JADE’s activities in line with DG Enterprise & Industry’s Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan

On April 17, Mr Cango Fano, Head of Cabinet of the VP Enterprise & Industry of the European Commission, had requested a meeting with JADE to get an update on its activities. This meeting took place, in light of the release, of DG Enterprise & Industry’s Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan in Jan 2013.

JADE’s activities are particularly aligned with this plan, where it is stated that “The Commission will […] raise awareness through a Europe-wide information campaign for entrepreneurs and SMEs on the benefits from the new digital evolutions”. Since the end of 2012, JADE has organised or co-organised three conferences around this topic, in cooperation with the European Institute for Industrial Leadership (EIIL), a long-term partner: the Leading the Connected Generation Conference in November (where Vodafone, Bayer, CB&I, P&G and DG Enterprise, among others, were present), the Generations Club 2013 in January (hosted by EUROCHAMBRES, with Microsoft, DG Education and Culture, the European Business Baha’i Forum and EveryEuropeanDigital) and the International Congress on Technology for Entrepreneurship (at the European Parliament, with Digital Europe, DG Enterprise, Gallup Europe, European Voice, ING and HUB University).

The 2020 Action Plan also underlines the fact that “Europe has a limited number of known entrepreneurial success stories.” “Potential women entrepreneurs should be made aware of business support programmes and funding opportunities.”

Since 2005, JADE has been publishing each year the Success Stories of its most brilliant alumni. The next edition will come out by September 2013. All along the year, JADE also invites successful former Junior Entrepreneurs as speakers in its events, to inspire Junior Entrepreneurs to become innovative, driven and impactful entrepreneurs.

The following data give an insight of what type of entrepreneurs JADE network generates each year:

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Mr Canga Fano mentioned that entrepreneurship in Brazil and North Africa (in particular Tunisia) is one of the priorities of the European Commission, and he was delighted when we told him that Brazil (220 Junior Enterprises) and Tunisia (17 Junior Enterprises) are precisely the non-European countries in which the Junior Enterprise movement develops fastest.

This meeting paved the way for an even deeper collaboration between JADE and the European Commission, who have been working together for the past 17 years.