JADE Spring Meeting 2013: International Congress on Technology for Entrepreneurship

JADE kicked off the New Year with its Biggest Event of the year: The JADE Spring Meeting. More than 400 Junior Entrepreneurs across Europe participated in the International Congress on Technology for Entrepreneurship held at the European Parliament, and HUB University in Brussels from 7- 10 March, 2013.

The key highlights were the Key Note Speeches and Panel Discussions revolving around the theme of the event on the role of technology and how an Entrepreneur could harness it.

‘Entrepreneurship’,’failure’,’risk’ are nasty words for many, governments, there needs to be a change in the mindset. Digital revolution isn’t an enabler for entrepreneurship; it is a tool & certainly an opportunity. JADE had the honour to welcome, among other highly influential speakers on entrepreneurship, Mr. Marko Curavic (Head of Unit Entrepreneurship, DG ENTR, European Commission) and Mr. Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General of Eurochambres.

Panel Discussion at JSM 2013

Panel Discussion at JSM 2013 with Steve Price, EIIL; Monique Blokzyl, Founder and CEO at Business Launch Portal

What followed the extremely interesting Panel Discussion was a highly enthusiastic JADE Excellence Awards Ceremony. Facing up to challenges becomes a part of everyday life, when working in a Junior Enterprise. Dealing with them requires the implementation of new ideas, as well as putting old ones to the test. The Junior Enterprise movement is fulfilled with great practices and success stories, and the JADE Excellence Awards 2013 honored the most outstanding achievements with the diverse and dynamic world of JADE over the past year.

The event gathered the network of JADE’s “Junior Entrepreneurs”, university students that set up and run their own company alongside their studies to bridge the gap between academia and the business world by offering professional consultancy projects and services. JADE Spring Meeting hosted more than 20 workshops for them to develop their skills and exchange knowledge, including trainings provided by experienced professionals; the former CEO of AT. Kearney, Mr. Heinz Ludwig Klein, Careers International, the European Institute for Industrial Leadership (EIIL), among others.

With this event, JADE aims to gather its network and foster collaboration across the Member countries, as well as showcasing JADE’s main activities and achievements in the past year.