representatives.

  • JA Europe remembers Sonja Bata

    26 February 2018

    Last week, the Bata Shoe Museum announced the passing of a great visionnary, Mrs Sonja Bata, a long-term supporter of Junior Achievement.

    Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe, shared: “We are grateful to Sonja Bata for sharing so many years and so much energy and inspiration with us. We will miss her! Our deepest condolences to all her family.”

  • EE-HUB launched 6 new national HUBs in Central and Eastern Europe

    19 February 2018

    Following the success of Italy, the EE-HUB (Entrepreneurship Education NETwork) launched six new national HUBs in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Turkey. In collaboration with the national JA organisations and Citi Foundation under their Pathways to Progress initiative, these clusters are helping to move entrepreneurship education forward on the ground.

  • Avanade & JA Europe increase efforts to inspire more girls to pursue STEM careers

    08 March 2018

    JA Europe and Avanade, are joining efforts for a second academic year to empower, upskill and educate young women about technology, enabling them to make a considered decision on choosing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

  • JA Europe and CCV team up to boost youth entrepreneurship in Western Europe

    29 January 2018

    CCV and JA Europe are launching a new partnership in 4 Western European countries equipping 600 young people aged 15-18 with skills they need to get a job or start a business.

  • ‘Locker Room Talk’ rocks the house!

    28 November 2017

    ’Locker Room Talk’, which started as a JA Company in Sweden, has once again been recognised for its excellence, receiving the “Number 10” cash prize of one million Swedish kronor (€100 000) by none other than football star Zlatan Ibrahimović!

  • Governments keen to invest more in entrepreneurship education

    17 November 2017

    What more has to be done to include entrepreneurship in school programmes in Europe? Leading educationists and government officials from 9 European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Romania, and Turkey) attended a round table in Tallinn on 17 November at the invitation of the EE-HUB to grapple with this question. Their answers are set to guide the work of the EE-HUB and Europe’s policymakers in the months and years to come.

  • NN Group & JA Europe are increasing social awareness and improving entrepreneurial skills

    23 November 2017

    Building on three years of partnership, JA Europe and NN Group are joining forces for a fourth academic year to raise awareness of social innovation across the globe. The partnership includes three programmes: the Social Innovation Relay, Innovation Camps and Job Shadow Day.

  • Spotlight on entrepreneurship: The Entrepreneurial School Awards 2017

    16 November 2017

    Leading European schools were honoured at a ceremony in Tallinn on 16 November for their track records of success in teaching entrepreneurship. The event was the high point of a conference organised by the Innovation Cluster for Entrepreneurship Education (ICEE) under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Education of Estonia, the EU’s presidency-in-office.

  • Major multi-country research shows the different positive impacts of Entrepreneurship Education

    16 November 2017

    If half of the entire student population had practical experience of setting up a company while still in school, what would be the individual and wider societal impact? This is just one of the questions addressed by the Innovation Cluster for Entrepreneurship Education (ICEE).

  • JA Europe and partners committed to a more sustainable future by 2030

    17 September 2018

    With the power to end poverty, build financial and career resilience, as well as prepare for the future of jobs, JA is ready to celebrate the Global Goals Week. Since 2015, local and regional JA offices, business stakeholders, and schools have a unique opportunity to align their collective work to The Global Goals. The goals were developed to enable us all - the citizens in the world - to understand and act accordingly, to make sure that we in cooperation can create the future we want to live in.

  • JA Europe and Arconic Foundation Launch Program Focused on STEM and Entrepreneurship in Four European Countries

    18 October 2017

    The new partnership project ‘Inventing the Future’ blends entrepreneurship and STEM education to bring innovation and creativity into the classroom.

    • $260.000 investment over two academic years
    • Positively impacting more than 600 young people (15-19 years old)
    • Over 50 Arconic volunteers actively mentoring the ‘leaders of tomorrow’

  • Europe’s young entrepreneurs stand out from the crowd

    16 October 2017

    Young entrepreneurs from six member states have found a place on Ferd’s List, a new annual celebration of European entrepreneurship. The List recognizes the achievements of these award-winners not only as entrepreneurs but also as significant contributors to society.

  • JA Europe with Euroclear for a 4th Year Strong

    04 October 2017

    JA Europe and Euroclear, are collaborating for a fourth consecutive year in a skills-based volunteering campaign promoting entrepreneurial and business skills among students.

