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Youth Entrepreneurship Award

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Supported by AmCham EU's  Executive Council  and organised in collaboration with JA Europe    |   More info: Charlotte Matthysen cma@amchameu.eu

 

The winner of the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2017 (Oculus) was revealed at AmCham EU's Gala 2017. This award showcases young people who have chosen to become entrepreneurs, and aims to foster entrepreneurship in Europe. The award was given for a fifth consecutive year in 2017! 

The AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award is supported by AmCham EU's Executive Council and organised in collaboration with JA Europe. The winner receives mentorship from top European CEOs.

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Finalists 

 

Oculus

 Winner 2017 

 

Tudor Popa (Romania)

Oculus developed Mitra glasses, a device that provide essential aid and safety to visually impaired people during movement, using incorporated sensors and efficient algorithms. Cost effective, remotely upgradable and user-friendly.

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Youth Entrepreneurship Award

Couch

João Vilas Boas (Portugal)

Couch is a web platform that connects psychologists with the people who need their help, so that they can have online video consultations. It saves people's time and money, it's comfortable and it helps to deal with the stigma.

SALUV Phone

Bastian Zarske Bueno (Switzerland)

SALUV Phone is the first European company which provides an effective and gentle solution to free smartphones from harmful germs and even antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  SALUV Phone has developed a UVC light sanitiser that destroys bacteria on a cellular level, rendering them unable to reproduce and cause any harm.

Key Butler

Oscar Hellenes (Norway)

Key Butler makes property sharing hassle and risk free. Homeowners can travel and make money and guests can live like the locals with hotel service. Key Butler handles the Airbnb style rental process from A to Z.

Socialsharks

Petr Andrýsek (Czech Republic)

We help companies to use the potential of social media.  We craft content, distribute and advocate all over social media. The best social media people, content disruptors, technology and influencers are at Socialsharks to drive a change - how companies communicate with their stakeholders now and in the future.

 

Jury

 

Photo: Joonas Ahola and Saku Loukonen, co-founders of MeetingPackage.com, are presented with the 2016 edition of the Youth Entrepreneurship Award on 9 November 2016; Aongus Hegarty, President EMEA, Dell EMC, and Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU


Mr. Hegarty also volunteered to mentor the winners, in addition to Pierre Dejoux, President, Business Strategy and Service Otis, UTC; Christian Morales, Vice President, General Manager EMEA, INTEL; and Dirk Ostijn, CEO, MetLife Europe

 

 

The 2016 edition of the Youth Entrepreneurship Award was won by MeetingPackage.com (Joonas Ahola, Finland), an online platform dedicated to the booking of meeting rooms which allows users to easily compare various meeting venues and prices. Jurors praised its potential to scale, its sustainability and the team’s marketing plan.

Other finalists:

  • BeMyEyes (Christian Erfurt, Denmark)
  • Deemly (Sara Green, Denmark)
  • Efiasto (Bernard Seys and Lou-Adrien Fabre, Belgium)
  • Rauteck (Bendix Siebbel, Germany)

Jurors:

  • Alex Barker, Chief of Brussels Bureau, Financial Times
  • Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU
  • Anthony L. Gardner, United States Ambassador to the European Union, U.S. Mission to the EU
  • Stefaan Hermans, Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, European Commission
  • Eva Paunova, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Bulgaria), European Parliament
  • Patrick Xhonneux, Vice-President, EMEA Marketing, SAS

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Photo: Daniel Buhl Nielsen and Hans Nicolai Schjerning Lundsgaard of COOL4SEA receive the Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2015 on 17 November 2015


The award was presented by Christian Morales, Corporate Vice President and General Manager EMEA, Intel, and Lowri Evans, Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

 

The 2015 edition of the Youth Entrepreneurship Award was won by COOL4SEA (Christian Jensen, Denmark), an engineering firm working to develop thermodynamic, energy and environmental technologies for the international maritime industry. The jury commented on its commercial potential and praised its environmental considerations.

Other finalists:

  • Avenue Trading ApS (Yngvi Karlson Vatnhamar, Denmark)
  • Crowtec (Meriem El Yamri, Spain)
  • InstaJuice (Tomás da Câmara Pestana, Portugal)
  • Travelpoint (Jappe Pollentier, Belgium)

Jurors:

  • John Breidenstine, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs and Senior Commercial Officer for Europe, U.S. Mission to the EU
  • Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Susan Danger, Managing Director, AmCham EU
  • Ryan Heath, Senior EU Correspondent, POLITICO Europe
  • Julián J. Nebreda, President, AES Europe

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Photo: David Mata Valdes, Founder of PYNK SYSTEMS is presented with the 2014 edition of the Youth Entrepreneurship Award on 12 December 2014, Eva Paunova MEP (EPP, Bulgaria) and Patrick Deconinck, Senior Vice President, West Europe, 3M

 

PYNK SYSTEMS  (David Mata Valdes, Spain), a start-up constructing ergonomic and smart office desks in the hope of boosting work productivity, was awarded the 2014 edition of the Youth Entrepreneurship Award. Jurors felt the focus on combining modern technology to aid manufacturing and engineering was highly innovative, as well as citing a well-coordinated business model in their decision.

Other finalists:

  • Aciety (Aismantas Bulanavicius, Lithuania)
  • DREEMO (Pedro Serrano, Portugal)
  • Kokouspaketit (Joonas Ahola, Finland)
  • tinytien (Francisco Ruiz, Spain)

Jurors:

  • Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General, DG Enterprise and Industry
  • Susan Danger, Managing Director, AmCham EU
  • Christian Morales, Corporate Vice President and General Manager EMEA, Intel
  • Eva Paunova, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Bulgaria), European Parliament
  • Eric Peeters, Vice President, Emulsions, Powders and Blends, Dow Corning
  • John F. Sammis, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Mission to the EU
  • Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times

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Photo: Sébastien Deletaille and Loïc Jacobs van Merlen, co-founders of Real Impact Analytics, celebrate winning the first edition of the Youth Entrepreneurship Award at AmCham EU’s 50th Anniversary Gala on 11 July 2013.


The award was presented by Siim Kallas, Commissioner for Transport and Susan Danger, Managing Director, AmCham EU

 

The first edition of the Youth Entrepreneurship Award was awarded to Real Impact Analytics (Sébastien Deletaille and Loïc Jacobs van Merlen, Belgium). The jury recognised their ‘unique and innovative’ business model, ‘proving they can operate in a very competitive market.’

Jurors:

  • Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General, DG Enterprise and Industry
  • Susan Danger, Managing Director, AmCham EU
  • William Kennard, United States Ambassador to the European Union, U.S. Mission to the EU
  • Paul Rübig, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Austria), European Parliament
  • Peter Ryan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Managing Director EMEA, HP Enterprise
  • Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times

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