29.07.2021

TESTIMONY OF EDU-REPRINT, WINNERS OF THE YOUNG ENTERPRISE PROJECT 2021

EDU-Reprint won the 10th edition of the Young Enterprise Project. The project of the 4 students from the Lycée Arts & Métiers impressed the jury during the final on 4 May 2021. In the end, the team stood out among 22 participating teams. We asked them a few questions to find out more about their adventure.

 

You won the 10th edition of the Young Enterprise Project. In the beginning of your project, did you expect it to develop into a real entrepreneurial adventure?

When we submitted our project for the 10th edition of the Young Enterprise Project, we did not expect that the concept of EDU RE-PRINT would eventually catch the attention, not only of the people around us and our coaches, but also of governmental authorities and the Grand Duchess Charlotte National Relief Society. The project raises awareness of the circular economy among young people? How did you come up with this idea? Plastic waste is a problem and we believe that the best way to get rid of this pollution is to stop “consuming” plastic.

At the same time, the paradox is that consumption of plastic beverage bottles seems to be increasing exponentially. It should be noted that, despite the fact that the vast majority of consumers already practice selective sorting for their PET plastic bottles, according to figures published by VALORLUX in its 2019 annual report, the distribution of recycled fractions for PET plastic amounts to only 6%.

Therefore, we have developed the concept of EDU RE-PRINT taking the problem of PET bottle recycling as a starting point. On a small scale, we aim to focus our communication and actions on the options of using new technologies, such as the transformation of PET bottles into filaments for 3D printers and their reuse in the participating schools. Our aim is to raise awareness of the circular economy among young people in a concrete way through a participatory and interactive recycling process.

 

What are your plans for the future? Would continuing on the entrepreneurial path, with this project, be an option for you?

As the whole team is in its last year of BTS, we will now focus on our graduation work, while also working on our project in preparation for the European Enterprise Challenge in July. Regardless of the outcome, we have already decided to continue the EDU RE-PRINT adventure.

What was the most important thing for you during this year?

The most memorable achievement for us was, without a doubt, having the opportunity to develop a common idea, to transform it into a structured project, and then to present it “in person” in front of a jury of experts and receiving so many positive feedback.

You are going to participate in the EEC, European Enterprise Challenge which is a European final organized by Junior Achievement. What are your goals? What do you expect?

For the European Enterprise Challenge final, EDU RE-PRINT aims to build on the momentum of our YEP victory. The chance to participate in the European final and represent Luxembourg gives us a unique opportunity to evaluate the strength of our societal and educational project in an international entrepreneurial competition. More concretely, in addition to continuing to develop our experience in the field of entrepreneurship, one of our expectations is to establish new contacts to develop our partnerships.

 

Would you recommend this programme to other young people and why?

Of course we would recommend participating in YEP. A lot of young people have great ideas, but unfortunately they often remain unfulfilled. The YEP programme provides the framework and opportunity, along with dedicated coaching, to turn an idea into a start-up project, designed along entrepreneurial principles.

 

Discover the promotional video of Edu Re-print: