The results are in! Intel and Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE) have announced the winner of the first Sci-preneurship student contest, a European competition where students come together in multi-country teams to collaborate on projects which can have a real and positive impact on society.
The European prize was won by a team of students from Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal who created a microscope device which integrates Nano- and image-recognition technologies to determine how close a food product is to expiry. Click here to access Sci-preneurship in pictures.
Competing students were alumni from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and JA-YE entrepreneurship programmes. Each team included members with backgrounds in either maths and science or business and entrepreneurship to create a blend of scientific expertise and commercial aptitude: the key ingredients for innovation. Five judges from the private and public sectors evaluated the solutions and presentations from the young entrants to determine the ultimate victor!
Maria Tereza Bezem from the winning team said: “I learned how to value business ideas and how to bring to life a scientific idea, commercialise and present it.”
All participating students benefitted from employee mentors from Intel and partner organisations who encouraged students to devise ideas which were not only creative and inspiring but also, commercially viable.