JADE Spring Meeting 2015: a step forward for Youth Entrepreneurship

jade_logo_Four days full of excitement for entrepreneurship, networking and moments at the intersection of student life and responsibility for the future, this is what briefly describes JADE Spring Meeting 2015: Challenging the Entrepreneurship Status Quo!

More than 220 students from 15 different countries and 50 guests from private and public sector (including more than 20 represented companies) gathered together in various settings along the period of the youth congress, under the patronage of MEP ‎José Manuel Fernandes.  The participants attended workshops, networking activities, informal nights, one high level Opening Ceremony and the Gala Dinner that set a new standard for the Excellence Awards – European Awards for Junior Enterprises, with the highest participation rate in the history of the network.

Opening Ceremony

Jade 1

Jade Spring Meeting 2015 Opening Ceremony

Is the european entrepreneurial ecosystem actually supporting youth to create new jobs? This was the most important question of the Opening Ceremony held at Thon Brusses City Centre.

The Ceremony was started by Ioana David, JADE President, who issued the importance that the event does not only adress general europe-wide topics but also each participant as an individual person with a great character. The following keynote speeches from MEP ‎José Manuel Fernandes and Ms. Karen Wilson (Senior Fellow at Bruegel Think Tank) introduced the audinence to more facts about how entrepreneurship is changing and why the present challenges need to be adresses from the perspective of youth. Mr. Jacques Ragot, Director Global Public Affairs at Bayer MaterialScience, held a 15 minute speech about how Bayer drives innovation by fostering entrepreneurship and how all big companies must do so.

Mario Tarouca, Treasurer of JADE, presented the results of Generations Club 2014 that clearly showed that a lot of students would apply the skills that they have learned during higher and academic education as intrapreneurs inside companies and still feel true entrepreneurs.

Ms. Alexa Joyce (Director of Policy, Teaching and Learning Worldwide Education – Microsoft), Mr. Alessandro Cenderello (Managing Partner EU Institutions – EY), Mr. Florian Iwinjak (Programme and Liaison Officer –  The United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and Mr. Marko Curavic (Head of Unit ‘Entrepreneurship’, DG Enterprise and Industry – European Commission) were devided in two teams: pro and cons, in what was a one hour straight debate, moderated by Mr. Steven Price (CEO of European Institute for Industrial Leadership),  between the public and private sector on weather the stakeholders of today’s economy are teaming up efficiently enough to foster prosperity for young entrepreneurs that are at the start of their journey. The conclusion of the debate was set during a two minute live online voting session. Despite the PRO team’s efforts to keep the audience optimistic, the perspective of the participats was clear: 75% voted that the entrepreneurial ecosystem is not helping them in the mission of creating new jobs.

Every year, JADE names a small number of Junior Enterprises from a broad range of applicants as the laureateas of Excellence Awards – European Awards for Junior Enterprises, in several categories. This year, 12 finalists presented their application during the Opening Ceremony for 6 prestigious awards: Most Innovative Project, Most Socially Responsible Project, Most international Junior Enterprise, Most Entrepreneurial Junior Enterprise, Most Promising Junior Enterprise and Junior Enterprise of the Year.

The jury composed of Ms. Alexa Joyce, Mr. Alessandro Cenderello, Mr. Steven Price, Patrizia Baffioni and Eduin Matta (The United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and Jaques Ragot debated after the ceremony on who should be the winners.

The Ceremony was closed by JADE Vice President, Alexandru Ene, who concluded that that facts remain facts without relevance and the status quo is going to change anyway, and it’s up to Junior Entrepreneurs to challenge it.

Gala Dinner and Excellence Awards

Jade 3

Jade Spring Meeting 2015 Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner night completed the agenda with the show of the Excellence Awards. The prizes were awarded by JADE Spring Meeting partners: Most Entrepreneurial Junior Enterprise: EY, Most Innvative Project: Bayer, Most Socially Responsible Project: UNIDO, Most Promising Junior Enterprise: European Institute of Industrial Leadership, Most international Junior Enterprise: Microsoft.  The Junior Enterprise of the Year Award was given by JADE in the name of all companies involved.

The winners of the Excellence Awards were:

Most Innovative Project: SBS Student Consulting Club (JADE Belgium – Belgium
Most Socially Responsible Project: JuniFEUP (JADE Portugal – Portugal)
Most international Junior Enterprise: WBC UK (WBC UK – United Kingdom)
Most Entrepreneurial Junior Enterprise: JEME Bocconi Studenti (JADE Italia – Italy)
Most Promising Junior Enterprise: Junior ISIT (CNJE – France)
Junior Enterprise of the Year: Marketing Méditerranée (CNJE – France)

The night was closed with final words from the JADE Executive Board. The participants were then invited to enjoy the rest of the night togheter in the beautiful seetting of the venue, until early in th morning.

