Generation Z ready to seed positive changes in European communities

  • » A team of Romanian students participated at the European final of the competition Social Enterprise 360, competing with teams from Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Serbia and Spain.
  • » Social Enterprise 360 is an educational program developed by Junior Achievement, funded by the European Commission, through the Erasmus+ and declared as best practice model, which provided 450 teachers and 5,625 high school students involved at European level with practical entrepreneurship experience and the opportunity to develop complementary skills through projects of social entrepreneurship.

​The European final of the competition Social Enterprise 360 (SE360) was organized online on 9th of June and brought together student teams from 9 countries, who presented to the jury their innovative projects on issues of social entrepreneurship.

Romania was represented by a team of 10 students from National College of Informatics - Piatra Neamt, who proposed an educational interactive platform, through which students can participate in various lectures live, and then share their knowledge gained to other peers, assuming the role of a "teacher".

“SE360 helps students leverage their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to solve the world's most pressing problems, thanks to new business models empowering the most vulnerable groups and providing long-term sustainable societal impact. This programme is not about charity business but about creating real impact at local level while contributing to job creation”.  – declared Caroline Jenner, CEO Junior Achievement Europe

Students from Spain were declared winners within the European final for an innovative and valuable solution for the environment – a compostable pen, which transforms itself into fertilizer as it also includes a seed. Students will be invited to share their experience and to present their project at the closing event which will be organized for the SE360 program on 30th of June in Bucharest.
SE360 summit will bring together students, teachers, volunteers, social entrepreneurs, representatives of educational institutions and of national and European public institutions in order to share models of best practices, success stories and future stages of the project.

Simone Baladassari, jury member expressed his enthusiasm about the competition: “What impresses me is that those young people reflected the best image of entrepreneurship: creative ideas developed with passion while aiming to address societal needs. At the European Commission, our goal is precisely to allow all young people to have a chance to develop entrepreneurial skills by having at least one practical entrepreneurial experience while at school”.