Oslo Børs welcomed the winning team of the Euronext Blue Challenge, Marival UB, as guests-of-honour on a special bell rininging ceremony lead by Øivind Amundsen, CEO Oslo Børs, to celebrate their victory and to receive their Europe winning trophy.
The team flew all the way from Molde in Western Norway to Oslo to meet in person their mentors, the Euronext volunteers who accompanied them over this journey.
Marival UB is an innovative youth enterprise that focuses on the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth; they developed a product that reflects sound waves, allowing fishermen to locate lost equipment immediately thanks to an echo sounder. The team explained that they would like to continue the project further, but would put it on hold until they had completed high school.
Developed in partnership with JA Europe and held for the first time this year, the Euronext Blue Challenge is a hands-on programme for school students aged between 15 and 18, across the different countries in which Euronext operates. The programme aims to inspire students about sustainable finance and the blue economy, whilst helping them develop core job skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, presentation, and entrepreneurial skills. This first programme saw approximately 175 students create 35 ‘mini-companies’ with the support of 44 Euronext mentors.