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What are the YEC 2018 Jury looking for? – David Gomes

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The SME Week Youth Essay Competition is getting even closer…only 12 days to go until the deadline on 16 September 2018! Today on Promoting Enterprise we present David Gomes, another Youth Essay Competition jury member. David Gomes will be on the jury as the representative from the JADE Network (The European Confederation of Junior Enterprises), who are one of our competition partners.  Read on to find out what he is looking for in an entry and don’t forget to submit before the deadline!

What will you be looking for in an entry?

Innovation is the keyword – I will be looking for entries that suggest practical and concrete ways for entrepreneurs and governments to become more innovative. For me an entry needs to offer more than just sharing ideas and thinking about what we want in the future. I want the entries to really consider what we want to see in terms of innovation and how we can make this a reality. The writers should think about how we can foster an environment that promotes innovation on a constant basis. I am expecting really good answers as the question of innovation is one that we need to answer as fast as we can.

What are the top three criteria you will base your judging on?

I will judge each essay on the following three criteria: originality, feasibility, and presentation.

What will make an entry stand out for you?

An entry will stand out for me if it considers both the strengths and weaknesses of our present environment, and proposes solutions that are suitable for the problem identified. It is not enough to come up with ideas and expect them to be the best solution for the perceived problem. In order for an entry to be well rounded and thought provoking, the author will need to demonstrate a deep understanding of what is being done at the moment, and propose their solution in light of that.

What advice would you give for those still not sure about entering the competition?

Over time the younger generations are taking an ever increasing role in important societal discussions. This competition is an amazing opportunity to make an impact on what policy-makers are defining for our collective future and to make your voice heard. When we are invited to give our opinions we should embrace the challenge and speak up!

What steps do you think should be taken to foster and encourage innovation?

For me, it is much more about change management. Our society is ready for innovation, the problem simply lies with how people react to new ways of doing something or new products and services. We need to embrace innovation as a way to keep improving our lives for the better. Innovation should be a constant in our mindsets, in everything we do – both personally and professionally, and the leaders of this change should definitely be both governments and entrepreneurs.

Interested in entering this year’s competition? Find out more about the 2018 SME Week Youth Essay Competition right here. Use the News Portal for all your competition questions and be sure to have a look at the previous winning entries for inspiration. Finally, don’t forget to submit your essays by 23 September 2018!

JADE Spring Conference 2018

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The JADE Spring Conference, the main international Junior Enterprise event in Europe, will take place between March 8th and the 11th, in Brussels. This year’s edition will gather over 400 Junior Entrepreneurs – university students – from more than 14 countries in Europe, as well as Brazil, the United States and Tunisia.

After celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Junior Enterprise conce pt, this year’s event follows the motto “We Generate Impact”, referring to the impact Junior Entrepreneurs are generating, towards Academia, Business world and their communities.

“We know very well that our work in our Junior Enterprises is leading us to a powerful impact. This impact can be detailed in three levels: Academia, by fostering the application of theoretical knowledge, encouraging innovation and new ideas; Business world, by delivering high-quality projects and high-quality talent to the market, influencing the growth and development of small and medium enterprises; and Society – our communities and countries –, training the next generation of leaders, active citizens that will define our common future.”

– Diogo Parreira, JADE President

The flow of the event connects the motto to important topics for our common future, as sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, disclosing the role of youth towards the development of a better world in 2030, as the United Nations have fostered.

“This new horizon of 2030 will write a new chapter in our global history – it is important to involve youth as much as possible in those questions and give them the right tools to think and act.”

– Adrien Lepic, JADE Head of Network Quality

The Conference will be opened by a panel discussion “The world in 2030: the role of youth” – Hassan Al Hilou (the Youngest serial Entrepreneur of Belgium), Michiel Dijkman (Samsung Head of Corporate Affairs), Myrna Hasséguy (Entrepreneur’s Organization Director), and Rudi Plettinx (CEO of AIS), will be part of the debate moderated by Steven Price (CEO of EIIL).

Motivational speeches from TED speakers – Teba Olayé and Michele Mees – will invite the audience of young leaders to reflect about their potential. A keynote speech by MEP Fernandes, addressing the role of youth towards a more entrepreneurial Europe will follow.

“The event has a very intensive beginning with a lot of insights in the first day. Then there is the time to implement and to apply; to build and conceptualize. In the end, we remind our Junior Entrepreneurs our values and missions as a network and motivate them to generate even more impact.”

– Giorgio Sleiter, JADE Head of Public Affairs

During the conference, the Junior Entrepreneurs will have the chance to foster their skills development with dedicated workshops delivered by the event’s partners, experienced professionals from well-known companies. Participants will also have the chance to exchange knowledge, through workshops delivered by Junior Enterprises and networking sessions. This way, more synergies are encouraged among Junior Enterprises from different countries in Europe.

The Excellence Awards Ceremony will close the event, during which 6 Junior Enterprises in the network will be distinguished in different categories, to inspire and lead the network to even higher achievements. Junior Enterprise of the Year; Most International JE; Most Socially Responsible JE; Most Entrepreneurial JE; Most Promising JE; and Most Innovative Project are the categories of the European awards.

“This is the biggest even in JADE history, in terms of nationalities, participants and partners involved. This year is particularly important as JADE is defining a new strategy for the Network and itself – bringing so many people to one place, connecting them and making them aware of their individual and collective potential is more than integrating the Network, is empowering it for a new strategic cycle. We have very high expectation for this year’s event.”