  • JA Europe rewarded for its vision, achievements and innovative collaboration by JA Worldwide

    31 July 2017

    On 17-20 July, the JA Global Leadership Conference 2017 took place in Atlanta (Georgia). Under the theme ‘One JA’, the conference gathered some 300 JA leaders from across the globe, committed to align with the current strategic priorities and prepare for the upcoming JA Centennial in 2019.

    The event was also the occasion to celebrate JA’s success and recognize personalities who exemplify JA. A special celebration dinner recognized those who had 30, 35 and 40 years of service to JA and announced the recipients of various prestigious awards. JA Europe distinguished itself by winning three out of the four international awards.

  • Startup from Malta wins European Challenge in Helsinki with INTACT, an innovative system to increase safety for motorcyclists

    30 June 2017

    The European Enterprise challenge hosted this year by JA Finland gathered 19 Startups from 15 countries in Helsinki. University students who took part in the ‘Start Up Programme’ were competing and presenting their start-ups to a selected jury.

  • Festera, a student company from Estonia, wins the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition 2017

    12 July 2017

    Over 200 students gathered in Brussels to celebrate the top JA companies from across Europe. This year, 37 student-teams competed as part of JA Europe’s flagship JA Company Programme, which gives them the opportunity to set up and run a real business.

    His Majesty the King of the Belgians, EU Commissioners Marianne Thyssen and Tibor Navracsics, Belgian Ministers Alexander De Croo and Willy Borsus, as well as foreign dignitaries and various business volunteers were among those who attended the stand exhibition of the student companies, all keen to show their support.

    Participants of the European Entrepreneurship Education Summit also came to see the students in action, both events being held simultaneously in Brussels, seat of the European Institutions.

  • JA Europe and the Citi Foundation celebrate 30-year partnership anniversary with new $1.2million grant

    09 July 2017

    The partnership will continue to support young people across Europe to develop employability skills and entrepreneurial mind-sets through the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative.

    JA Europe and the Citi Foundation are celebrating 30 years of partnership with the renewal of a grant to work together in 19 European countries across Europe. Early this year, the Citi Foundation expanded their Pathways to Progress initiative globally with a $100million commitment to support 500,000 young people over the next three years to become career ready. The $1.2million grant from the Citi Foundation to JA Europe will equip secondary school students with employability skills and entrepreneurship mind-sets through the Junior Achievement’s Company Programme.

  • FERD’s LIST - A New European Recognition of Inspirational Young Entrepreneurs and Leaders

    25 June 2017

    FERD’S LIST is a partnership between JA Europe and FERD, to recognize and celebrate young men and women on a unique path to “creating enduring value and leaving a lasting footprint”. Outstanding JA alumni, 5-10 young men and women will be nominated from across Europe.

  • Team Chaleur from Singapore take 1st place in this year’s Social Innovation Relay

    22 June 2017

    A student team from Singapore, Chaleur, created a question-and-answer online platform called INTuition, which provides free academic guidance to students and won the 7th edition of the Social Innovation Relay
    The Social Innovation Relay (SIR) is a JA Europe initiative, supported by NN Group. Its main aim is to inspire secondary students to develop innovative business concepts that address social challenges.

  • Romanian start-up wins AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2017

    09 June 2017

    The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) are delighted to announce that Oculus, a Romanian start-up, is the winner of the fifth AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award. Oculus developed the Mitra Glasses, a device that provides essential aid and safety to visually impaired people during movement, using incorporated sensors and efficient algorithms.

  • Time to ‘Switch On Europe’ – EE-HUB Round Table

    04 May 2017

    On 4 May, a special EE-HUB round table took place at the European Parliament to officially launch the ‘Switch On Europe’ campaign, dedicated to raising awareness of the need for further developing entrepreneurship education to boost jobs and growth in Europe.

  • Improving students’ STEM skills to boost innovation in Europe

    10 May 2017

    The 8th European final of the Sci-Tech Challenge, organised by JA Europe and ExxonMobil, took place on 10 May 2017 in Brussels. This year’s theme was low emissions mobility.

  • Supporting Entrepreneurship Education in Eastern Europe

    25 April 2017

    The Official Opening Round Table of the project “Supporting Entrepreneurship Education in Eastern Europe” took place in Tirana, Albania on April 21, 2017.

