Joonas Ahola, Founder and CEO of MeetingPackage.com
“At secondary school, we started a JA Company called Digitime. At that time, the analog signal for television had ended in Finland, so you had to either buy a set-top box to watch TV or buy a new TV. We had the idea to import set-top boxes from Germany to Finland at the age of 14-15. We made some profit that we used to have a better graduation party. We could even rent a Limousine….
Alexander Gram Jensen, Co-Founder & Partner of SubReader
“I’m in my last year of secondary school studying math and technology as main topics. Besides school I’m still working on the company “SubReader” that we licensed last year after we won the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition.
We developed an app that helps dyslexic people by reading subtitles on international TV and movies aloud. When we heard about the JA Company Programme with my friend Anders, we thought that it was a great opportunity to start our own project because we could develop it in school as well.
Karoli Hindriks, Founder and CEO, Jobbatical
I was born in the Soviet Union and was an average student at an average school—not exactly set up for success. My home town of Pärnu was tiny, with 40,000 inhabitants—a village by most of the world’s standards. At sixteen I was given a school assignment to create a student company with my classmates. It was part of the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise economical study program that my school had joined.
Dirk Ostijn, Head, Western & Central Europe Sub-Region, MetLife
In 2013, MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic arm of MetLife, launched financial inclusion as its global focus. Simply put, the Foundation is working with partners in both developing and developed economies to expand and improve financial services to help low- and moderate-income people build better, more secure lives.
Nikolaas Baeckelmans, Vice President EU Affairs, ExxonMobil
Recently appointed as member of JA Europe’s Board of Directors, I am proud to represent ExxonMobil in its quest to foster a diverse workforce of highly talented individuals. ExxonMobil is a global company with more than 70,000 employees, most of them scientists and engineers as the energy sector is extremely high-tech.
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