Age range:15 - 19 years
The Mini-Companies project stimulates the entrepreneurial spirit of high school students at the general and classical secondary education levels.
For one year, students are responsible for a mini-company in which they are required to make decisions and take responsibility for them. Since the teacher acts more as a “coach”, the mini-company project leads to a break with the traditional image of the academic courses: usually a passive receiver, the student becomes here an active member of his/her own project.
In order to guarantee a professional progress of each mini-company project, external assistance to the school is required. Thus, a pool of entrepreneurs-advisers or coaches is formed. These professionals have the mission to help the students in developing their mini-company by intervening deliberately as specialists in their respective fields. These external advisors visit the mini-companies on several occasions in order to coach the students before and on important dates (e. g. product selection, constituent general meeting, etc.).
Mini-entrepreneurs benefit from entrepreneurship training during which students discover the essential elements of a company (marketing, sales techniques, financial literacy, etc.).
The Mini-Company Forum is the annual national competition during which the best projects of the year are recognized.
Period: throughout the school year
This programme runs in parallel with the You(th)Start Challenges, and gives students the opportunity to take an exam to test their knowledge: the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass».
The mini-company programme also provides an excellent foundation for the Young Enterprise Project programme.
The creation of a mini-company is not mandatory. Also, the way a mini-company operates depends on the training path and the level of education of the mini-entrepreneurs.
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Best moments of the 2019 Mini-Company Forum:
For an overview of the 2018 Belle Etoile Joint Sale, watch the video below!