The role of junior entrepreneurs as a bridge between academia and business world

Bienkowska 2017

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, will hold a press conference. Date: 19/07/2017 Reference: P-034881/00-08 Location: Brussels – EC/Berlaymont.© European Union , 2017 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Lukasz Kobus.

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Anflonso Catone, Vice President of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE). The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect The European Sting’s one.

Filling the gap between academia and business world: this is one of the main goals of JADE – European Confederation of Junior Enterprises, and of all its network.

Since 1992, the year of the creation of JADE, the business world faced new and different challenges: the internet revolution, new marketing strategies, smartphones, computers, robots and so on. But at the same time, the skills required by the market changed as well, and with the Fourth Industrial Revolution coming, different capabilities are going to be asked to new recruits. The World Economic Forum released in January a new report named “The Future of Jobs” where chief human resources and strategic officers from leading global employers prioritized the skills needed to thrive in Industry 4.0: problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity will be the top three requirements in 2020.

From the business’ side, JADE, as an umbrella organization, collaborates directly with corporates and together with them, tries to understand their needs in terms of human resources and social responsibility. In fact, apart from the development of capabilities that companies need nowadays, JADE cooperates with the private sector in order to impact in a positive and innovative way the society. As addressed by the European Commission since 2015, CSR is a fundamental tool for enterprises since it provides benefits in risk management, cost savings and HR management.

Thanks to its structure, JADE has the possibility of acting as a bridge between Universities and businesses. The presence of Junior Enterprises in the higher education system allows an agile and autonomous structure that helps colleges to keep dealing with the most recent challenges for their students. This happens because of the link that Junior Enterprises have with the market: they work on a daily basis with start-ups, SMEs and corporates, therefore they need to be updated about the needs of their clients and provide them with the right skills.

During the last JADE Spring Conference –an event where 300 students from 17 different countries gathered in Brussels – MEPs, Commissioners, Microsoft and the EIIL had a panel discussion about “Developing the skills of the future for society”. This is just an example of how JADE acts as a bridge between academia, companies, and Institutions. In fact, the Spring Conference is a 4 days event where enterprises provide workshops to students and have the chance to discuss with colleges and EU Institutions. In 2017, 14 companies took part in the event providing 28 workshops.

The next JADE Spring Conference will take place from the 8th to 11th March, and more than 400 students will attend the event. This meeting is the right opportunity for companies to get in touch with the Junior Enterprise world, and a chance of direct confrontation with students that will become future managers and entrepreneurs.

The European Junior Enterprise network is able to provide 4.000 projects to businesses, 13.7M of cumulated turnover and develop the skills of 26.000 students in 14 countries. These numbers justify the impact that JADE has towards the education system and the business world. Jean Claude Juncker wrote in an endorsement letter to JADE: “You are building a vital partnership between higher education and the world of work, ensuring that teaching and learning adapt to our fast-changing economy”.  As stressed by the President of the European Commission, our economy changes rapidly and both companies and universities need to be up to date about these changes: JADE’s role is to bridge them, make them share information, and be at the same time a solution to their needs.

About the author

Mr. Alfonso Catone is the Vice President of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE). In addition to this role, he is personally in charge of the relationship with the private sector and, at the same time, for all of JADE International Events. Alfonso Catone is graduating from University of Florence (Italy) in Business Management, with a major in Internationalization and Quality. Before being elected as member of the Executive Board of JADE, he has been President and founder of JEFlo – Junior Enterprise Florence, leaving a significant legacy in his University. Mr. Catone started to work at the international level of the Junior Enterprise movement even during 2016, being hired as Business Development Manager.

About JADE

JADE is an umbrella organization that represents more than 26.000 students coming from 300 student-run businesses, also known as Junior Enterprises, located in 280 universities from 14 European countries. A cumulative turnover of €16m per year, coming from over 4000 consulting projects, showcases the proactivity of the network that benefits students, universities, SMEs and other stakeholders, thus leaving a significant impact on the local and international business world. Following the motto “learning-by-doing”, our network bridges the gap between academia and the business environment. 

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

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

CEOs in these countries are more likely to go with their gut

EU’s Mogherini visits Turkey “to step up engagement” and highlight interests

Parliament backs a modernised EU electoral law

EU-US resume trade negotiations under the spell of NSA surveillance

Syria: Civilians caught in crossfire, UN refugee chief urges Jordan to open its border

“China will strive to enhance the performance of economic growth”, President Xi highlights from the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos

MARKUP initiative to boost market access to Europe for East African SMEs

TTIP 9th Round marked by American disappointment: Will some optimism save this trade agreement?

Cultural diversity can drive economies. Here are lessons from India and South Asia

A Sting Exclusive: “Climate change and youth inaction: oblivion or nonchalance?”, AIESEC wonders from Brussels

The EU Commission implicates major banks in cartel cases, threatens with devastating fines

Biggest London City Banks ready to move core European operations to Frankfurt or Dublin?

Eurozone at risk of home-made deflation and recession

‘Path to peace’ on Korean Peninsula only possible through diplomacy and full denuclearization: US tells Security Council

Our present and future tax payments usurped by banks

Facebook-Cambridge Analytica: MEPs demand action to protect citizens’ privacy

Banks must take bold action to fight climate change. This is how they can do it

EU and India re-open talks over strategic partnership while prepare for a Free Trade Agreement

Somalia: UN urges steps to ensure future elections not ‘marred’ by rights abuses seen in recent polls

3 natural mysteries that could be explained by quantum physics

UN rights chief denounces Burundi for ‘belligerent and defamatory’ attack on inquiry team

Job automation risks vary widely across different regions within countries

Youth and children in Europe set the new perspectives for the decades to come

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “If we do not do properly the Paris agreement, then all 16 remaining goals will be undermined”, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon cautions from Davos

Nuclear non-proliferation treaty an ‘essential pillar’ of international peace, says UN chief

The G7 should take the lead on ocean targets for 2020

Court of Auditors: EU spending infested with errors well above the materiality threshold of 2%

“Only through energy policy we can trigger competitiveness”. The Sting live from #EBS2015: Energy Union – When will it happen?

The success story of a Chinese investment in the Greek port of Piraeus

Faith can overcome religious nationalism. Here’s how

A day in the life of a refugee: the role of nations and citizens of the world

Young people are not a nameless, faceless mass. So why do we treat them as such?

SPB TV @ MWC14: The TV of the Future

“None of our member states has the dimension to compete with China and the US, not even Germany!”, Head of EUREKA Pedro Nunes on another Sting Exclusive

The creative technology and its advancements

Finland must focus on integrating migrant women and their children to boost their contribution to the economy and society

G20 LIVE: “ISIL is the face of evil; our goal is to degrade and ultimately destroy this barbaric terrorist organisation”, US President Barack Obama cries out from Antalya Turkey

EU citizens disenchanted with Economic and Monetary Union over rising poverty and high unemployment

Hazy ‘breakthrough’ saves PM May, leaves Ireland in limbo: Brexit

India-UN fund gets 22 development projects off the ground in first year

More than one billion people do not have access to electricity. What will it take to get them connected?

The European Internet is not neutral and neither is the Commissioner

The impossible end of the war in Syria

New rules for audiovisual media services approved by Parliament

Facebook has built an AI-based tool that fixes the social network when it crashes

Merkel had it her way with the refugees & immigrants but can Greece and Turkey deliver?

MWC 2016 LIVE: T-Mobile US reveals 5G trial plans

Air quality: Commission takes action to protect citizens from air pollution

Digital distrust: We’re losing faith in technology to solve the world’s problems

What lies ahead for the Korean Peninsula?

Chauvinism and xenophobia will lead to global assertiveness and more wars

VW emissions scandal: While U.S. car owners are vindicated, Europe still unable to change its laws and protect its consumers

Can Greece’s devastating economy deal with the migration crisis?

UN Human Rights Council resolution on youth and human rights: a step forward for youth rights

A very good morning in European markets

The EU Commission lets money market funds continue the unholy game of banks

How wealthy people transmit this advantage to their children and grand children

UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan, as a step towards ‘inclusive and implementable’ peace

Ahead of State of the Union the European Youth Forum highlights lack of action on youth employment

What are the real targets of EU’s efforts to fight tax evasion?

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