January 24, 2022

Studies. Junior enterprise, how does it work?

“A Junior Enterprise is an educational association providing advice, defines Émilie Paris, president of the National Confederation of Junior Enterprises (CNJE). We offer professionals what we learn during our studies for a fee. »

The JE movement has existed since 1967 and is present in engineering and business schools, in universities and also in specialized schools. The École du Louvre Junior Conseil offers, for example, mediation services. “Our common project is to promote our integration by tasting the professional world before even being there”, summarizes the president of the CNJE.

Émilie Paris at the winter congress of the National Confederation of Junior Enterprises, in November 2021, in Seignosse (Landes). © CNJE

Today there are 200 Junior Enterprises bringing together 25,000 students who offer 3,500 projects each year. The Ministry of Higher Education has made the national status of student entrepreneur accessible to them. “It’s a real recognition”, rejoices Emilie Paris.

To invest in it, “if there is already an association in your establishment, all you have to do is apply”, explains the president. Each Junior Enterprise defines its recruitment procedure.

Three students minimum

If there is no such association in your establishment, you must create one and be at least three students for this. “The team formed must then approach the CNJE to be accompanied in its creative process”, details Emilie Paris.

The association was first called Junior creation, then Junior initiative. “To reach the Junior Entreprise mark, two to four years are necessary. Many are being created now and it is very encouraging,” concludes the president of the CNJE.