13 Junior Achievement Young Enterprise companies at National Trade Fair on Saturday
For the third consecutive year The Point shopping mall in Sliema hosted the annual Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise Malta (JA-YE Malta) HSBC Company Programme National Trade Fair on Saturday, 28 March, 2015.
Thirteen JA-YE (Malta) companies formed by students attending eight different upper secondary institutions in Malta displayed their products at the fair, which was open to the public from 10a.m. to 5p.m.
Four teams displayed ‘physical’ products which included a student magazine, a recyclable lunch box, adhesive doodle boards, and large coffee cups.
Two teams have both a product and an app, which complement each other; a water bottle with a compartment for fruit together with an app that tracks individual water consumption. The second is an app providing Maltese natural remedies to daily ailments, accompanied by a starter pack of these natural medicines for common illnesses.
Five other teams have focused on developing apps offering information on retail outlets in Sliema, personal budget management assistance, taxi price comparisons, restaurant vouchers through social media and, an educational app focussed on the environment.
The remaining two teams have come up with, respectively, a plastic shredding machine and a game that asks questions about the environment in order to advance.
The Fair was well attended with many patrons commenting positively on the students’ energy, passion and product ingenuity. The students also had the opportunity to discuss their product and participation in the JA-YE Company Programme with the Minister for Education and Employment, Mr Evarist Bartolo, who took the time to visit each stand paying attention to everything that the participants had to say. Minister Bartolo commented that the JA-YE experience is an important element of a student’s education path as it offers hands-on experience of what it means to run a business and engage with potential clients.
The HSBC Company Programme has been offered to Sixth-Form students in Malta and Gozo for the past 26 years, offering participants invaluable experiential insights to how a company is set-up and managed. Professional advice is also provided throughout the programme by mentors with a varied range of entrepreneurial expertise.
Kim Pisani and Liam Caruana Montaldo, two participating students had the following to say about the programme “It was an amazing experience that encouraged our team to keep going and not give up”, “Interesting to get feedback from potential customers and a great way to get exposure to the people”.
JA-YE Malta Foundation CEO Julian Azzopardi added “Seeing the students’ energy and creative aptitude to develop products and services that address locally relevant needs at such a young age vindicates the work JA-YE Malta Foundation does; It denotes the purpose and need for our programmes, motivating us further to continue offering these opportunities that help develop our youth’s entrepreneurial potential to become tomorrow’s business champions”.
JA-YE Malta Foundation, formerly known as Young Enterprise, was founded in 1988. HSBC Malta Foundation has been the main sponsor of the organisation for a number of years, giving youths the opportunity to understand what running a business is all about. The schools being represented this year are: De La Salle College, Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Junior College, MCAST IBAC, St Aloysius College, St Edward’s College, St Martin’s College and Verdala International School.