    This 3-year project is supported by USAID with the aim to prepare young people with skills and competences they will need to succeed in a global economy. 100,000 young people in Serbia, Georgia, Macedonia and Moldova will benefit.

  • Train the Trainer’s session in Brussels

    31 March 2017

    On 31 March 2017, JA Europe together with 7 other JA organisations (Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Romania, Spain and Sweden) held a teacher training session in Brussels connected with the development of the new e-learning module for the core programme "JA It's My Business".

  • 5 new Board Members for JA Europe

    18 May 2017

    On 18 May 2017, at the occasion of JA Europe’s Annual General Meeting, the following new Board Members have been formally approved:

  • Winners of European Online Sci-Tech Challenge

    21 March 2017

    The 8th European Online Sci-Tech Challenge took place on 21 March 2017. The best national Sci-Tech Challenge teams from Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Romania and the UK had the opportunity to present their solutions on how to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.

  • New project to re-engage young people on why Europe matters

    24 March 2017

    A major new initiative labelled ‘Why Europe Matters’ is today being launched to re-engage Europe’s youth in a multinational debate with politicians and business leaders.

    The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) and JA Europe are to survey more than 10,000 youngsters about their hopes and concerns.

    The cross-border project – launched to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – aims to increase enthusiasm and interest in forging a stronger Europe.

  • European Platform for Financial Education Launched

    22 February 2017

    A group of nine European organisations and associations have today launched a new European Platform for Financial Education. The initiative aims to promote the need for financial education and to boost financial literacy in Europe, particularly among young people and entrepreneurs. It also seeks to encourage EU-level leadership in this field.

  • JA Europe and Citi Foundation to celebrate 30 years of increasing youth entrepreneurship in Europe together

    01 February 2017

    JA Europe and the Citi Foundation are working together across 19 European countries to equip secondary school students with entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills.

  • EE-HUB Italy: the first national EE-HUB

    25 January 2017

    Following the creation of the European HUB for entrepreneurship education (EE-HUB) in 2015, JA Italy launched the first national EE-HUB, ‘EE-HUB Italy’, in Rome on 16 January 2017.

  • JA Europe & Monsanto expand partnership to foster youth agricultural entrepreneurship

    23 January 2017

    JA Europe and Monsanto are expanding their partnership from six to 10 European countries, seeking to equip students with the skills they need to get a job or start a business in the agricultural industry.

  • Getting girls into STEM education with Avanade

    12 December 2016

    JA Europe and Avanade have agreed to launch a new effort worldwide. The program focuses on empowering, upskilling and educating more than 500 girls on technology, enabling them to make a considered decision on choosing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
    Why should we inspire girls to choose STEM?

  • JA Europe & NN Group extend partnership

    16 November 2016

    JA Europe and NN Group are starting the third year of their global partnership dedicated to empowering young people to embrace social innovation and master their own economic future.

  • MeetingPackage.com wins AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award

    08 November 2016

    The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and Junior Achievement Europe are pleased to announce that MeetingPackage.com, a Finnish start-up, is the winner of the 2016 AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award. MeetingPackage.com is an online platform dedicated to the booking of meeting rooms. It allows users to compare various meeting venues and prices at a glance.

  • Empowering Social Innovation in Spain with NN

    03 November 2016

    JA Spain and Nationale-Nederlanden Spain organized an Innovation Camp to promote social integration of people with intellectual disabilities. Students of ESO, Baccalaureate, FP and Aprocor have worked together on coming up with social innovations.

  • Euroclear volunteering with JA Europe

    05 October 2016

    JA Europe and Euroclear are kicking-off the third year of the partnership focused on volunteering involvement in eight European countries. A key success factor of our programmes is the involvement of business volunteers.

  • Young Europeans step into the shoes of business and policy leaders for one day

    19 October 2016

    35 young Europeans participated in Leaders-for-a-Day on 19 October an initiative of JA Europe offering them the opportunity to learn from top leaders by shadowing them during an entire working day.

