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Five start-ups shortlisted for the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2020

08 June 2020

Five JA alumnæ are in the run for AmCham's EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award (YEA) 2020. They have been selected amongst 19 candidates across Europe who have participated in a JA programme, made it past the initial start-up phase and have a business concept with strong growth potential.


Online finale

TThe five shortlisted start-ups will pitch their companies to a high-level jury panel during an online finale on 11 June.

YEA19 shortlist


Meet the jury

  • Claude ALBER
    Vice-President, Europe, 
    Collins Aerospace

  • Anna-Michelle ASIMAKOPOULOU 
    MEP, EPP,
    European Parliament

  • Luciana BROGGI
    SVP & Global Head of Channel strategy and global accounts,
    HP Inc

  • Susan DANGER
    AmCham EU

  • Mark LIBBY
    Deputy Chief of Mission,
    United States Mission to the EU

    UPS Europe

See the five projects in the running for this year's award:

Adventures with Amara

Entrepreneur:  Kirija KANDIAH
Country: United Kingdom

'Adventures with Amara' is a collection of children's books that explains complex social issues in a simple way with added digital elements. In a fun and engaging manner, the books focus on environmental issues, discrimination and mental well-being.

Adventures with Amara website



Entrepreneur:  Sara GREEN BRODERSEN
Country: Denmark

Canaree is a 'Software as a Service' platform helping early-stage businesses understand and improve their future finances. Its vision is to empower more pre-CFO startups to grow, combining deep knowledge of corporate finance with vast experience in building technology businesses.

Canaree website

Celuna (TimeNinja)

Entrepreneur:  Cécilia MZAYEK
Country: Malta

Most students have difficulties when it comes to their studies, as they find it difficult to stay focused, motivated and manage their time. TimeNinja is a mobile application that tackles those problems by developing a solution that uses time boxing, gamification and artificial intelligence to help students.

TimeNinja website


Entrepreneur:  Stéphanie ROLAND
Country: Belgium

Today, up to 80% of cancer patients suffer from unaddressed and undiagnosed malnutrition, which further endangers their quality of life, treatment follow-up and chances of remission. Saana aims to improve cancer patients' quality of life through actionable, tangible and personalized diet interventions, 100% science-based and continuously tailored to the patients' needs.

Saana website


Entrepreneur:  Dominika PODOLANOVÁ
Country: Slovakia

WakiVaky is a young Slovak brand with an environmental and social approach that specializes in textile waste up-cycling. By making unique products, it tries to give a new life to excess and otherwise useless textile materials, while trying to establish partnerships with other companies handling this kind of materials to collect more waste.

WakiVaky website

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