This is the Best Secondary School Entrepreneurial Idea in the Region
- Written by Maja Jovanov
SARAJEVO – An idea on the production of wine according to a recipe from the Austrian court from the beginning of the 20th century has won first place at a competition of secondary school students in entrepreneurial skills named Business Challenge of the Western Balkans, held in Sarajevo.
The winning team was made up of Monika from Varaždin, Croatia, Nasiha from Sarajevo, Ana from Andrijevica, Montenegro and Nemanja from Medvedja, Serbia, who competed against 80 peers from 45 secondary schools from Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The competition was realised by the organisation Achievements of the Youth in Serbia in co-operation with the Youth Information Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Socio Economic Centre and the Association Initiative, with the financial support of the Balkan Trust for Democracy.
On the first day of the competition, students divided into nationally mixed teams were tasked with creating a service or a product inspired by the hundredth anniversary of the Sarajevo assassination and using it as a business opportunity, the website Bizlife.rs has reported.
On the second day the groups presented their business plans to the jury, after which awards were handed out to the winners and a cocktail held.
The Competition Emphasises the Importance of Linking the Youth of the Western Balkans.
“It’s great that we won, but it is even more important for me that I now have friends across the Balkans! I shall never forget these three days in Sarajevo”, said Ana Mitrović, a student of the Secondary Mixed School from Andrijevica and a member of the winning team.
The aim of the competition is to provide schoolchildren with an insight into the modern way of doing business and to motivate them to think proactively and put their idea into practice. The competition also emphasises the importance of establishing links between young people living in the western Balkans and awakens a consciousness about the need for joint activities at regional level.
The competition is realised by the organisation Achievements of the Youth in Serbia, which has for eight years been conducting educational programmes in the area of entrepreneurship and financial literacy in schools throughout Serbia and is one of 123 national organisations within the global network of the Junior Achievement Worldwide, which has existed since 1919.
Source: House of Good News