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This year, 78 mini-companies, i.e. nearly 500 students from 24 high schools, took part in the “Vente en Commun”. On Friday, from 2.00pm onwards, the students started decorating their stands. This first day gave our budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to test their sales techniques and gain experience in dealing with customers.

The sales continued on Saturday and this time the students were ready to convince the customers already from 9.00 am onwards. The event lasted until 7.00 p.m. and it goes without saying that the students were very satisfied with the sales figures: “We sold very well today, we didn’t expect it. Now we are still taking pre-orders. We are very satisfied with this weekend”, said the Mini-Company MultiCulti Bougie.

Winner of the Public Choice Award were the mini-company VisionWood!

During the two days of the “Vente en Commun”, visiting customers also had the opportunity to nominate their favourite mini-company by voting via an online form. In the end, the “VisionWood” team, a mini-company from the Lycée Michel Lucius that produces customisable charging stations and wooden pen boxes, won the public prize. This entitles the students to a prize sponsored by La Belle-Etoile. A winner was also drawn from the public who voted. This winner will receive a product from the mini-company in question and an invitation to the Mini-Company Final.

The VisionWood team explains: “We designed a charging station to be a beautiful interior decoration, but also a practical tool. We also designed a wooden pen box to make it easier to transport the very fragile technology pens. The vision of the eight students is to create “a world where we are all creators, united to make our daily lives easier” and to have a positive impact on the planet.

The JEL Alumni board also selected their favourite stand

The members of the JEL Alumni Committee (former participants of the Jonk Entrepreneuren programmes) also visited the stands and chose their favourite stand. Aid’UP from the Lycée Technique Agricole won the prize for the best stand. The team of 5 students produces survival kits for emergency situations. The contents of the survival kit are packaged in an air-, pressure- and water-proof box that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. However, with Aid’UP, it was not only the product itself that appealed to the committee members, but also the way the students communicated and the impressive decoration of the stand.