– Alfonso Catone, JADE Head of Events

JADE, organising this conference aims a higher integration of the Junior Enterprise network, unifying 14 countries, 26.000 students and 300+ Junior Enterprises around the very same idea of the potential impact of the Junior Enterprise concept. The European Confederation believes that establishing connections; learning from the peers; understanding the potential and empowering young leaders are crucial vectors to prosper in today’s world and to build a brighter future.

Interested in the work of JADE? Have a look at their website, and read through the 2017 JADE conference report, to get ready for this exciting event.

Inspiring the future with today’s success stories

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What does it take to be an entrepreneur? What comes after the Junior Entrepreneur experience? Where can we learn more about the inspirational entrepreneurs of the future? Today Promoting Enterprise has the honour to present the success stories booklet from JADE, the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises.

The booklet aims to inspire the next generation of leaders, by showcasing successful alumni from the Junior Enterprise network. In the booklet the alumni share the lessons learned as Junior Entrepreneurs and their impact on today’s businesses. They all had the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills and mindset through the Junior Enterprise concept and this helped them to advance their careers as entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs.

Entrepreneurship is not only a set of skills but a spirit that enables you to turn ideas into actions. It is with those skills and this spirit that the JADE junior entrepreneurs can truly have an impact on society and co-create the future.

The following success stories are designed to inspire and provide life lessons, and are a gift to the network from the alumni.

For the last 25 years JADE has been contributing to the development of entrepreneurship among Europe’s youth by spreading a unique concept: the Junior Enterprise, a non-profit organisation, formed and managed exclusively by undergraduate and postgraduate students of higher education. They provide services for companies, institutions and society, under the guidance of teachers and professionals with the goal of consolidating and enhancing the learning of their members. Junior Enterprises are similar to real companies, with components such as corporate governance (e.g. management council and executive board), and self-regulation.

By connecting a network of 300 Junior Enterprises in 14 European countries and supporting the growth of its 22 000 members, JADE is one of the most powerful European youth organisations that fights skills mismatch and creates great potential for a more entrepreneurial society and active citizenship. After 25 years, JADE is actively working to spread the concept of Junior Enterprise to more countries, to give this unique opportunity to more students. Outside Europe, Junior Enterprises are present in around 40 countries, with over 40 000 Junior Entrepreneurs across the world.

Interested in what JADE does? Interested in knowing more about the Junior Enterprise Concept? Dive in, and meet former Junior Entrepreneurs that turned what they learnt during their Junior Enterprise experience into a successful career!

For more information visit the JADE website: www.jadenet.org

Still got questions? Contact JADE to find out more: communication@jadenet.org

The JADE Spring Conference 2017 – Gathering the professionals of tomorrow

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The European Conference for Junior Entrepreneurs (The JADE Spring Conference) takes place on 02‐05 March 2017, in Brussels, and is the main international Junior Enterprise event in Europe, bringing together over 300 Junior Entrepreneurs from over 14 countries in Europe, as well as Brazil, the United States and Tunisia. This year, 2017, marks the 25th anniversary of JADE and the 50th of the Junior Enterprise concept. The conference theme is “Co-create the future. Celebrate the past, act today, shape our tomorrow”, and will focus on the power of youth assuming a leadership role in shaping the society of the future.

Andrey Novakov, youngest Member of the European Parliament, will launch the conference, followed by high level panels and keynote speaker Dr. Georg Tacke, CEO of Simon Kucher & Partners. During the conference, the Junior Entrepreneurs will have the chance to foster their skills development with dedicated workshops delivered by the event’s partners, experienced professionals and chosen multipliers of the JADE network. The Gala Dinner will close the event, during which the best Junior Enterprises in the network will be awarded with JADE Excellence Awards.

Interested in the work of JADE? Have a look at their website, and read through the 2016 JADE conference report, to get ready for this exciting event.

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The European Confederation of Junior Enterprises – Inspiring the next generation of business leaders

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What does it take to be an entrepreneur? At what age and how do entrepreneurs develop? Where can we learn more about the inspirational entrepreneurs of the future? Today Promoting Enterprise has the honour to present the success stories booklet from JADE, the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises, which aims to inspire the next generation of business leaders.

6“For JADE, entrepreneurship refers to an individual ability to turn ideas into actions. Entrepreneurial competences must therefore include transversal skills and attitudes, as well as more specialised knowledge and business skills. In a broad sense, entrepreneurship should be considered as a mind-set that supports everyone in daily life at home and in society. In order to inspire entrepreneurship, we have to look closer at role-models, and learn from them. This is what Success Stories is about and this is why we have interviewed 13 former Junior Entrepreneurs about their experience within the Junior Enterprise network and how it helped them to start their own business or develop their entrepreneurial path.

1Our mission here at JADE, is to encourage entrepreneurship in Europe by fostering a unique concept: the Junior Enterprise, a non-profit civil social organisation, formed and managed exclusively by undergraduate and postgraduate students of higher education. They provide services for companies, institutions and society, under the guidance of teachers and professionals with the goal of consolidating and enhancing the learning of their members. Junior Enterprises are similar to real companies, with components such as corporate governance (e.g. management council and executive board), and self-regulation.

10By integrating a network of 280 Junior Enterprises in 14 European countries and supporting the growth of its 22,000 members, JADE is one of the most powerful European youth organisations that fights skills mismatch and creates great potential for a more entrepreneurial society and active citizenship. Outside Europe, Junior Enterprises are present in around 40 countries, with over 40,000 Junior Entrepreneurs across the world.

Interested in what we do? Dive in, and meet former junior entrepreneurs that turned what they learnt in their Junior Enterprise into a successful career!”

For more information: www.jadenet.org

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