It has been 30 years since Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Malta Foundation initiated the will to inspire young minds. It didn’t take much longer for the founders to start off the legendary Company Programme just a year later in 1989.
Three decades later and the Company Programme Finals and Awards Night, as majestic as ever was once again held on the 27th of May 2018. This was the the night when JAYE celebrated remarkable minds and forged connections. 16 teams of anxious youths awaited their spotlight moment in the Grandmaster Suite of the Hilton Malta. We were thrilled to see that we were joined by many current and past friends of JAYE including, families, friends, mentors, link teachers and sponsors. One of whom was local artist and JAYE Alumni, Christabelle, who shared a few words of motivation for the participants.
The evening was a lengthy one. It took off with the semi-finals where all the 16 Company Programme teams had to convince the panel of judges of their company’s success, achievements and personal entrepreneurial development. This was pivotal moment for them. After the 9 long months, of learning, discussing, creating and developing their companies it boiled down to those 4 minutes.
Everyone is a winner!
Once the finalists pitched their successes once more, the most anticipated moment of the evening ceremony had arrived. The Award Ceremony; 9 Awards, 2 Runners up and the Company of the Year 2018 Title. The ceremony started off with the first two awards presented by Deloitte. The Best Business Plan awarded to Brelki, from Verdala International School, and The Best Financial Statements to Evolveco, from St Aloysius College Malta. Deloitte also presented 2 students with the opportunity of an interning with them. The Best Use of Communication Platforms, presented by the Malta Communication Authority, was also awarded to Evolveco. Next up were The Best Human Resources Award and Best Implementation of Marketing & Sales Award both awarded to OPUS from De La Salle College, presented by Farsons and the JAYE Alumni Malta respectively. Following was ACE, from St Aloysius College presented with The Best Social Enterprise Award by Microsoft Malta. The EFQ Quality Excellence Award, presented by none less than EFQ Management Consultancy to FAZE from G.F Abela Junior College. The Philip Bonnet Award for Perseverance was awarded to McAlistair Azzopardi and Paul Sullivan from G.F. Abela Junior College and St Martin’s College, respectively. The John Harper Award for 2018 was awarded to HSBC Malta Foundation They have been a great support for the successes of JAYE Malta Foundation! Nonetheless reflected by the 11 internship opportunities they have given for Company Programme participants.
The Company of The Year 2018 goes to…
The most climactic moment had arrived. The announcement of the 2 Runners up and the title of the Company of the Year 2018! 2nd Runner Up was Samsara from Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary. 1st Runner Up was Faze. Last but not least the Company of the Year 2018 title, presented by HSBC was awarded to Evolveco, from St Aloysius College. Evolveco’s mission is to replace plastic cup consumption with biodegradable ones. However Evolveco’s journey has not ended yet. They will now be representing Malta at the 29th JA Europe Company of the Year Competition to be held in Belgrade between the 19th and 22nd of July 2018.
We would like to congratulate all the participating students as the JAYE Malta Company programme is not an easy feat.
Not a success without…
During this night, ideas flowed and connections forged. These are the moments where futures build roots. An evening not possible without the constant support of the panel of judges, mentors, link teachers and all volunteers who never fail to ensure that the programme is a success. Additionally all our corporate sponsors including HSBC Malta Foundation, Microsoft Malta, Atlas Insurance, who presented the team with Insurance Coverage for their trip, and ISL who have been nothing but great. Last but not least we would like to extend our thanks to the Programme Sponsors including EFQ Management Consultance, MCA, Farsons, Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise and Industry, ZAAR and Deloitte Malta.