The finals and the award ceremony of the “Company of the Year” competition 2016 that was organised for the third consecutive year by the non-profit organisation Junior Achievement Cyprus was held with the support of PwC Cyprus on Friday, 22 April 2016. “Ignium” from Kykkos B Lyceum, the student project which won the competition, will represent Cyprus in the European Competition of JA-YE in July 2016, in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The company programme aims to offer training opportunities on youth entrepreneurship, giving pupils aged 15 to 18 the chance to see in practice how a business idea is implemented and how a company operates and expands. The 1o student companies that took part in the final stage of the competition were selected from 34 entries representing a total of 250 pupil entrepreneurs throughout Cyprus.
At the award ceremony, PwC Cyprus CEO Evgenios C. Evgeniou presented the prize in the “best brand’’ category to the winning teams “SAPON” from Polemidia Lyceum and“The Tsai Project” from The English School.
Eight members of PwC voluntarily offered support and guidance to the teams that took part in the competition for the top student company of the year. It is worth noting that on 9 March, PwC organised a small trade exhibition at its offices during which some of the teams had the opportunity to present their companies and promote their products to more than 100 members of the organisation. The teams also had the opportunity to obtain valuable advice from their mentors in the organisation so as to prepare for the student trade fair that was held on 9 April at The Mall of Cyprus in Nicosia.
In addition during this year’s programme, all the mentors who took part in the competition participated in a special training programme that was organised by Junior Achievement at PwC’s new offices.
During last year’s competition, PwC hosted the then winning “company of the year’’, called Springers, at its headquarters. Participating pupils had the opportunity to present their products and share their experience with PwC personnel.
PwC has a long standing cooperation with Junior Achievement within the framework of its Corporate Responsibility Programme, supporting a series of the organisation’s educational programmes and initiatives which encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly among the young.
Speaking to the award ceremony, PwC Cyprus CEO Evgenios C. Evgeniou said : “The cultivation of youth entrepreneurship constitutes a basic tool in achieving sustainable growth. We are therefore particularly proud as an organisation to contribute with our knowhow to the efforts of Junior Achievement. We are doubly proud of the young people who have embraced such initiatives with enthusiasm, thereby highlighting and cultivating their business skills.”
Director - Marketing & Communications, PwC Cyprus