JA Worldwide nominated for the 2024 Nobel Peace Prize. Read more.
JA Europe is proud to present Cultural BEES, a new project funded by the EU Creative Europe Programme aimed at fostering entrepreneurship skills among youth in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI), launched today in Larnaka during the official kick-off meeting.
As part of the UNESCO World Conference on Culture and Arts Education (Abu Dhabi, 13-15 February 2024), Junior Achievement Europe, the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO, Junior Achievement Cyprus, UNESCO Regional Office in Havana – Transcultura Programme, Istituto Marangoni and Lasalle | University of the Arts Singapore, jointly organise a side event on the topic “Cultivating Creativity: Empowering and Nurturing Innovators in Cultural and Creative Industries”.
We are thrilled to announce the nominations for the esteemed FERD’s List 2024 cohort are now open.
JA Europe, the largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial health in Europe, is thrilled to announce the launch a new project funded by the European Union (EU) under Erasmus+ Forward Looking Programme, EMPASS: The Employment Skills Pass, a Quality Standard for Faster Transition from Education to Employment.
We are proud to announce that JA Worldwide has been nominated for the 2024 Nobel Peace Prize, our third nomination in three years. JA Europe is a member of JA Worldwide.
As we step into a new year, the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award is back, gearing up for its 2024 edition and inviting aspiring young entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas.
Junior Achievement (JA) Europe today announced a new collaborative initiative with the Micron Foundation that blends entrepreneurship with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content with an emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI).
On 28 November 2023, JA Europe’s Annual General Assembly formally approved the five new Board Members: Katharina G. Andresen, Owner and Board Member, Ferd; Mark Timmermans, Vice President Road Network Operations Europe, FedEx Express; Matteo Curcio, Senior Vice President - Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, Delta Air Lines; Matthew Caruana, Chair of the Board of Executives and Loran Geskens, President of JA Alumni Europe.
JA Europe’s Board of Directors appoint successor of Adam Warby.
Growing impact through innovation and new strategic initiatives.
In order to empower Europe’s future workforce, SAP and JA Europe announce a new partnership aimed at inspiring more than 9000 students aged 15-24 years in 8 countries across Europe.
Building on the successful collaboration between JA Europe and Novartis with over 10 successful startup projects launched in Bulgaria and Cyprus, the Parliamentary Demo Day on 4 October gathered healthcare innovation stakeholders from policy, business, education and start up sectors from across Europe.
The European Union, in conjunction with Junior Achievement (JA) and other stakeholders, is proud to present the "Building Back Better Through Social Entrepreneurship" project, an ambitious undertaking targeting the youth of Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine.
On the occasion of World Maritime Day, JA Europe and JA Asia Pacific are thrilled to announce their growing partnership with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), a global leader in ship management services and integrated maritime solutions.
Launch event of Skills4Retail — a new EU-funded initiative to future-proof the retail and wholesale sector in Europe.
The Ferd’s List welcomed six new honourees from Albania, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Malta and Norway.
#GEN_E 2023 Winners showcase future solutions at Europe’s largest Entrepreneurship Event!
JA Europe session featured best practice showcases from Italian Youth Agency, UNICEF, NN Group and Accenture and highlighted how more resources can be mobilised to effectively serve underserved youth in Europe.
Brussels and Milan, 12 July 2023 - A 6.5 million euro program to empower youth across 10 European countries
Brussels, 28 June – The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) are delighted to announce that AMIRA Meditech, a Bulgarian start-up, is the winner of the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2023.
No dia 25 de maio, realizámos um showcase nacional no âmbito do “Skills for the Future”, programa que resulta de uma parceria entre a EIT Manufacturing e a Junior Achievement Portugal. A iniciativa procura o desenvolvimento de soluções inovadoras com recurso a princípios da economia circular, tendo em vista a produção mais sustentável de utensílios ou a conceção de serviços que impactem positivamente a comunidade. Este ano, 163 equipas que participaram no programa A Empresa desenvolveram projetos enquadrados neste âmbito.
O showcase contou com a participação de 8 equipas, de 7 escolas. A equipa "CUPFULUP", do Colégio Marista de Carcavelos garantiu o 1.º lugar. A “AlgAlastic”, da Escola Secundária da Ramada e a “ColicCup”, do Instituto de Ciências Educativas, garantiram o 2.º e 3.º lugar, respetivamente.
