Until 30 April, student entrepreneurs are presenting their goods and services at two pop-up stores in the heart of the city.
With their ‘mini-entreprises’ program the non-profit organisation Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg supports students in learning how to conduct a small business and how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
The festival of mini-entreprises organised from 22 April to 30 April in collaboration with Luxembourg City gives the participating students the opportunity to apply the skills they’ve learned during the school year in a real-life situation. According to Stéphanie Damgé the director of Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg, it will also help these young adults in their future professional lives.
At the opening ceremony of the festival the mayor of Luxembourg city Lydie Polfer was happy to welcome these small businesses: “An attractive and dynamic city centre needs passionate entrepreneurs who want to offer innovative products and services to consumers.”
The mini-entreprise program gives students the opportunity to create a real business for one year, during which they learn how to sell their goods or services and turn a profit. Pupils need to find a supplier, advertise their product and create space where they can sell it.
During this time, they are helped by a coach who gives them advice and shares their professional experience.
This year’s edition of the program welcomes 85 mini-entreprise created by students from 23 different high schools. The pop-up stores will be open from 12:30 to 18:00 Monday to Friday and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays. The stores are located at 38 and 40, rue Philippe II.
In general, the pop stores in Luxembourg city strive to promote entrepreneurship and create a diversified commercial offer. They give shopkeepers and startups the opportunity to open a physical location for a first but limited time and thus gain an initial professional experience.