  • Sage and JA Europe tackling the Skills Gap Crisis

    19 October 2016

    JA Europe and Sage are launching a new partnership in 6 European countries helping young people to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to start a business or to be successfully employed

    Sage’s participation in Leaders-for-a-Day on 19 October will celebrate the official launch of this new partnership

  • Business confirms young people are not equipped with key financial skills they need to start their working lives

    26 September 2016

    •    JA Europe and Visa Europe launch a new report on financial education that analyses the gap between young people’s financial capability and employers’ needs in terms of financial skills and knowledge.
    •    Key findings include:

  • 17 schools across Europe win The Entrepreneurial School Awards 2016

    23 September 2016

    •    17 schools from 17 countries across Europe won The Entrepreneurial School (TES) Awards 2016, a national and European recognition of the best schools championing entrepreneurship education.

  • Teachers from 25 countries gathered in Vienna to develop more effective education systems in Europe

    21 September 2016

    More than 150 educators and practitioners from 25 countries gathered in Vienna on September 19 and 20 to attend the International Summit for Educators organised jointly by JA Europe and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

  • 3 new articles on Entrepreneurship education

    15 September 2016

    In the framework of the ICEE Innovation Cluster, 3 new articles on entrepreneurship education have been recently published.

  • Changing dyslexics’life thanks to SubReader, JA Europe Company of the Year 2016

    28 July 2016

    SubReader, a students’ mini company from Denmark won the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition (COYC) Award 2016.

    JA Europe’s ‘Company of the Year Competition’ celebrates the best 200+ young entrepreneurs across 35 countries in Europe.

    JA Europe Company of the Year Award recognises the student company that demonstrates the best approach to communication, teamwork, problem-solving, objective-setting, planning and review, administration and financial systems, personnel management, product development, customer focus, marketing and sales, as well as financial results. 

  • Save Energy wins big at JA Europe Enterprise Challenge with smart energy saver socket

    07 July 2016

    University ‘Start Up Programme’ students from Romania win top honours at the 2016 European Enterprise Challenge. 

  • 10.000 students developed social businesses thanks to SE360

    01 July 2016

    Bucharest, 1st of July 2016Social Enterprise 360 (SE360) is a European educational program in the field of social entrepreneurship, developed by Junior Achievement Romania in partnership with organizations from 7 countries and co-financed by the European Union through Erasmus+ program. More than 10.000 high school students from 373 schools, came up with 668 social business ideas with the help of the 507 teachers and more than 200 business consultants during the 2015-2016 period. 

  • Spanish students create a companion-matching app for seniors

    30 June 2016

    Brussels, 30 June 2016 – SOSElder, a students' company from Spain won first place at the 2016 European Finale of the Global Enterprise Project (GEP). Over 2000 students enrolled in the programme this year were offered several types of activities including a globalisation quiz, access to a resource center about globalisation, a case study delivered by 108 business volunteers, a practical entrepreneurial experience (JA Company Programme) as well as the participation to the Globalisation National & European Awards.

  • Together we can defeat darkness

    24 June 2016

    Oculus, a students’ team helping the visually impaired to become more independent in their movement won the Global Finale of the Social Innovation Relay 2016.

    The Social Innovation Relay (SIR), a JA Europe initiative, is supported by NN Group and aims to inspire secondary students to develop innovative business concepts that address social challenges.

  • Generation Z ready to seed the change in Europe

    10 June 2016

    15 years old Spanish students founded Growink and won the 2016 European Finale of Social Enterprise 360, a social entrepreneurship education programme organised by JA Europe.
    Social Enterprise 360 is a programme funded by the European Commission via Erasmus+ programme which aims to provide students practical entrepreneurial experience and opportunity to develop transversal skills around a social business project.

  • ESP Advisory Council to boost development and recognition of entrepreneurial skill-sets among young people

    06 June 2016

    JA Europe and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) announce the establishment of the ESP Advisory Council in support of the Entrepreneurial Skills PassTM, a unique international qualification in entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and competences for 15-19 year olds.

    In line with the upcoming New Skills Agenda for Europe, the ESP Advisory Council is committed to boost recognition of the competences and skills young people acquire through initiatives like the Entrepreneurial Skills PassTM and promote greater uptake of entrepreneurship education at schools across Europe.

  • Spanish vocational students win Hyundai’s Skills for the Future Awards and bring innovation in the car industry

    03 June 2016

    Student team AMECS from Spain (Madrid) won the Hyundai Skills for the Future Award 2016.

