The big day for Breton mini-entrepreneurs on May 16 in Cesson-Sévigné

The big day for Breton mini-entrepreneurs on May 16 in Cesson-Sévigné
The big day for Breton mini-entrepreneurs on May 16 in Cesson-Sévigné

More than 2,000 young people gathered around a hundred mini-companies supported by the Entreprendre pour savoir Bretagne association, will meet at the Glaz Arena in Cesson-Sévigné to defend their projects on Thursday May 16, 2024. A hell of an adventure for these youth.

Since the start of the school year, middle and high school students in the region have been racking their brains to create their mini-business. Thursday May 16, 2024, a Hundreds of teams will compete at the Glaz Arena in Cesson-Sévigné (35). This festival is organized by Entreprendre pour savoir Bretagne, an association which has been supporting young people in their efforts for thirteen years. In 2023-2024, 6,500 young Bretons and 200 projects were supported. ” HAS By 2026, we aim to double this number, declares Gaël Le Bohec, president of the regional association. This device is second to none. The power of the collective acts as a booster for each young person. He learns and retains by doing while reinforcing his fundamental knowledge. We are talking here about active teaching, essential for preventing school dropouts.. »

Around fifteen young 3rd professional students in action

Fifteen 3rd year professional students at the Lande la Rencontre agricultural high school in Saint-Aubin du Cormier took part in the game. Based on the observation that many farmers had difficulty removing their boots, they imagined a boot remover made from recycled wood. The raw material comes from the Orlo company, neighboring their school. The object is sold for 5 or 7 euros, depending on the shape. Half of the profits from sales will be donated to an association for the protection of animals. “ This project brought us closer together, we got to know each other and work together. We also learn how a company is organized, its different professions. It helps us in our orientation », explains one of the young people from the Déchauss’Land team.

Each project is supervised by a professional mentor. Here it was Christine Simon, head teacher of the class, who managed the team: “ Our commitment to the association goes back three years. Everything comes from young people: from the idea to the stand where they will present their product on May 16. They are full of ideas, sometimes very innovative. Through this mini business, they acquire a lot of skills such as making an object with their hands, writing an email, contacting adults, setting up a budget, etc. We try to work on projects related to sustainable development. It’s very educational. We put the student at the heart of the action. He comes out grown. »

An event in the presence of high-level athletes, more than 3,000 participants

A little over two months before the start of the Paris Olympics, this new edition of the mini-business festival is placed under the Olympic seal. On May 16, the 2,000 Breton middle and high school students will have the opportunity to meet personalities from the world of sport such as skipper Caroline Boulle, but also Robin Molinié, handball player at Cesson Rennes Métropole Handball, Margaux Fabijan, kayaker at Cesson and Agathe Bolzer, triathlete. And if the event takes place in Cesson-Sévigné, at the Glaz Arena, “ it’s not a coincidence », according to its mayor, Jean-Pierre Savignac. “It is the largest sports hall in Brittany and one of the most sporting cities. This system, which I did not know about, is the best way to bring the entrepreneurial spirit into the school. This is essential as we welcome 2,300 businesses and 30,000 employees to the town. Our long-term objective is to promote the association within our educational establishments. »

On the occasion of the mini-companies festival, on May 16, more than a hundred mini companies will unveil their innovations. From 1 p.m., the public is invited to come and do their shopping.. “ We are preparing for an extraordinary event with more than 3,000 participants », warns Gaël Le Bohec.

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