The Turkish student company Entella has impressed the FedEx Access Award jury at the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition 2019. The team from Entella Company created Mareen, a cylindrical filter that aids in waste capture and removal in the ocean and other bodies of water.
Over 200 young entrepreneurs from across Europe gathered in Lille, France between 3 and 5 July to celebrate the top student companies. 40 teams competed as part of JA Europe’s flagship event JA Company Programme, which gives them an opportunity to set up and manage a real business.
Learning to run a company from top to bottom, the JA Company Programme students create and market real products and services. Adult volunteers from established businesses mentor and offer expert advice to the students. Engagement between education and business is essential to closing the gap between classroom theory and real-world challenges.
On receiving the award, member of the winning team said: We are honored to win the FedEx Access Award which is a recognition of all our hard work. It demonstrate that it’s not about your origin or your country, or whatever you’re doing, it’s about passion. I would like to thanks the FedEx jury, our teacher, Junior Achievement Turkey and my team. “
Teaming up with JA Europe for over a decade, FedEx supports the JA Company Program to increase numbers of young people to access entrepreneurial education alongside formal academic schooling. FedEx and JA Europe are working together in 7 European countries (Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, France, and UK) with young people aged 15-21 years old involved in the Company Programme.
“FedEx connects companies to new markets as part of our everyday business. Through the FedEx Access Award, we are able to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to set ambitious targets for responsible international growth,” said Harald Schoenfelder, vice president of Clearance Operations, FedEx Express Europe.
In addition to the FedEx Access Award, FedEx provided the competing teams with a seminar on trade, job creation, and global logistics, for the students to learn more about how their businesses can open new markets and create products/services that improve lives around the world.
“FedEx brings an incredibly valuable perspective to the students in the JA Company Program. This is often their first entrepreneurial experience. The FedEx Access Award recognises young people for business ideas that have a truly international dimension,” said Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe.
- Lynda Baumann – Managing Director, Planning and Engineering Hub Operations, FedEx Express Europe
- Jérome Ovion – Vice President Hub Operations and Transport France, FedEx Express Europe
- Pierre Bonhomme – Senior Internal Communications Specialist France, FedEx Express Europe
- Harald Schoenfelder – Vice President Clearance Operations, FedEx Express International
- Helena Jansson – Senior Vice President, Finance – International, FedEx Express
- Driven by innovation
Fresh, original ideas are more important than ever in today’s global, knowledge-based economy. Has your company shown it can TRANSLATE IDEAS OR INVENTIONS into a good or service that creates value — and that customers will pay for?
- Connecting to new markets
Some companies have barriers when they are building a global supply chain or trying to export their products. Is your business OPERATING ACROSS BORDERS, whether reaching out to a nearby town or around the world for sourcing or distribution?
- Fueling community development
Small businesses are drivers for job growth and economic development, increasing wealth and prosperity. How did your company CREATE JOBS and ECONOMIC GROWTH in your community or other communities?
- Sustainability and social responsibility
The ability to address environmental and social impacts is essential in today’s business climate.
How is your company MEASURING ITS IMPACT — and striving to GIVE BACK?
About JA Europe
JA Europe is Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy, reaching 3.6 million students in 41 countries in 2017. JA works with the education and business communities as well as governments to provide young people from primary school to university with experiences that build the skills and competences they will need to succeed in a global economy. JA Europe is the European Regional Operating Centre for JA Worldwide®. For more information, please visit: http://www.jaeurope.org/
About FedEx Express
FedEx Express is one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee. For more information, please visit: https://about.van.fedex.com/
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $70 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 450,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.
Senior Communications Specialist
FedEx Express Europe
Tel: +32 2 515 87 53
Head of Policy and Communications, JA Europe