Marvellous Junior Achievement (JA) Organisation has its JA Start Up Finals in Helsinki

One of the best things in life is seeing how smart young people create their own companies with the help of teachers and voluntary mentors and then compete across Europe be the best of the best.

And this is happening in Helsinki this week at the Europe Enterprise Challenge 2017 - writes finnishnews.

Nuori Yrittäjyys, or in English, JA Finland, has organised this year’s European Final on 28-29 June 2017 with 19 student teams from 16 European countries to compete after participating in a 10 month JA Start Up Programme and qualifying at their national-level.

The annual JA Europe’s Start Up Programme engages over 14,000 University students from 300 schools each year , giving them the opportunity to experience running a business from top to bottom.

Check out the best JA Start Up teams online at

All 19 teams will be judged on their merits after a 4 minute presentation, later, after a hard individual examination behind closed doors with the jury.

FinnishNews will be writing a full description of each team in a separate article, together with an interview of the winners.

The most interesting thing about this Junior Achievement is that it is based on the efforts of NGO’s, volunteers, schools and universities without much public funding.

This last comment is somewhat strange when we hear all the time from the mouths of politicians and companies that young people are not getting enough entrepreneurial training!

JA Finland was set up 15 years ago as a not-for-profit association and member of the JA Worldwide. Funding is scraped together from private companies and a tiny fraction has been secured from the public sector. Compared to the other Nordics and other European countries, JA Finland does amazing work on a shoestring!

Compared to these other countries it is a national disgrace that private companies and wealthy entrepreneurs have not embraced this organisation with generous funding. It goes without saying that the public sector should automatically be making an modest annual grant to enable this great organisation to operate on a firm footing. They influence some 40 000 students in Finland from ordinary schools and universities and empower them with the necessary skills and advice to set up their own small innovative companies.

These young people are our future and we should be going from 40 000 to much larger numbers like they do in Norway and Sweden.

It is great for students, teachers and the rest of the country…

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