Showcasing student companies

A very popular part of the Company Programme experience is taking part in the YE Company of the Year Competition.

Students showcase their student companies and it is a valuable learning experience, even for those who do not win and advance to further rounds of the competition. It allows a number of centres in the local area to showcase their learning and achievements in a competitive environment.

Take a look last years’ Company of the Year Competition to see why it’s such a great opportunity for students:

Each Local Volunteer Board holds a Showcase event, usually in March or April for the centres in their area who are participating in the Programme.

This Showcase involves four components:

  1. preparing a report
  2. sharing links to digital platforms & content
  3. an interview with the judges
  4. delivering a short presentation.

Up to two companies will be selected from each Showcase to progress on to the next round of the Company of the Year Competition, and moving through a series of competitions at county, regional, national and ultimately, European level.

As well as choosing an overall winning company, the judges present several other awards at each of these events, and details of these awards will be communicated as part of the individual event details. More details and the judging criteria can be found in the Competitions section of YE Online.

We strongly encourage all companies to attend a local event, as the benefits of doing this are clear. The necessary deadlines provide an impetus and focus for the student company which is also a realistic business scenario and provides excellent opportunities for students to develop and evidence their employability skills. In 2018 we have a number of exciting new competitions in development, so keep an eye out on YE Online for more information

Please note: the venue for the European Final rotates between the member countries of Junior Achievement/YE Europe, and will be published on YE Online as soon as possible.