On February 22, VRGD students participated in the annual Junior Achievement Sweden* conference for high school students at Älvsjö Conference Center.
Each UF Company decorated their own booth, pitched their ideas and sold their products. Everything from ripping jeans to first aid kits to laundry bags to sunglasses and much, much more.
During the UF conference, several awards are given to UF companies.
Today, we are excited that The RIP Kit UF won 2nd prize in the Best Business Plan competition.
And, Reflow UF won Best Digital Innovation.
Six UF companies were selected as finalists for 2016 UF Best Company – Stockholm North. Four of these were from VRG Djursholm – OwlUF, TheRipKitUF, RevolutioUF, and MercyUF. The winner will be announced on Wednesday evening.
These company exhibitions demonstrated all of the values we promote in our Economy program – dynamic, creative, passionate, team spirit, authentic, challenge, and successful.
Thanks to Alexandra and Henrik, as well as our other VRG teachers, who support and coach these students throughout this entire project.
* Junior Achievement Sweden (Ung Företagsamhet) is a non-profit organization working to promote entrepreneurship among Swedish students and to facilitate relationships between industry and the Swedish school system.
Junior Achievement Sweden promotes programs designed to stimulate creativity and entrepreneurship, gives students insight into business conditions and driving forces and to raise awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship. The cornerstone of Junior Achievement Sweden philosophy is that entrepreneurship can be taught.
Junior Achievement Sweden’s most recognized educational program is called the Company Program (UF-företagande). The Company Program provides high school students the opportunity to start and run a business during an academic year. Students experience firsthand an entire life cycle of a business from recognizing an unfulfilled market need, writing a business plan, setting up their company, raising capital to produce/develop the product, marketing and sales of the product and finally liquidating operations and paying out any dividends. Through trade shows and competitions, students focus on product innovation, entrepreneurship and commercial competencies.
UF Company Program 2015/2016 (2014/2015 numbers in parenthesis)
Number of Junior Achievement regional offices: 24 (24)
Number of student companies: 8 243 (7 596)
Number of student participants: 26 430 (24 415)
Number of active Company Program teachers: 1 648 (1 517)
Number of mentors: 7 420 (6 825)
Number of schools offering Company Program: 607 (573)
Number of total participants since 1980: circa 330 000