Joint projects between the European Commission and national governments highlighted activities based on students running mini-companies or Junior Enterprises in schools and universities as effective methods for spreading the entrepreneurial spirit. Students who participated in these activities are more self-confident, more innovative, more likely to seek new solutions and new technologies. Exchanging views with students working in Junior Enterprises is always enlightening, as one is impressed by the enthusiasm, innovation and creativity that these activities help to unlock in young people. I would, therefore, like to stress the role played by organisation like JADE, and the importance of Junior Enterprises as learning tools and bridges between university and the business world.
– José Manuel Barroso, Former President of the European Commission