Noticias — January 01, 2000

First Best Business Plan in the World Awards Presented at Barcelona WC

Coral Gables, FL, U.S.A. Junior Chamber International (JCI), Inc., a worldwide federation of young professionals and entrepreneurs with over 500,000 members, Senior Members and JCI Senators in more than 100 countries and territories is holding its 56
Coral Gables, FL, U.S.A. Junior Chamber International (JCI), Inc., a worldwide federation of young professionals and entrepreneurs with over 500,000 members, Senior Members and JCI Senators in more than 100 countries and territories is holding its 56th World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on November 4-9, 2001. The historic first Awards Ceremony for JCI’s flagship program, the Best Business Plan in the World Competition, has been one of the most exciting functions of this Congress. This program reflects JCI’s corporate slogan, Entrepreneurs in Action. JCI honored the best of the best, people who have created bold, imaginative business plans to establish a new enterprise or social activity to create positive change. There were two categories: Business (profit) and Social Entrepreneur (nonprofit). More than 60 entries were received from 24 countries. Three international winners in the profit and three in the nonprofit category were selected from the finalists. JCI sought practical, bold, imaginative and cutting-edge plans that seek solutions, involve risk-taking, and reassess what is feasible. The international winners were recognized during the Barcelona JCI Congress at a special VIP Awards Luncheon on Monday, November 5. The grand winners received free airfare, accommodations, and a plaque. Profit Category First Place: Saskia Immens, with Freebags Company, the Netherlands. Freebags is a startup company with a unique marketing strategy providing recyclable paper bags (replacing plastic bags) to stores and outlets. This project combines environmental protection with a distinctive advertising vehicle. Second Place: Fabrice Cavarretta, with iPropi, Paris, France. iPropi offers assistance for both consumers and businesses through the Internet. It answers inquiries and requests (buy/sell/find/etc.), combining the service with a reward scheme and targets. Third Place: Abodunrin Roberts, with Risk Watch Insurance Brokers, Lagos, Nigeria. The proposed company will be set up to provide short-term business insurance. The company will also offer management expertise and access to the wholesale insurance market. Nonprofit Category First Place: Yeap Woon Heng and Ralph Yew Eng Teik, with J-Caf?, Kuala Lumpur Junior Chamber, Malaysia. Their J-Caf? will focus on providing outstanding food and beverages to customers as well as offering a venue for people to meet. It will generate income for Junior Chamber, promote fellowship and business networking, and attract potential members. Second Place: Vlad Murashkevich, with the African Transcontinental Expedition, Svoy Krug broadcasting company, Belarus. The objective of the African Transcontinental Expedition is to travel through the African continent, from North to South, visiting the 25 JCI member countries in Africa. Third Place: Hatem Belhi, Louis Trahan and Leena Malik, with the World Survivor project, Canada. This project is a competition not among groups, but rather between the achievement of ideal humanistic goals and the limitations of our physical reality. The prize is a better world for all involved. Victory is in the effort, not the results. For more information, please contact AreacLeandro@juniorchamber.org
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