Official Opening

JA Europe Company of the Year Competition &

European Entrepreneurship Education Summit


Student companies’ trade fair & pitch presentation

Interactions with students involved in the JA Company Programme




Opening Session:
Accelerating uptake of Entrepreneurship Education in Europe

Join an interactive discussion with students, teachers, Ministers and business leaders. How can we accelerate the uptake of Entrepreneurship Education in Europe?

Moderator: Caroline Jenner, CEO JA Europe

Welcome remarks from Xavier Bertrand, President of the regional council of Hauts-de-France

Panel 1:

  • Gabriel Attal, State Secretary for Education, France
  • Evarist Bartolo, Minister of Education, Malta
  • Tanya Mihailova, Deputy Minister for Education, Bulgaria
  • Ecaterina Andronescu, Minister of National Education, Romania (invited)

Panel 2:

  • Marco Settembri, Executive Vice President, Head of Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Nestlé
  • Julie Teigland, Managing Partner Germany, Switzerland and Austria, EY
  • Arnaldo Abruzzini, CEO EUROCHAMBRES and member of the EE-HUB Advisory Council

Panel 3:

  • Teachers and head teachers                              






Launching the Entrepreneurship Education Monitor: understanding the impact of EE on youth and the economy

Moderator: Caroline Jenner, CEO JA Europe

Presentation of the EE Monitor


Panel Discussion

  • Slavica Singer, Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship at the J.J. Strossmayer University, Croatia ; EE seen from the perspective of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
  • Martina Dlabajová, Member of the European Parliament; EE and the state of European youth and the economy
  • Jonas Prising, CEO ManpowerGroup ; skills for the world of work
  • Helena Jansson, Senior Vice President, Finance – International, FedEx Express and member of the EE-HUB Advisory Council ; the importance of business-education partnership in the global economy
  • Marianne Mwaniki, Senior Vice President, Head of Social Impact, Visa; generating social impact through innovative partnerships
  • Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, France (invited)



Business-education cooperation to reduce the skills mismatch

The business sector can provide competences in Entrepreneurship Education that the teachers do not have.

  • How can the involvement of the business sector be optimised from the skills acquisition perspective?
  • Can the cooperation be institutionalized in order to make it more effective?
  • What can be done to make VET more attractive?

Session led by Alliance4YOUth and the European Commission DG Employment

Panel discussion

  • Joost Korte, Director-General DG Employment, European Commission
  • French Minister of Employment (invited)
  • Inge Gorostiaga Luzarraga, Basque Country VET provider
  • James Calleja, EfVET (invited)


The making of entrepreneurial schools

Moderator: Caroline Jenner, CEO JA Europe

Panel discussion

  • Minna Hämäläinen, University of Lappeenranta: presentation of recent research on the role of head teachers in EE
  • Frédérique Vidal, French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation (invited); higher education and EE
  • Themis Christophidou, Director-General of Education and Culture, European Commission; why the EU sees entrepreneurial schools as a priority and how to foster them at EU level
  • Pablo Vidarte, Chief Executive Officer, Arkyne Technologies & JA Alumni; from EE to entrepreneur

Discussion: in conversation with educators from the field

Institutional Partner


Private Partners

Alliance for Youth



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