    Their innovative heating system helps you manage the temperature of your car cabin in a sustainable way through a mobile app, to pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin without consuming fuel. A joint initiative between JA Europe and Hyundai Motor Europe, Skills for the Future aims to inspire a more entrepreneurial generation that can clearly connect their education and future careers, with a focus on sustainability in business.

  • JA Europe students solve Brussels’ traffic congestion

    25 May 2016

    The 7th European finale of the Sci-Tech Challenge took place on 25 May at the European Parliament including an award ceremony and a panel debate hosted by Adina-Ioana Valean, Vice-President of the European Parliament, in the presence of Pascal Smet, Brussels Mobility Minister.

    Winning team from Romania proposed to solve Brussels’ traffic congestion problem by offering an integrated approach to increase efficiency of existing public transport, whilst producing additional energy. 

  • JA Europe holds panel debate on financial resilience

    22 April 2016

    In the context of the Netherlands EU Presidency 2016 as well as the OECD Global Symposium on Financial Resilience throughout Life, JA Europe board members and CEOs from across Europe gathered on 20-21 April to discuss financial education challenges for youth. 

  • Five new Board Members for JA Europe

    22 April 2016

    On 21st April, at the occasion of JA Europe’s Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam, the following new Board Members have been formally approved:

  • Fostering Innovation driven Entrepreneurship in Agriculture

    28 April 2016

    JA Europe and Monsanto have launched a new partnership in 6 European countries that seeks to equip 900 students with the skills they need to get a job or start a business in the agriculture industry. Through the initiative, students aged 15-18 have the opportunity to try their hand at entrepreneurship with the mentorship of Monsanto business volunteers from across Europe. 

  • JA Europe and Visa Europe seek input to address the financial skills gap

    16 March 2016

    JA Europe and Visa Europe launch a new survey on financial education, as an endeavour to analyse the financial skills gap faced by young people in Europe.

  • Student competition seeks to solve Brussels’ traffic congestion problem

    15 March 2016

    Students from 10 Eurasian countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia and the UK) participated in the online competition jointly organised by JA Europe and ExxonMobil.

  • AT&T expand programme with Junior Achievement to help young people into work

    24 February 2016

    AT&T expands its support of Junior Achievement’s entrepreneurship programmes – aims to reach over 2,000 students across 10 European countries in 2016.

  • ‘Hyundai Skills for the Future Award’ winners head to JA Asia-Pacific business awards in Korea

    17 February 2016

    Young British entrepreneurs SoberDrive, who won the Hyundai Skills for the Future Award in 2015, will be at the Asia Pacific Junior Achievement (JA) Company of the Year Competition in Seoul, Korea on February 21-24.

  • JA Europe brings policy-makers 'Back to School'

    08 February 2016

    JA Europe, in cooperation with its membership across Europe, is launching the ‘JA Back to School’ campaign, an endeavour to bring more entrepreneurship into the classroom. Members of National Parliaments (MPs) and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are invited to (re)connect with schools in their country and witness entrepreneurship education in action.

  • Social Innovation Relay: youth impulse for a better tomorrow

    19 January 2016

    JA Europe and NN Group are partnering to implement the sixth edition of the Social Innovation Relay (SIR), a global initiative which brings together experienced business mentors and students to advance real world social problem-solving in their local communities and beyond.

  • JA Europe-Citi Foundation partnership kicks off to increase youth entrepreneurship in Europe

    26 November 2015

    JA Europe and the Citi Foundation have renewed their partnership and will continue to foster entrepreneurship in Europe at secondary and post-secondary education level. As part of the Citi Foundation’s global Pathways to Progress initiative the Foundation will support the JA Company Programme and Start Up Programme, both of which help prepare young people to thrive in today’s economy. Students will be equipped with invaluable skills in both entrepreneurship and financial literacy. 

  • JA Europe and Hyundai join forces to tackle skills gap in Europe’s job market

    18 November 2015

    For the fourth consecutive year, Hyundai Motor Europe and JA Europe are partnering to encourage young people to improve Europe’s ability to remain competitive and innovative. The ‘Skills for the Future’ initiative aims to improve the entrepreneurial skills and employability of Europe’s young people by building their competences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and awareness on sustainability in the automotive industry and beyond.   

