This year’s 7th Edition of the Social Innovation Challenge took place on the 12th June. More than 40 students from St. Martin’s, St. Edwards, St. Michael’s, De La Salle, Immculation Conception as well as St. Dorothy’s participated. Once again, the programme was in collaboration with Microsoft Malta and supported by HSBC Malta.
Each year, we target different topics in order to convey entrepreneurial concepts to impact, inspire and open young minds. As we are part of the international organisation Junior Achievement Worldwide, we naturally decided to align this year’s challenge to its new common thread. Indeed, we are very concerned with the upturn of the world’s future. Therefore, we oriented this edition towards the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Malta is a good example of strong growth and development in terms of demography, real estate, tourism, infrastructure … As a matter of fact, the Maltese population is facing acute challenges in managing this rapid urbanization.
Thus, we assigned the students to task of designing a business solution that tackles the 11th Sustainable Development Goal in Malta with the use of modern technology.
In order to help and guide them, informative presentations on relevant topics regarding sustainable buildings, artificial intelligence and green rooves were made respectively by Ms. Mireille from QP, Ms. Claudia from IT University and Mr. Antoine from LifeMedGreenRoof.
After working with their mentors from Microsoft, GiG and EY Malta students identified issues faced by Maltese society such as transport, traffic, polluted air and water. The day ended with presentations of the teams regarding their business solutions to a panel of judges including Ms. Chantelle from HSBC Malta, Ms. Abigail from QP Malta and Mr. Johann from Malta Innovation Summit.
Ms. Fiona Captur, JAYE Malta CEO commented:
“It is clear that the students took all they were told on board, got to the core of the issues and came up with some detailed and innovative solutions in a short space of time. Presentations were delivered with much conviction and passion. It was a delight to see!”
The competition is at its peak and the JAYE Finals are already in less than two weeks time… The teams who pass for the Finals will be in the running for the ‘Company of the Year’ Title, however all the teams are still eligible to take home a signature award! The 17 competing teams will give a 4 minute presentation about the company’s journey at the Semi-Finals… they will be presenting and showcasing their company’s overall performance, challenges and results, in other words, they will be describing all steps undertaken during their company’s journey.
Semi-Finals are taking place this Saturday 27th of April ‘2019 at the premises of Business Labs. Although, the Semi-Finals are not public, you can still support them and wish them good luck!
If you want to know what kind of businesses our students elaborated, take a look at the list below.
AIDA developed a card game named “Pack of Lies” dedicated to friends and family. The point is to test your knowledge in historical facts and other topics…
Awguri‘s aim is to spread love and hope by making wooden, handmade, hanging signs. Besides, they design unique and personalized products with heart-warming quotes.
Bin it is an application that helps Maltese population to sort, recycle and put out the garbage.
Blaze set up a website sharing all the upcoming sports events, walking and running paths.
Ecovibe created biodegradable illustrated cards to learn basic vocabulary and traditional vocabulary. Furthermore, it is available in several languages and packaged in recycled material.
Enlight is dedicated to improving the educational system for Malta’s youngest students. Thus, they developed a revision application, ‘reMinder’.
Elite‘s aim is to help individuals achieve a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, they promote a ‘Well-being Box’ that supports the mind, body and soul.
Exhale wants to make Malta’s roads safer by raising awareness and reducing the serious issue of drink driving on the Island.
Hex Ink produces wooden cover which includes a marker with a duster/eraser. Also, four marker ink colors are available for now; black, blue, red and green.
Namu is devoted to creating a significantly greener environment by making up-cycled products. Moreover, each product sold results in one tree planted by the enterprise.
P3ntalogy improves everyday life through fun and witty mugs to start off your day with.
O’5 Creative provides graphic design solutions for organisations and individuals.
Quick Rentals Malta developed an application to help foreigners and locals finding affordable housing.
Rel8 created an application helping bring people together, using common interests and promoting events.
Tpejjipx merchandises products that advocate the reduction of tobacco consumption.
Vortex’s main line of business is education for students. They provide a sharing notes platform fed by the students themselves.
YGM developed an online marketplace selling environmentally friendly products.
It’s that time of the year again! This Saturday 23rd March, our famous #NYF19 (National Youth Fair)is taking place once more! Indeed, we will be taking over the 3 floors at The Point Shopping Mall for the whole day. #NYF19 is a great occasion for our students to sell and showcase their creativity, ideas and innovations.
As a matter of fact, this year we have over 120 young entrepreneurs! 18 Companies set up from 5 different 6th Form colleges, and 7 StartUps from 2 Universities! Ideas and product ranging from Eco-Friendly solutions, pet-loving products, educational platforms and even social campaign based products! Nevertheless, the day is not just about showcasing and selling – the two respective Judging Panels will be on the lookout for the most innovative and eye-catching solutions! In fact, the competitive journey is just beginning. It all leads to the final top Companies and StartUps to present at the classic JAYE Finals and Awards Night on May 4th.
Therefore, make sure to come by if you want to meet these budding entrepreneurs, support them by purchasing a product, participating in their research, get to know them… You will even have the opportunity to win a voucher for outlets at The Point!
Moreover, the Minister of Education, Dr. Evarist Bartolo will also be visiting us to find out about the journey of these young entrepreneurs.
Besides, the JAYE Programmes would not be possible without the volunteering Mentors and all our corporate and programme sponsors! #NYF19 is also supported by SignIt, Cinnabon, MVintage and Organix Beauty.
We’re looking forward to see what all these talented young entrepreneurs are bringing to The Point this Saturday!