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The Ministry of Education and Research congratulates the Estonia’s best student company Festera for winning the JA’s Company of the Year Competition

13. July 2017 - 15:26

The Ministry of Education and Research acknowledges the Estonia’s best student company Festera that won the JA’s Company of the Year Competition.

Festera represented Estonia in the final competition of the JA’s Company of the Year Competition. Students Kevin Reisenbuk, Sandra Võsaste, Joonatan Oras and Kris-Robin Sirge run the company that produces a biodegrading recycling bins from Hugo Treffner Gymnasium. They won the Estonia’s competition in May with the innovative recycling bin that is easy and convenient to use in the kitchen to degrade bio waste. Within two months, the waste will turn into worthy humus that can be used for fertilizing plants.

The deputy secretary general Mart Laidmets, who participated in the European Entrepreneurship Education Summit in Brussels, congratulates and acknowledges Festera for the significant achievement and invites them to meet secretary general at the ministry next week.

Mart Laidmets said that Estonia is one of the few European countries to develop and support the entrepreneurship education at the state level. „In the everyday school life, it gives students skills to cooperate, put knowledge into action and support their self-confidence. Our youth is able to come up with original ideas and market them very well. This is illustrated by the success in the Company of the Year Competition – Estonia has been in top 3 for seven times. This time Festera secured their win among competitors from 36 countries.“

Entrepreneurship education is becoming more and more important in Europe. The king of Belgium King Philippe and the European Commission’s commissioners Tibor Navracsis and Marianne Thyssen attended the European Entrepreneurship Education Summit in Brussels. The deputy secretary general Mart Laidmets opened the summit by introducing participants Estonia’s position.

Estonia carries out the program of the development of entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial mind-set in general-, vocational and higher education. It aims to shape the entrepreneurial mind-set and provide knowledge in entrepreneurship to boost student competitiveness at the job market. 

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