16 Mini-Entreprises participated in the 21st National Final of the Mini-Entreprises programme organised by Jonk Entrepreneuren
For the 21st edition of the Mini-Enterprises Final, the 16 finalists presented their projects at the Kinépolis Kirchberg on Thursday 9 June. In total, 96 teams from 23 high schools registered for the programme at the beginning of the school year.
The national final of the mini-companies took place with the presence of students, teachers and visitors at the Kinépolis Kirchberg. The final is an exciting event for the young entrepreneurs. The 16 finalists presented their products and services to the public and the jury for the last time.
The stands were opened to the public from 12.30 p.m. onwards and the presentations of the mini-companies took place at 4 p.m. in front of an audience of over 200 people.
Mr Claude Meisch, Minister for National Education, Children and Youth, was able to appreciate the different products and services of the mini-companies and attended the presentations.
Moderated by Loïc Juchem, the event started with an encouraging speech by the Chairman of the Board of Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg, Patrick Wies, who congratulated the young people for their perseverance and commitment. He also stressed the importance of working with high schools and teachers in a programme such as the mini-companies.
Mr Claude Meisch underlined the importance of initiatives parallel to the school curriculum that allow students to have enriching and useful experiences for their future. It is this kind of experience that will complement the knowledge acquired at school and contribute to the employability of young people.
The mini-companies were evaluated by a jury, composed of professionals from the world of work and representatives from the world of education.
The members of the jury:
- Carole Retter, CEO Moskito, member of the FJD
- Claudine Bettendroffer, Country Leader Silversquare, FJD member
- Laura Martin, teacher Lycée du Nord
- Jonas Bossau, Client Executive Citi
- Joy Sanchis, teacher at the Lycée Technique d’Ettelbruck
- Georges Krombach, Head of sales and marketing Heintz van Landewyck, President of the Fédération des jeunes dirigeants d’entreprise de Luxembourg (FJD)
- Philippe Weisen, Corporate Advisor, Banque Internationale à Luxembourg
- Diego de Biasio, Director Technoport
- Sandra Rodrigues, teacher at the Lycée Technique de Lallange
- Florent Schennetten, Teacher at Lycée Emile Metz
- Yannick Majerus, Communication & Marketing Advisor, Chamber of Commerce
- Liebelei Lawrence, Country Management Office, UBS
Citygum from the Lycée Aline Mayrisch was elected best Mini-Company of the year
The “Citygum” team, a mini-company that produced a chewing gum made in Luxembourg, won the 21st edition of the Mini-Enterprises programme and will represent Luxembourg at the “JA European Company of the Year Competition” during the GEN-E festival that will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, from 12 to 14 July 2022.
The mini-entrepreneurs will present their product which consists of a handmade chewing gum with natural and biodegradable ingredients, thus representing an alternative to commercial chewing gums containing plastic. The product is therefore 100% plastic-free. In addition, their product is available in two flavours, watermelon and mint-lemon, and is 100% vegan.
The Citygum team consists of 5 students, Julian Millim, Leo gehlen, Loïc Hoffarth, Mika Witry, Thibaut Mailliet.
Sandra Thibeau, teacher and Douglass Welch, Managing Director & Portfolio Conducting Officer at Pemberton Asset Management Group and coach, accompanied the team throughout the year.
The second prize was awarded to the “Jonkjob.lu” team from the Lycée Robert Schuman. The aim of this mini-company is to put young students in touch with private individuals who are looking for different services via their website www.jonkjob.lu. The different services include gardening, babysitting, carwash, pet sitting/walking, help with moving house, help with building furniture and tutoring. However, they also accept services that are not present on the website, if they are requested by the customers, while remaining legal and respectful of everyone. Jonkjob.lu will then endeavour to find a student with the required skills to carry out the work requested.
The Mini-Enterprise is composed of Pol Castellvi, Noah Demuth, Kilian Fernandes, Philippe Pividor, Hugo Moreau, Noah Thein, Liv Peckels, Samy Bakiri.
Professor Mireille Lux and entrepreneur Christian Gutenkauf accompanied the team during this adventure.
The third prize was awarded to the “Bellogg’s” team from the Lycée Michel Lucius. Bellogg’s is a mini-company that produces organic and local dog biscuits. They offer two different recipes, beef biscuits and vegetarian biscuits. Their homemade biscuits are the perfect biscuits for your dogs!
The team consists of Inês Carvalho, Aycia Do Rosario, Mandy Dumong, Lorie Gang, Whitney Halsdorf, Amina Kurtisi, Angie Mahjoubi, Mara Melmer Raquel Pereira de Almeida, Bruna Pinto Gomes, Micaela Sa Tomas, Beatriz Sa Gomes and Carolina Varanda. Fabienne Kieffer, teacher, and Felix Mores, technician at iPlan, coach, accompanied the team throughout the school year.
Our Alumni presented 3 Leaderships Awards
For this 21st edition, the Alumni Committee conducted interviews with all the Mini-company leaders and presented the Leadership Award to 3 students: Tim Asselborn (Alex and Tim’s Tea), Elena Manieri (Hopela) and Stefan Marques Da Silva (Socramé).
The Signature Awards
- The “Best Business Plan Award” was presented by ArcelorMittal to Must Snack of the Lycée Aline Mayrisch.
- The “Best Financial Management Award” ponsored by the Citi Foundation was presented to RefleXion of the Lycée Classique d’Echternach.
- The “Best Marketing Strategy and Campaign Award” was presented by Cactus to Chicone vum Tim & Philippe of the Lycée Technique Agricole.
- The “Best Presentation Award” was presented by the Fédération des Jeunes Dirigeants d’entreprise to Citygum from the Lycée Aline Mayrisch.
- The “Social Entrepreneurship Award” was presented by the Ministry of Labour to Chicone vum Tim & Philippe of the Lycée Technique Agricole.
- The “Innovation Award” was presented by Moskito to Jonkjob from the Lycée Robert Schuman.
- The “Best Product or Service Award“ was presented by IKO Real Estate to Foodsteps from the Lycée Classique de Diekirch.
- The “Coup de Cœur du jury” was presented by Kinepolis to Socramé from the Lycée Michel Lucius.
- The “Public Choice Award” was presented by Post to the JonkJob.lu team.
The Mini-Enterprises programme
The Mini-Enterprises programme of Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg promotes the entrepreneurial spirit of secondary school students in general and classical secondary education. For one year, the students are responsible for a mini-company in which they are required to take decisions and assume responsibility. The aim of the mini-companies is to stimulate the emergence of an entrepreneurial culture among young people by introducing them to the different aspects of the life of a company, from the founding general assembly to its dissolution.