Four students win European e-business award

Our entrepreneurial students Soraya Zieren, Florentina Ceapa, Andrei Toth and Nicki Grønkjær Jensen from Kale Nyabo have won the coveted e-business award during the European Championships in entrepreneurship in Riga.

At the end of June, the European Championship in Entrepreneurship – European Enterprise Challenge 2018 was held in Riga. Kale Nyabo, consisting of four students from Business Academy Aarhus, won the coveted e-business award.

They went all the way from Aarhus to Latvia's capital Riga to take part in the European Championships in Entrepreneurship – the JA Enterprise Challenge. There were students from 15 other European countries as well and although Kale Nyabo did not achieve overall first place, the Danish team won the important e-business award; a Visa Digital Commerce Everywhere Award.

The prize included € 1,000 and a trip to London, where the team will get a full day’s mentoring and an investor meeting with Visa.

Helps single mothers and children in Uganda to a better life

The Danish team’s idea was a company (Kale Nyabo) that helps single mothers and children in Uganda’s capital Kampala.

By selling handcrafted accessories online, which the mothers have made, Kale Nyabo helps ensure the single mothers a steady income and pays for a number of orphaned children’s schooling and medical care.

The idea impressed the panel of judges so much that they awarded Kale Nyabo the coveted e-business award.

‘The competition was really tough - we were competing against the best national winners from all over Europe. So we are very proud and excited about the future. We are also extremely pleased that Visa recognised the commercial potential of our startup. It’s a huge pat on the back and we look forward to a partnership with Visa in London,’ says Nicki Grønkjær Jensen, co-founder of Kale Nyabo.

Also Danish champions 

It is the first time that Denmark has sent an international team and a social-economic company to the European Championship.

In May, Kale Nyabo won the Danish Championship in Entrepreneurship and 50,000 DKK at a ceremony held at the Danish Chamber of Commerce in Copenhagen.

Besides Nicki, Kale Nyabo consists of Florentina Ceapa, Andrei Toth and Soraya Zieren with backgrounds in The Netherlands, Denmark and Romania.

The whole team is doing their second semester at Business Academy Aarhus’ Bachelor degree programme in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Background for the championships

The European Enterprise Challenge is organised by JA Europe and is a competition for students from universities and short and medium-term higher education programmes from all over Europe. They all took part in the entrepreneurial Start Up Programme, which aims to motivate students to work in an entrepreneurial manner, develop their personal skills and create an understanding for the commercial exploitation of creative ideas. Over 14,000 students participated in the course during the year, and 16 teams qualified for the European Championship.

The Foundation for Entrepreneurship is a Danish member of JA Europe and is responsible for the Start Up Programme and the Danish Championships.