(Em breve lançaremos mais detalhes sobre esta iniciativa nas nossas redes sociais.)
Na 3.º edição do Digital Innovation Challenge by Banco BPI, que decorreu de 15 a 19 de maio, 28 alunos do ensino secundário, de 5 escolas do país, trabalharam, em equipa, com o apoio dos seus mentores para desenvolver uma solução para o desafio lançado de estruturar a oferta de financiamento na construção de novos formatos de habitação para jovens. No evento final, depois de desenvolvidas as soluções com o apoio dos seus mentores do Banco BPI, as equipas apresentaram as suas soluções, em pitch, a um painel de jurados. A ideia vencedora foi a da Equipa "BPI ViveJovem", do Colégio Guadalupe, ao oferecer um serviço de apoio aos municípios para construção de habitações co-living até aos 35 anos. A equipa "Loocu", do Colégio Rainha D. Leonor e a equipa "BPI Living", do Colégio de Gaia, receberam o 2.º e 3.º prémio, respetivamente.
Voltámos a realizar dois pequenos-almoços muito especiais no âmbito da iniciativa Breakfast of Leaders by Banco BPI. O Dr. José Pena do Amaral, Membro da Comissão de Responsabilidade Social do Banco BPI, o Dr. Artur Santos Silva, Presidente Honorário do Banco BPI e Curador da Fundação “la Caixa” e Gonçalo Duque, CEO da JAP, sentaram-se à mesa com 6 alunos do ensino básico, secundário e universitário, e partilharam experiências sobre o seu percurso profissional, dando várias dicas para inspirar o futuro dos alunos.
Além das duas iniciativas, 9 voluntários do Banco deram mentoria, num conjunto de 3 sessões, a algumas equipas do programa A Empresa que passaram à Competição Nacional.
A 2.ª edição de 22/23 da iniciativa Braço Direito decorreu de 22 a 26 de maio. Mais de 170 alunos do ensino secundário tiveram a oportunidade única de ficarem a conhecer melhor o mundo do trabalho. Como? Simples - acompanhando, durante um dia, um voluntário das nossas empresas associadas e parceiras no seu local de trabalho e ficando a conhecer as diferentes tarefas e responsabilidades do seu cargo.
A iniciativa é uma mais-valia na orientação vocacional dos jovens, permitindo-lhes “espreitar” o seu futuro profissional e perceber melhor que opções de carreira podem seguir.
Participaram nesta 2.ª edição, 22 empresas associadas e parceiras da JAP.
Na foto, a aluna Beatriz Ferreira e a voluntária Elsa Maximino da UCI.
Together with FedEx, we are thrilled to announce the winners of this year's Entrepreneurial Schools (TES) Award! These outstanding educational institutions have been recognized at both national and European level for their exceptional commitment to entrepreneurship education.
Last week, 34 students from 9 countries participated in the Social Innovation Relay (SIR) 2023 Global Final, organised by JA Europe in partnership with NN Group. The SIR helps secondary school students think and act like social entrepreneurs. They create business solutions to address social needs, providing hands-on skills and entrepreneurial expertise.
Gen-E 2023 is Europe’s largest entrepreneurship event, where thousands of young entrepreneurs, 15 years old onwards, showcase their cutting–edge business ideas and compete for the titles of best Company and best Start-Up of the year.
What if AI could support waste collection and international events could be the window of such innovations? This is the winning idea pitched by students from Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary and the Netherlands, who took part in the Grand Finale of the SciTech Challenge, earlier this week in Brussels.
27 alunos da Escola Secundária Isidoro de Sousa foram desafiados, no dia 23 de março, a desenhar negócios inovadores para melhorar a qualidade de vida do Município de Viana do Alentejo, em apenas 8 horas. “Think global, Act local” foi o lema do Innovation Challenge realizado em parceria com o CLDS de Viana do Alentejo – tudo o que realizamos na nossa comunidade pode impactar não só o que nos rodeia, mas sim toda a sociedade global. Durante a manhã os alunos contaram com o apoio de 8 mentores, representantes do tecido empresarial do município, para trabalharem as suas ideias. No final do dia, todos apresentaram as suas ideias em pitch perante um júri. A equipa “Alansport” foi a grande vencedora do desafio ao idealizar um complexo desportivo que promove hábitos de vida saudável e que integra uma loja de equipamento desportivo. As equipas “GERAAÇÃO” e “Clube Náutico de Viana do Alentejo”, ficaram em 2.º e 3.º lugar respetivamente.
