Next June, entrepreneurs from all over the continent are coming to Helsinki to compete for the title of best start up company.
Enterprise Challenge 2017 is a two day event in Helsinki 28th-29th June 2017 organized by the non-profit organizations Junior Achievement Finland and its umbrella organization Junior Achievement Europe. The participants are college students from all over Europe who have during the school year brainstormed, founded and managed their own student companies as a part of their studies. The participants come from 18 different countries.
JA Start Up is a learning program for entrepreneurship and business and innovation skills developed by JA Europe. In Finland, the program is coordinated by Junior Achievement Finland (JA Finland). In the program, the students form a student company based on their business idea. The company acts as a platform for the students to test their ideas with real customers paying with real money while learning by doing.
The best companies from each country are chosen by the national finals in each country. The best companies in Europe are selected by a jury of experienced business professionals who will follow the competing companies up close in Helsinki for two days in for example a trade fair in downtown Helsinki.
The representatives from Finland will be chosen in the Uskalla Yrittää final competition in Helsinki on 20th April 2017.
The JA Start Up program is used by 20 different higher education institutions in Finland.