Uniting young entrepreneurs from all across Europe at large and small events is one of our fundamental pillars. With the first ever JA Global Alumni Conference 2019 we were able to host 400 participants from 60 countries covering all 6 global JA regions, back in August 2019 in Vienna, Austria. JA Alumni Austria, together with JA Alumni Europe, JA Worldwide, JA Europe and JA Austria gave hundreds of young students the opportunity to connect globally with like minded entrepreneurial spirits creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Besides the global conference we supported our member countries with smaller events. JA Alumni Czech Republic organised the infamous Christmas Weekend in Prague, Czech Republic with 25 participants from all across Europe.
Overnight the COVID-19 pandemic struck our plans for 2020 and we, unfortunately, had to cancel three of our scheduled events in spring and summer, including the highly anticipated annual JA Alumni Conference which was to take place in Stockholm Sweden.
UF Alumni Sverige (JA Alumni Sweden), UF (JA Sweden), JA Europe and JA Alumni Europe as organizing parties, decided to postpone the event until August 2021. To still reunite our European JA alumni leaders (national coordinators) and our overall members we hosted a successful virtual experience in August, themed as a traditional Swedish coffee break “FIKA”. 90 participants from across the globe joined us online for the free event and celebrated the #alumnispirit.
For the upcoming year we will do everything to be prepared to host physical events, of course still reviewing the restrictions iny place and the European-wide development and spread of COVID-19. And if we have to stay online - that’s just another challenge we can take!