A 1 de março juntámo-nos à Câmara Municipal do Porto na Qualifica - Feira de Educação, Formação, Juventude e Emprego, que decorreu na Exponor, onde realizámos, em conjunto, a 7ª edição da Feira Porto de Futuro! Oito miniempresas do ensino secundário, de 3 escolas do município do Porto, apresentaram as suas ideias de negócio em formato de competição (exibição em stand e pitch) e foram avaliadas por um júri. Os projetos foram desenvolvidos durante a sua participação no programa A Empresa, este ano letivo. A “Smart Future”, da Escola Secundária Filipa de Vilhena, foi a grande vencedora do dia ao desenvolver uma capa inovadora para maços de tabaco que permite depositar as beatas, de forma a reduzir o impacto ambiental negativo causado pelo abandono de beatas de cigarros nos espaços públicos. Participaram também neste evento, a Escola Secundária Clara de Resende, a Escola Secundária Filipa de Vilhena e a Escola Secundária Rodrigues de Freitas. A Feira contou, ainda, com a presença de Fernando Paulo, Vereador do Pelouro da Educação e da Coesão Social da Câmara do Porto.
Marcámos presença no JA Europe 2023 Leadership Summit e fomos reconhecidos, em mais um ano, como uma organização modelo, trazendo de lá este prémio que muito nos orgulha! O "Model Nation Award" reconhece as organizações nacionais da JA que atuam nos mais altos padrões de qualidade durante o último ano de referência, atingindo ou superando os benchmarks para um mínimo de 80% dos KPIs da JA Europe, que são estabelecidos com essa finalidade. Alguns elementos da equipa foram também reconhecidos pelos seus vários anos de trabalho na organização e o seu impacto junto dos jovens - Parabéns Bruno Ramos, Cristiana Cabreira e Patrícia Centeio!
Budapest, 28 March 2023 – The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) has received pledges from JA Europe, Intel Corporation, Abodoo, Generation, the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Generation, Computer Vision Center Barcelona, and Tampere University of Applied Sciences who will partner up as part of the Deep Tech Talent Initiative to train over 500 000 Europeans.
Brussels – Bloomberg today announced the expansion of the EU Women in Finance initiative, following a successful first year.
At JA Europe Leadership Summit in Malta, President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, visited JA Malta Foundation’s Marketplace where JA students showcased their businesses realised through the JA Company Programme.
JA Malta was recognized as the best-in-class JA Model Organisation for its outstanding performance in leadership, innovation and impact.
Nikita, 18, a young Ukrainian refugee living in Estonia found a sense of purpose and belonging through a skills-building programme that helped him and his friends to set up a small business selling the traditional Ukrainian soup.
We’re proud to announce that JA Worldwide has been nominated for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize, the second such honor in two years. JA Europe is a member of JA Worldwide.
JA Europe is pleased to announce that we are renewing our collaboration with UPS Europe and The UPS Foundation. Thanks to this partnership UPS employees will empower the next generation of Europeans through volunteering. Our collaboration is set in the context of the European Year of Youth in 2022 and the European Year of Skills in 2023. UPS also recognizes the urgent need to support Ukrainian children and youth with concrete opportunities to build their future and make sure their educational path is not disrupted.
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.
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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
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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
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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This month, NN Group and Junior Achievement (JA) Europe announced they will extend their partnership for the ‘Economic Opportunities for All’ initiative for another two years.
UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and Junior Achievement Europe are launching a new partnership to support young Ukrainian refugees across Europe.
On 28 September 2022, JA Europe’s Annual General Assembly formally approved the following new Board Members: Daniel Carrera, President UPS Europe, Nicolas Ferri, VP EMEA and India, Delta Air Lines and Moris Vandevyver, President JA Alumni Europe.
Since March 2022, at least 8.8 million people have fled Ukraine, including many children and young people whose education has been disrupted and future plans shattered.
On 6 September, at Startup OLE in Salamanca, JA Europe CEO Salvatore Nigro and JA Bulgaria CEO Milena Stoycheva handed over the European Youth & Innovation Manifesto to the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel.
