H.R.H. the Princess of Asturias presided over the closing ceremony and prize-giving ceremony of the 4th National Educational Mini-Company Competition organised by Junior Achievement in Spain at the Rafael del Pino Foundation Auditorium. This competition, which is sponsored by the Rafael del Pino Foundation, aims to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in young people through the start-up of a company, so that they can learn about all the stages that a business project has to go through before it finally becomes a reality.
The Rafael del Pino Foundation has supported this Junior Achievement Spain programme by sponsoring four participating schools, all from the Community of Madrid: Colegio Corazón Inmaculado; Colegio Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas; IES Joaquín Rodrigo; and IES Dámaso Alonso.
H.R.H. the Princess of Asturias was received on her arrival by the President of the Rafael del Pino Foundation, María del Pino; Ana María Calvo-Sotelo, Trustee of the Foundation; Carlos Falcó, President of Junior Achievement Spain; and the Secretary General for Equality Policies, Isabel María Martínez Lozano. After signing the Rafael del Pino Foundation's Book of Honour, he presided over the ceremony where the three mentions and the three mini-companies awarded were made public and presented the prizes.
The winners of this 4th National Mini Enterprise Competition were:
First Prize, for the mini-company "Dicrea", from the IES Condesa Alfonso Eylo de Valladolid, whose product consisted of the manufacture of decorative articles made from recycled materials.
Second Prize, for the team "Fruandmix", from IES Vallecas I in Madrid, basing their social object on the commercialisation of low-calorie fruit juices.
Third Prize, which went to the mini-company "Hot Slippers", from the Nazaret School in Madrid, developed slippers with thermal insoles to warm the feet.
-Social Responsibility Mention Leche Pascual Group, which went to the team "Aromatic Relax" from IES Aguas Vivas in Guadalajara, who made therapeutic sachets filled with seeds and aromatic plants.
Blu:sens Innovation Mention, which went to the mini-company "Lost&Found" from the Ramón y Cajal School in Madrid, whose innovative product was based on an alarm to prevent the loss of objects.
-JA-YE Europe International Projection Mention, which was awarded to the "Damigon" project from Loreto School in Madrid. They designed and marketed a gadget to keep socks together in the washing machine. This mini-company will be responsible for representing Spain in the international competition organised every year by Junior Achievement Europe.
The rest of the products and services of the finalist mini-companies that participated were: an insect catcher, a cane for the blind with GPS, a chromatic support for videos and a product to facilitate the use of memory. In total, 35 educational centres from 5 Autonomous Communities (Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla León, Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia) took part in the competition, setting up 65 mini-companies and involving 764 pupils.