  • Danish startup wins AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award

    12 November 2015

    AmCham EU and JA Europe are pleased to announce that COOL4SEA, a Danish start-up, is the winner of the 2015 AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award. COOL4SEA, founded by JA alumni, has developed innovative technology to harness energy from heat on-board ships so it can be used for cooling, resulting in impressive environmental and economic benefits for the shipping industry. The jury was impressed not only with the innovative concept, but with the significant technical and engineering skills required to develop such technology. Organized in collaboration with JA Europe, the award aims to showcase young people with entrepreneurial talent. 

  • ManpowerGroup Partners with JA Europe to Endorse Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP)

    04 November 2015

    ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world’s workforce expert, became a partner of JA Europe’s Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP), a certification of young people’s entrepreneurial competences and work-readiness. By endorsing the ESP, ManpowerGroup is committed to offering opportunities to the program’s students, offering real-life business experience and engaging ManpowerGroup employees to provide mentorship, advice and counselling to those enrolled in the program.

  • Mind the skills gap and empower disadvantaged young people

    22 October 2015

    Building on last year’s success, JA Europe and Barclays are partnering for a second year to guide the next generation on the path to success, entrepreneurship, employability and financial skills. By joining forces in 6 European countries, Barclays and JA Europe are creating unique opportunities for 15,000 disadvantaged students to gain skills, competences and experiences that will make them more competitive on the labour market or prepare them to start a business.

  • 'Skills for the Future' competition winners take on alcohol [New Europe]

    12 June 2015

    SoberDrive, a United Kingdom group, won big at the JA Europe Skills for the Future competition in Prague on June 10 with an invention that would revolutionize drunk driving self-regulation. The student group of George Kershaw Houghton, Edward Kershaw Houghton, Callum Coles, Samuel Roberts and Lauren Palmer, were chosen for their concept of a socially responsible company and assisting in decreasing the number of drunk driving related incidents.

  • The (first ever!) Entrepreneurial School Awards hosted at European Parliament

    15 October 2015

    Eleven schools from eleven countries across Europe won The Entrepreneurial School Awards 2015, a national and European recognition of the best schools championing entrepreneurship education. 

  • 36 young people become leaders for one day

    15 October 2015

    36 young leaders from 14 European countries, recipients of the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass got the chance to step in the shoes of business and policy leaders for one day. Leaders-for-a-Day provides young Europeans, who have completed entrepreneurship education programmes and obtained the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass certification, with the opportunity to learn from a top leader by shadowing him/her during an entire working day.

  • Entrepreneurship education is a driver of success for the next generation

    12 October 2015

    EuroCommerce and JA Europe today presented a joint report to the Commission and several members of the European Parliament

  • The (first ever!) Entrepreneurial School Awards to be held 15 October

    30 September 2015

    The Entrepreneurial School Awards will reward representatives from the 11 winning schools from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. They will meet in Brussels for a ceremony hosted by the European Parliament to receive the award recognizing their merit in entrepreneurship education.

  • Young people with entrepreneurial experience are now better off entering job market thanks to new certification scheme

    24 July 2014

    Obtaining a new Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) proves that a student has strong entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. A unique international qualification is launched today aiming to give students access to further opportunities and facilitate their transition from education to entrepreneurship or employment. The Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) runs in 26 countries* and certifies students (aged 15-19) who have had a practical entrepreneurship experience and have gained the necessary knowledge, skills and competences to start a business or be successfully employed.

  • Student-company RAUTECK from Germany wins top awards with sustainable business venture

    31 July 2015

    RAUTECK student-company from Germany crowned as winner of the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition (COYC) after impressing the judges with their strong business concept.

  • Six Nations invent ideas for European economic growth under Barclays – JA-YE Europe initiative

    21 October 2014

    On Wednesday, Barclays launches its two year sponsorship partnership with JA-YE, kicking off a two-year plan with six innovation camps in Spain, Russia, Italy, France, Germany and Portugal on the theme of increasing economic growth.

  • eSkills for young e-Leaders in 8 digital hubs in Europe

    17 October 2014

    MDs and CEOs of major internationals Accenture, Microsoft, LinkedIn amongst others* opened their C-suite doors this week to students aged 17-22 from high schools and universities in Bucharest, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

  • Unemployment and social inclusion issues? HopJob to the rescue!