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Can businesses thrive without social innovation? Since 2015, JA Europe and NN Group have been working together to empower young people with a wide range of work readiness and financial literacy skills while, at the same time, tackling societal challenges by using innovation and entrepreneurship.
The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) are delighted to announce that Energy Effective Solutions, a Swedish start-up, is the winner of the tenth AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award.
With climate change being one of the most urgent challenges facing society, BASF has launched a partnership with JA Worldwide and eight JA member nations to encourage young people to contribute to a just transition and a sustainable future.
For its 13th edition, the European Sci-Tech Challenge brought more than 30 students to Mars and tasked them with the challenge to come up with ideas to manage and valorise the waste generated by astronauts.
Junior Achievement is modernising its look to match the organisation’s tech-forward learning experiences that meet the needs of the today's global youth.
JA Europe is pleased to announce names of schools selected for The Entrepreneurial School (TES) Awards 2022, as a recognition for their vision and excellence in implementing entrepreneurship education programmes.
Bloomberg today announced the launch a new EU Women in Finance initiative to promote greater gender diversity, inspire and empower the next generation of women to pursue and advance careers in finance.
For the third year in a row, the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award is dedicated to female entrepreneurship. It is time to nominate inspiring female entrepreneurs!
HSBC and JA Worldwide expand global partnership to empower youth to manage their financial future.
On February 21-22, JA Ukraine organised the first Entrepreneurship Camp with over 100 youth bringing ideas, innovations and sustainable businesses together.
What happens when you ask high school students how to make the fashion industry more inclusive?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two new countries are added to the pan-European entrepreneurship programme for this academic year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
European stakeholders embark on developing new virtual pre-accelerators combining business, IT and health care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The third and last webinar to celebrate the FERD's List 2020 on 12 November featured another two inspirational JA Alumni: Jonas 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 has appointed Salvatore Nigro as Chief Executive Officer. He will take up his role on 1 February 2020.
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.
On 18 November 2019, at the occasion of JA Europe’s Annual General Meeting, the following new Board Members have been formally approved:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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 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.
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 %.
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.
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.
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.
On 6 December 2018, at the occasion of JA Europe’s Annual General Meeting, the following new Board Members have been formally approved:
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.
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.
Tone Helstad Glomsrud og Øyvind Eriksen var torsdag representert i Brussel da Rakkestad ungdomsskole mottok europeisk pris for sitt Ungt Entreprenørskaps-arbeid.
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.
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.
Second year of ‘Inventing the Future’ project aims to expose students to key challenges related to material innovation in the manufacturing industry.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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, 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.
What does software that makes subtitles audible to dyslexic cinema goers have in common with the recycling of automotive parts into new products?
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’.
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.
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.
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.
VIDEO | JA Portugal's Erica Nascimento is interviewed by RTP Play on entrepreneurship education in Portugal. (See 26:50)
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.
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.
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.
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 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%).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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).
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’, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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’
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 and Euroclear, are collaborating for a fourth consecutive year in a skills-based volunteering campaign promoting entrepreneurial and business skills among students.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
On 18 May 2017, at the occasion of JA Europe’s Annual General Meeting, the following new Board Members have been formally approved:
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.
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.
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 the Citi Foundation are working together across 19 European countries to equip secondary school students with entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
• 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 from 17 countries across Europe won The Entrepreneurial School (TES) Awards 2016, a national and European recognition of the best schools championing entrepreneurship education.
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.
In the framework of the ICEE Innovation Cluster, 3 new articles on entrepreneurship education have been recently published.
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.
University ‘Start Up Programme’ students from Romania win top honours at the 2016 European Enterprise Challenge.
Bucharest, 1st of July 2016 – Social 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 21st April, at the occasion of JA Europe’s Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam, the following new Board Members have been formally approved:
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 launch a new survey on financial education, as an endeavour to analyse the financial skills gap faced by young people in Europe.
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 expands its support of Junior Achievement’s entrepreneurship programmes – aims to reach over 2,000 students across 10 European countries in 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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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 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.
EuroCommerce and JA Europe today presented a joint report to the Commission and several members of the European Parliament
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students become ‘Catalysts for Change’ and win global Social Innovation Relay award with innovative job-matching service
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
With jobs and growth being the focus of the EU for the next five years, boosting European entrepreneurs has become increasingly important.
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.
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.
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.
A new European scheme aims to plug the gap in entrepreneurship education by helping school children to build their own companies
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.
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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