International Congress on “Entrepreneurial Skills for Youth” Brings Together 220 Junior Entrepreneurs of over 20 Nationalities

International Congress on “Entrepreneurial Skills for Youth” is one of the 4 annual international meetings of a network of 20 000 entrepreneurial students – JADE, European Confederation of Junior Enterprises. Also known as JADE Spring Meeting 2014, the event will take place between the 6th and 9th of March, in Brussels, where the network is headquartered. The congress brings together talented students, entrepreneurs, corporations, policy makers, academia and even lobbying organisations.

With rising youth unemployment in Europe estimated at 23% in 2013 according to the EU Labour Force Survey, 220 Junior Entrepreneurs bring to the table their entrepreneurial experience, aiming at developing solutions together with the guests of the congress. The event is specially supported by Intel and Solvay Business School.

The Opening Ceremony will debut with keynote speeches given by Adriana Anchidin, President of JADE, Bruno van Pottelsberghe, Dean of Solvay Business School, Monica Carco, Chief Investment and Technology of UNIDO, Dilek Ayhan, Deputy Minister at Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy DG Education and Culture. A panel discussion will complement the first part of the day, composed by a representative of Microsoft, Daniel Cloquet, Director of Entrepreneurship and SMEs of BUSINESSEUROPE, Marko Curavić, Head of the Unit “Entrepreneurship and Social Economy” in DG Enterprise and Industry, Solveigh Hieronimus, Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General of EUROCHAMBRES and Dilek Ayhan. The panel will be moderated by Steven Price, CEO of the European Institute of Industrial Leadership.

The next two days will be filled with workshops, with the purpose of developing the soft skills and technical skills of the participants, but also to support them in their entrepreneurial initiatives. One of the main contributors of the event is Intel, which identified an alignment between their renowned Intel Business Challenge Europe and the aims of the congress. Therefore, they will run a 6h innovation fostering session, looking into critical factors for a successful process of innovation. The participants will learn effective methods of creating innovative environment and avoiding usual pitfalls.

“As a company with strong focus on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, Intel launched, earlier this year, the Intel Business Challenge Europe 2014, a year-long acceleration process with the main objective to develop skills young people need to succeed in business. As the Junior Enterprises are all about skills development through “learning by doing” experiences, we are glad to have found a way to put together young entrepreneurial students and a programme aiming exactly at enhancing those skills” declared Victor Soto, Vice President of JADE.

About the alignment between JADE network and Intel, Michał Dżoga, Head of Corporate Affairs (CEE Region) mentions that “Intel invests globally over $100 M each year to support education, science and entrepreneurship, and women empowerment in more than 70 countries. Particularly in Europe we intend to support the EU Agenda 2020 goals to mitigate youth unemployment, enhance R&D investment and decrease school dropout rates. One of our key education programs is Intel Business Challenge Europe, which is aimed at empowering youth with the necessary entrepreneurial skills. Finalists of Intel Global Challenge have created 1900 jobs and raised over 56M$ funding over last 8 years. We are delighted to partner with JADE in order to enhance the entrepreneurial skills amongst youth in Europe”.

Other development opportunities for the Junior Entrepreneurs and Solvay students are brought by workshops given by McKinsey & Company, showcasing a case of intrapreneurship, Cedric Donck, a Business Angel talking about design thinking, or Greg Watts, Freelance Consultant, on building the “right” business.

The congress is also marked by a competition between the 280 European Junior Enterprises, for the awards of “Most Entrepreneurial Junior Enterprise”, “Most Socially Responsible Junior Enterprise”, “Most Creative and Innovative Project” and “Most International Junior Enterprise”. The finalists are going to be assessed by a Jury composed of Monique Blokzyl, Founder of Business Lunch Portal, Michał Dżoga, Head of Corporate Affairs (CEE Region) at Intel Corporation, Emiliya Hubavenska, Information and Communication Assistant at DG CONNECT, Florent Barel, JADE Vice President 2009, Steven Price, CEO of EIIL and Ketan Makwana, entrepreneur.

According to the research made by DG Enterprise and Industry in 2012, “Effects and impact of entrepreneurship programmes in higher education”, Alumni of the Junior Enterprise network rate themselves to be more creative, have better analytical skills, are more capable of motivating others to gain support and assistance in realising opportunities; they have better networking skills and a great ability to adapt to situations and handle different ones with ease.

About JADE

JADE is an umbrella organisation of more than 280 student-run businesses across 200 universities in 13 European countries. Following the motto “learning-by-doing”, our students bridge the gap between academia and real business world. By running non-profit SMEs and being social entrepreneurs, the students turn over 16 million euro per year and involve more than 20,000 peers, thus leaving a significant impact on the local and national business world. The concept is present on various continents, such as Europe, South America, North America and Africa.

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

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