    16 July 2015

    Students become ‘Catalysts for Change’ and win global Social Innovation Relay award with innovative job-matching service

  • Estonian company 3 Little Pigs crowned winners of the Junior Achievement - Young Enterprise European Company of the Year Competition 2013

    19 July 2013

    Students from Estonian company 3 Little Pigs, have today won the title of the Young Enterprise and Junior Achievement Europe (JA-YE) European Company of the Year 2013 after the UK hosted the final at Wembley, UK. Their company offers science shows to children aged 6-12. The hands-on experiments are available for private parties (birthdays and other events), schools and kindergartens and they have performed to over 1000 students.

  • JA-YE Network Hosts its Largest Youth Entrepreneurship Competition Ever

    25 July 2014

    Students from Iceland took the top prize at the silver jubilee of the JA-YE Europe Company of the Year Competition 2014 with their innovative glass made out of Icelandic lava and black clay. They were competing against 37 other national winners from across Europe.

  • Student joint-venture from Spain and Norway leads the way with innovative product

    07 July 2015

    Wirbasing Europe JV’, a student-company partnership between Wirbasing (Spain) and RAW Media UB (Norway), won the Global Joint-Venture Award based on their innovative wireless solar chargers for mobile devices.

  • Renewable energy start-up seeks to restore balance in the maritime sector with innovative business

    04 July 2015

    University ‘Start Up Programme’ students from Denmark win top honours at the 2015 JA Europe Enterprise Challenge. Competing against 23 other companies from 16 European countries, Gas2Green won the overall award for best enterprise, additionally winning the ‘Hyundai Brilliant Young Entrepreneurs Award’. The team was chosen based on their innovative idea and strong business potential, which offers a solution to an increasing problem in the maritime sector, where the ships discharge waste material into the oceans. The team’s solution will recycle this unused waste material, by using renewable energy to power an electrolysis cell and produce hydrogen or biofuels.

  • Enterprising students help close the transportation gap with ‘Schoolgo’

    30 June 2015

    Spanish students win first place at the 2015 European Final of the Global Enterprise Project (GEP). Seeking to close the skills gap between business and education, business volunteers from a variety of global companies work together to equip young people with entrepreneurial competences and foster a greater world-view.

  • GE creates a unique experimental ecosystem in Brussels

    18 December 2014

    GE (General Electric), one of the world’s leading innovation and technology specialists, opened the doors of the pop-up Garage in Brussels during the first two weeks of December. At a time when there’s a technology revolution unfolding behind the scenes in some industries, this initiative sets out to raise awareness amongst the general public, in particular the younger generation, and spur their interest.

  • Growth in numbers of vocational students learning skills for the European automotive sector

    09 January 2015

    Across Europe this academic year, fifteen countries will run the JAYE Europe – Hyundai Skills for the Future programme 2014-2015. That represents a 300% increase in the number of countries participating since Hyundai Motor Europe started its collaboration with JAYE Europe in 2012. Inspired by the impact of the initiative on young students, schools in seven new countries will integrate the programme into their academic activities this school year 2014-2015. These are Denmark, Norway, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, the Netherlands, and Austria.

  • JA-YE Europe and 5 countries embark on impact research to mobilize entrepreneurship education in schools

    26 January 2015

    “If half of the entire student population received practical experience in setting up a company while still in school, what would be the individual and wider societal impact? This is just one of the questions that will be addressed in this new three-year study,” says Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA-YE Europe, the largest provider of entrepreneurial education programmes in Europe.

  • European youth show the way out of the crisis

    05 July 2013

    One out of two Wallonians aged 17 to 30 aspires to set up his own business but lack of confidence and funds prevent them from doing so, according to ASE (Agence de Stimulation Économique). From 3rd to 4th July, 85 University students gathered from 14 European countries to unleash their entrepreneurial potential and show how they fight for employability with motivation and enthusiasm during the European Enterprise Challenge.

  • 80 university students from 14 European countries compete with their business projects during two-day Enterprise Challenge

    04 July 2014

    An energy efficient and environmentally friendly solution for the maritime sector, a revolutionary service for the logistics sector, an innovative solution for the construction sector are just a few of the business ideas that were presented between 2nd to 4th July 2014 from 80 university students in front of a jury who acted as potential investors.