Workshops

Jade 5

Jade Spring Meeting 2015 Workshops

Under the motto ’’I am a Junior Entrepreneur, I challenge the status quo”, the Junior Entrepreneurs were invited to attend no less than 25 workshop sessions during two inspiring days at Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management. Partner companies and institutions, as well as Junior Entrepreneurs or Alumni of JADE put skills into practice on themes such as internationalisation, skills development, networking, technology and risk taking. You can see the full list of workshop here.

Topping the list of practical sessions was the full day Bayer MaterialScience Innovation Lab held by Stefan Koch and Julia Altenhofer on Friday: ’’From dark to sunrise. Value creation for people in developing countries travel to the rural areas in India and Southeast Asia.’’ The challenge for Junior Entrepreneurs was to improve the life of people in a local village who only have 5-8 $ per day of disposable income and help them to get access to products and services which are taking for granted in European countries.

Moving forward

Many ideas were exchanged during JADE Spring Meeting 2015. Many new contacts have been shared. Many young minds have been challenged. The event was a sum of milestone achivements: for the first time, 12 Junior Entrepreneurs were chosen to contribute to the organisation of the congress. The Excellence Awards, with the highest participation until now, reached all member countries. The networking setting converted the interractions between our participants into soon to become partnerships. Our next event, Summer JADE Meeting 2015, has also been oficially launched during the last weekend. Visit our website and stay conected to our social media in order to experience the follow-up!

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Palliative Care in Children, why it is less known and why do we need to raise awareness more?

Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2019 is ‘climate emergency’

Dinner with friends: how Switzerland is relaxing its coronavirus lockdown

Questions & Answers on vaccine negotiations

Greece and Ukraine main items on EU28 menu; the course is set

COVID-19: Managing Our Mental Health

Estonia is making public transport free

Agreement reached on digital copyright rules

This AI-powered app aims to help people with autism improve their social skills

Commission welcomes political agreement on EU4Health

World must do more to tackle ‘shadowy’ mercenary activities undermining stability in Africa, says UN chief

Eurozone needs more than some decimals of growth

Building a stronger Europe: new initiatives to further boost role of youth, education and culture policies

3 ways to stop COVID-19 from drying up start-up talent pools

Mental health and suicide prevention – What can be done to increase access to mental health services in my region?

Food supply chain: A step closer to ending unfair trading

‘Are we ready for the age of disruption?’, Thailand’s Foreign Minister asks UN Assembly

‘Good enough’ global cooperation is key to our survival

Bertelsmann Stiftung @ European Business Summit 2014: Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TTIP) needs balanced approach

Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy, during a recent press conference in Brussels / Berlaymont. (Copyright: EU, 2018 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Jennifer Jacquemart)

EU opens investigation into Qatar Petroleum over potentially restrictive gas contracts

MEPs adopted measures to reconcile work and family life

90% of European Jews say antisemitism is getting worse

Future Forces Forum: Prague will be hosting the most important project in the field of Defence and Security

Changing for the change: Medicine in Industry 4.0

How and why Mercedes fakes the EU fuel consumption tests

Across the world, women outlive men. This is why

South Sudan: ‘Horrific acts’ by government may constitute ‘war crimes’ says UN, demanding justice

We need to bin disposable items for good. Here are 5 ways to do it

This man is helping explorers carry out scientific research at the ends of the Earth

3 reasons all countries should embrace the Global Compact for Migration

EU-US Trade: European Commission endorses rebalancing duties on US products

Trump’s denial of Paris climate agreement; the US Republicans lash out against the world

Open-plan offices make workers less collaborative, Harvard study finds

3 vital skills for the age of disruption

Sustainable Development Summit: ‘We must step up our efforts – now’, Guterres declares

Israeli settlements remain ‘flagrant violation’ of international law, UN envoy tells Security Council

Actions not words: what was promised at the UN’s landmark climate summit?

Kids who live in the countryside have better motor skills, a study in Finland has found

After music and TV, where will the streaming revolution take us next?

We want to hear about Europe our citizens are dreaming of, says von der Leyen about the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe

Yemen: Security Council backs new mission in support of key port city truce

The community and a decent working conditions for the young health workforce

Confidence in COVID-19 vaccines continues to rise, Ipsos-Forum poll shows

The pandemic’s effects on US jobs in charts

How electrification can supercharge the energy transition

From fire to fake snow – the global consequences of the climate crisis

It’s time to fulfil the promises made to women 25 years ago

Achieving an optimal student-to-tutor ratio during the COVID-19 pandemic

No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds

UN agencies ramp up Somalia measles and polio campaign

Closing the gaps in accelerating women’s rights: The role of medical students

The Pandora Box of misinformation surrounding the Covid-19 vaccination drive

UN chief sends condolences to families of Malawi flood victims

5 world-changing ideas: our top picks for World Creativity and Innovation Day

Will the end of QE come along with ECB’s inflation target?

Slight easing of G20 GDP growth in first quarter of 2018

10 ways central banks are experimenting with blockchain

Coronavirus: rescEU masks delivered to Spain, Italy and Croatia

Why business can no longer turn a blind eye to poor vision

What is a CSO and does every company need one?

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s