A group of Nicosia high school students will represent Cyprus in a European competition in Estonia after they were awarded company of the year in a national competition by Junior Achievement.
The students were awarded in the context of Junior Achievement Cyprus (JA Cyprus) Company Programme 2022 which took place for the ninth consecutive year.
This year the title of ” JA Company of the Year” went to Nutrica+, a student company from Ayios Georgios Lakatamias Lyceum. The company, with the help of their teacher Anna Maria Pavlou and their mentor Kyriakos Siakallis from the office of the environment commissioner, produced two innovative products: food supplement for pets and plant compost, using egg shells that contain a high amount of calcium.
After winning the title, Nutrica+ will represent Cyprus in the European JA Competition that will be held in July in Estonia.
The second place was taken by the student company JAMICS, from the International School of Paphos. The team has created an app, a smart box of pills designed to tackle the problem of forgetting to take your medication at the right time with the right dose. The team was supported by their professor Antonis Yiannouros and their mentor Kiki Kalli from the Cardet Organisation.
Sneaklean, a student company from the Olympion High School, took the third place by creating an environmentally friendly shoe cleaning kit. The aim is to facilitate the process of cleaning shoes, saving a lot of time, energy and money. The team was supported by their teacher Maria Eftychiou and their mentor Kristia Ioannou from MetLife.
The competition was the culmination of the efforts of 400 students, aged 15-18, who created 50 different student companies during the school year.
The ten finalists presented their innovative business ideas in public in front of a specialised jury committee on May 6.
JA Cyprus (www.jacyprus.org) is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, a global non-profit organization specialised in youth entrepreneurship education that aims at equipping young people with entrepreneurial, financial literacy and employability skills.