  • Students boost local community with social enterprise

    17 June 2015

    Young social entrepreneurs from the team ‘Auxilium’ in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) won the 2015 ‘Best Social Enterprise Award’ based on their social enterprise concept. The team started running a canteen in the centre of Skopje, which provides warm meals for homeless individuals 12 hours a day. By receiving donations from local markets and bakeries the students are able to give back, while supporting their local community.

  • Vocational students win big with idea to revolutionise drink driving self-regulation

    10 June 2015

    ‘SoberDrive’ from the United Kingdom won the Hyundai Skills for the Future Award. The student team included George Kershaw Houghton, Edward Kershaw Houghton, Callum Coles, Samuel Roberts and Lauren Palmer, and was chosen based on their winning concept of a socially responsible company, helping to reduce drink driving related incidences.

  • Major research initiative to measure impact of entrepreneurship education

    05 June 2015

    Over the next two years a research project led by JA Europe, will test the impact of 50% penetration of entrepreneurship education among students (aged 15-20) in 5 countries across Europe. Students from 20 schools in Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Italy and Latvia, will participate in the ‘mini-company’ programme and gain a practical entrepreneurship experience. Using control groups and quantitative and qualitative research methods, the Innovation Cluster for Entrepreneurship Education (ICEE) project will analyse student learning outcomes and societal impact.

  • Moving entrepreneurship education forward in Europe

    06 May 2015

    The first pan-European body dedicated to moving entrepreneurship education forward in Europe was officially launched. 50 entrepreneurship experts and 13 MEP Ambassadors are behind this initiative.

  • Stakeholders launched a new EU-wide education scheme to help improve youth employability

    04 March 2015

    European youth often lack necessary job skills and entrepreneurial competences, which contributes to consistently high youth unemployment rates.  To address this problem, a group of policy and industry stakeholders gathered today to launch the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP), a European qualification in entrepreneurship for young people, giving potential employers proof that its holder has real entrepreneurship experience and relevant job skills.

  • Stakeholders launched a new EU-wide education scheme to help improve youth employability [New Europe]

    04 March 2015

    With jobs and growth being the focus of the EU for the next five years, boosting European entrepreneurs has become increasingly important.

  • European expert NETwork established to increase uptake of entrepreneurship education in Europe

    11 March 2015

    A new initiative aims to promote entrepreneurship education and make policy recommendations that can be put into effect by national school systems. The European Entrepreneurship Education NETwork (EE-HUB.EU) will exchange information and experience, improving and creating synergies between the many initiatives in the field.

  • Empower young European entrepreneurs through financial literacy [EurActiv]

    28 April 2015

    It is not just a shrinking job market that leads to youth unemployment. A more pressing problem is the lack of necessary job skills. It makes young people unattractive to employers. And, in turn, that lack of skills also inhibits young people’s ability to be self-employed and successful. One of the key missing links is financial literacy.

  • Inspiring youth to be the social innovators of tomorrow

    30 March 2015

    Junior Achievement Young Enterprise (JA-YE) kicks off the Fifth Annual Social Innovation Relay (SIR) today, supported by NN. The SIR is a global competition that challenges students to develop an innovative business concept that addresses a social need. The SIR provides young people with the hands-on skills and entrepreneurial expertise needed to start a successful career through a combination of virtual and face-to-face mentoring by experienced executives.

  • Analysis: Corporate engagement – Teaching entrepreneurship [Ethical Corporation]

    13 April 2015

    A new European scheme aims to plug the gap in entrepreneurship education by helping school children to build their own companies

  • European youth use STEM knowledge to solve real-world issues

    23 April 2015

    Encouraging European youth to consider careers in STEM is essential to ensuring a skilled workforce, ready to fill the high-tech jobs required to solve the energy challenges of the future. To foster this growth, Junior Achievement (JA) Europe and ExxonMobil have been working together to inspire young people to pursue STEM-related studies and careers through the Sci-Tech Challenge initiative.

  • Youth unemployment: Addressing the skills gap [EurActiv]

    28 April 2015

    It has become almost commonplace to cite daunting statistics about the sustained level of youth unemployment in the EU, with some countries having as much as 25 percent of their youth out of work. We have gotten used to those statistics and these figures no longer make media headlines. This gives us a sense of false hope that the problem has been solved, or is being solved at the moment. No, it is not.

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