Over 200 students gathered in Brussels to celebrate the top JA companies from across Europe. This year, 37 student-teams competed as part of JA Europe’s flagship JA Company Programme, which gives them the opportunity to set up and run a real business.

His Majesty the King of the Belgians, EU Commissioners Marianne Thyssen and Tibor Navracsics, Belgian Ministers Alexander De Croo and Willy Borsus, as well as foreign dignitaries and various business volunteers were among those who attended the stand exhibition of the student companies, all keen to show their support.


JA Europe Company of the Year 2017 Awards


JA Europe Signature Awards

AT&T Excellence in IT Award recognises the student-company showing the best innovation-driven concept, strong business potential, sustainability, viability and scalability.


Citi Client Focus Award recognises the student-company that excels at creating value for its clients by listening to them and putting themselves in their place so as better to anticipate and serve their needs.


Facebook Best Social Media Marketing Campaign Award recognises outstanding work across social media platforms, celebrating creativity, innovation and connecting people to your business.


FedEx Access Award recognizes student-run businesses that best exhibit the principles of global connectivity.


The ManpowerGroup “Ready for Work” Award recognizes those teams that have the best-built work readiness skills during the competition. This year, ManpowerGroup presented the award for the project with the most significant impact on developing learnability, a key component of work readiness.


MetLife LifeChanger Award recognizes the student-company which best grasps the concepts of social impact, financial performance and innovation in their business strategy while remaining a realistic plan in today’s marketplace.


Local Signature Awards

The Euroclear Social Entrepreneurship Award aims to award the team best exemplifying the idea of a company that makes a profit while also contributing to the greater good of society.


Pulse Foundation Most Astonishing Idea Award aims to award the creativity of a student-company


The Alumni Leadership Award supported by AXA

The Alumni Leadership Award supported by AXA was presented to individuals demonstrating outstanding leadership skills impacting their team and the JA company. With this award, JA Alumni Europe wishes to recognise and honour the personal strength of the individuals in a successful team.