I was honored to be a mentor in JCI’s (Junior Chamber International) young entrepreneur contest this year. My mentee was Teodor Mincu and happy to say that his business plan was ranked no.1 in the national contest and that he won the grand prize.
The competition showed that the idea is not the only important thing when starting a business and I’m really excited to see that more and more Romanian entrepreneurs are building business plans before starting the actual deals.
Congratulations to Teodor (Doru) and to JCI Romania. Doru’s plan is to create an online social network that will change Romania, will improve life of millions of people and, hopefully, will save lives.
JCI is a worldwide community of young active citizens ages 18-40 who share the belief that in order to create positive change, we must take collective action to improve ourselves and the world around us. Engaging in activities ranging from community development to international projects, members demonstrate their social responsibility and improve themselves through participation, leadership and action.
Almost a century ago, Henry Giessenbier, Jr. decided to take responsibility for the progress and welfare of his community by helping tackle difficult problems around him. Together with 32 other young men, Giessenbier established the Young Men’s Progressive Civic Association, JCIâ€™s first Local Organization, in St. Louis, USA in 1915. The members of the first Local Organization dedicated themselves to bringing about community improvements and giving young people a constructive approach to civic problems.
By 1944, the movement had spread through eight countries. When delegates from these countries met in Mexico City at the Inter-American Conference that year, they agreed it was time to officially form Junior Chamber International. This deep-rooted tradition of bringing together active citizens from diverse backgrounds remains alive today in our international events. They fuel the JCI movement and set the groundwork to create positive change that transcends boundaries.