AD Pineapple and Season One represented Finland in Europe

The European JA-YE finals were held in July in Romania and Macedonia – but who won?

large_makedoniaAlthough neither of the Finnish teams was awarded this year, the trip still wasn’t in vain. Our contestants gained plenty of new ideas, friends, contacts and wonderful experiences.

“We can say we’re proud of our distinguished youths with such skills in languages. They certainly didn’t lack attitude!” said JA-YE Finland’s happy executive director Virpi Utriainen who accompanied the teams to Romania.

Sign language app for smartphones took first prize in Romania

Finland was represented in the European JA-YE Company Programme finals in Bucharest, Romania by the AD Pineapple team from Kainuu vocational college. See how the students themselves experienced the exciting trip to the competition and back on AD Pineapple’s Facebook page. Remember, if you like their FB page, you’ll be the first to receive new on their future activities as the energetic AD Pineapple team has decided to keep working on their company even after the JA-YE year.

In Bucharest the first prize was awarded to Sing4Life, an Irish student company. Their Sign Language App teaches sign language to smartphone users.

British sports innovators won by a landslide in Macedonia

Season One from Turku, who had earlier presented their products all the way in New York, participated in the JA-YE Start Up Programme finals in Skopje, Macedonia. The Season One team has also decided to keep working on their company and they will launch their first product catalogue this fall. More information is available on their website.

British student company Escalate rose to victory in Macedonia with their innovative golf towel. Covered on one side with water resistant material, the towel stays dry even in rainy conditions, thus ensuring a firm grip on the gold club.

More on the finals at the JA-YE Europe website.

Competition updates on JA-YE Finland’s Facebook page.