Stories

  • Global Enterprise Project: Win-win for students and volunteers

    Global Enterprise Project: Win-win for students and volunteers

    Sharing knowledge, experience, and expertise and developing coaching skills at the same time? That’s what Smurfit Kappa employee volunteers are doing with Jong Ondernemen (JA in the Netherlands).

  • Making the impossible possible with JA

    Making the impossible possible with JA

    I come from a unique small town in the heart of Bulgaria called Veliko Tarnovo, which is a place of historical significance and cultural value. Currently, I am a third-year student at the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield in Sofia. Additionally, I am a team leader on a project in Sofia that supports start-up development, management and related issues. I also contribute a huge part of my free time to entrepreneurship as it is also of huge interest for me. Junior Achievement Bulgaria gave me the opportunity to obtain a more detailed insight into these areas and draw links between the theoretical framework covered in university lectures and their real life application.

  • Supporting innovation through youth mentorship

    Supporting innovation through youth mentorship

    I decided to join the SIR for several reasons. Firstly, as a researcher, I am always interested in innovation, new ideas, and novelties, especially if they are intended to make life better. Secondly, I am always one of the firsts to commit to voluntary services or to support revolutionary movements. Lastly, I also like to work with young people. In the past, I had some courses on market research in a Budapest university. In all, I was very happy that NN supports the SIR this year and I hope it won’t be the last time either.

  • Volunteering to inspire tomorrow's entrepreneurs

    Volunteering to inspire tomorrow's entrepreneurs

    I first heard of the Social Innovation Relay from our communication department. They presented the purpose of the events and stimulated participation very well. I immediately thought: “I would like to try to work with, guide and lead young people.”

  • You learn the most when you’re thrown into the deep-end

    You learn the most when you’re thrown into the deep-end

    The JA Company Programme has had a great influence on me as a person. At first, I thought it was a stupid plan, I did not feel like doing the programme. Together with my fellow students we were just beginning our studies and had no idea what we’re starting. However, as the programme progressed, I became more and more interested in our own company and product! I even continued working on the company outside of school. At the end of the year, the teacher asked me what I had learned from the programme. I think I learned a lot about entrepreneurship and myself because we were thrown into the deep-end.

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