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.
Armando Persico, Teacher in Italy
I have a dream... to improve the teaching profession and offer apprenticeship and entrepreneurship opportunities to all students.
As a coordinator of the Italian version of the ‘dual system apprenticeship’ model, I introduced the first Italian vocational ‘management’ path. This is an exciting challenge for the Ikaros Foundation vocational schools where I work. My role is to coordinate 250 younger colleagues (regardless of their subjects) and introduce them to teaching entrepreneurship and providing training.
Peter Daly, VP Global Service Management at AT&T
JA Europe and AT&T are working to empower the next generation of IT‐driven innovators, by building key competences in entrepreneurship and business.
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.
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