I got the honor to be one of the jury members in the category ”Social entrepreneur” in this years Swedish Mastership in junior enterprise. This event is hosted by ”Ung Företagsamhet” – Young Enterprise, Sweden.
Young Enterprise is a politically independent , non-profit educational organization.
Since 1980 , we have trained high school students in the entrepreneurship process
through education UF enterprise. Since 2009 , we also work on the elementary school.
We started the day to read through the final 6 candidates, it was a total mix of social enterprises. One who wanted to challenge the norms in labels and greeting cards, one who wanted to save the Swedish Östersjön from fishing nets that is poisoning our lakes and oceans from the metals that is in the nets, one who wanted to encourage kids to move more and be more aware of diet, health and training through a soccer camp, and some more.
We took a walk through to our participants and roasted them with questions such as:
– What social challange is it that you want to change through your company, and how will you do so?
– How will you measure your social effects?
– Who is your target group and client group?
– Why did you approach this specific social problem?
– How will you create a sustainable company, both financial and social?
And much much more…
I just LOVE to hear how people think and how they present their ideas and visions. Some of them had a really good pitch and felt very secure, mature and aware in their own process.
Meet Mickey Finn:
The basic idea of our company is to manufacture handmade bracelet with locally made hooks and the bottom line from the use of fishing nets from the Baltic Sea. The bottom line contains lead, which we recycle and thereby the underwater life benefits from our choice of materials. With minimal emissions for transportation, we also make the acidified lakes a service. For further help, we donate even 25% of estimated profits to our partner Älvräddarna and Sportfiskarna working actively to improve Sweden’s waterways.
Meet Soccer Camp Mora
Our mission is to offer a high quality football camp for children, we even put the entire family’s health in focus by offering free gym for the parents. Our camp is for children and young people in elementary school from grades one to six. During these weekends we played , laughed , taught the children how a good diet looks like and learned how to cooperate. We tailor each grade games and exercises to their age , because the younger need to focus on the fun of the sport , while the older of course also need joy but more serious and disciplined training.
We have written and illustrated a fictional children’s book that touches the topic diabetes, targeting type 1. As a parent it can be hard to tell their children what diabetes is. There are terms that are difficult to understand for both children and adults that the book explains in a simple way. This is to increase awareness which ultimately leads to increased understanding, engagement and control of the disease diabetes. The characters in the book are entirely based on real children whose families we have met and spent time with during the product development process. This means that children can relate to the everyday situations the children in the book exposed. Situations where the diabetes can cause complications. The book is unique in its market because there is no other readily available children’s book that touches just diabetes type 1. Diabetes is a disease that easily remains in the background and we have, with the help of our book, increased timeliness and attention surrounding the disease.
Reflow provides a ”peer to peer” service for residential ownership households in a fast, easy and convenient way want to get rid of their source-sorted waste, without having to go to the recycling plant. The service is made possible by a digital platform, namely a mobile application, through which the account-holding households can easily go in and add a pickup order for its source-separated waste. This is not more difficult than that as households go into the app, check the what kind of waste you they want to deliver to the garbage disposal station by clicking the ”request pick-up” and then carry out their waste bins. When the order is sent shows up on a map of the application to other private users: the getter. These can then reserve the household, get there, empty vessels and then run away with it to the nearest recycling plant. When the household is marked ready takes an automatic payment from the household side. Alongside its core business provides Reflow even the purchase of recycling containers. This is partly because they it will be as easy as possible for those households that are not sorted prior to actually start sorting, and partly to the households who feel that they want to start using our service will not have to go and look for vessels that correspond our requirements.
Meet Ung Politik – Young politic
We want to increase the voters with the first-time voters and those who have a foreign background . This by mediating political knowledge in various forms primarily to schools, Swedish for immigrants and similar organizations with our political handbook.
A society with a heterogeneous group of individuals , a society characterized by diversity in everything from ethnicity, sexuality to sex also means an enriched society. It is therefore time to lift this diversity and break the negative norms we have in our society by allowing everybody to be represented. We do this on our cards and labels by creating a scene where we have everything from the disabled, homosexuals to a dark-skinned female elf in the center. Our target group was therefore all who celebrate Christmas , Ramadan , birthdays and so on. In that audience is so broad , we try to reach out to our customers in various ways . In addition to social media and digital channels , you can buy our products in several central Borås shops , organizations and religious communities .
After meeting all the finalist we sat down and chose our WINNER! We took this really serious and wants to give a big big shout out to all participants for their hard work, and a big congratulations to the winner!!! The winner is…….
It´s still a secret! But those will be presented here after tonight!
Meet the JURY!
Me 🙂 , Per Collins – ICA, Malin Nyhren – student and previous young enterprise student, Stephanos Tecle – ICA handlarna, Staffan Taylor – speaker and inspirer