Simona Popa

Nationality: Romania
Organization Name: Centre for Applied Learning: The National Apprentice Challenge
Impact Region: Northern Europe
About the Social Business: At the Centre for Applied Learning, over 200,000 entrepreneurial-minded students are impacted each year. In teams of four, students with a wide range of backgrounds will go through an all-expenses-paid residential program filled with exciting practical challenges. The reality-based tasks test their creativity & their entrepreneurial mindset and help the participants be more aware of their strengths and better prepared for their future careers. Centre for Applied Learning is an award-winning social enterprise aiming to inspire, train and fund entrepreneurial-minded individuals through experiential educational programmes. It does this through a number of programmes including national enterprise competitions, investment opportunities, grants and business mentorship. The National Apprentice Challenge is the largest residential enterprise competition for top ambitious, proactive and entrepreneurial students across the UK. Top 100 pre-selected students go through practical challenges tailored to our partners and test their business acumen while working under pressure. This makes the Centre for Applied Learning the largest live competition in The UK. In 2014 alone this engaged with 250,000 students, in 33 top universities and 25 student-led enterprise societies, offering students a chance to meet Sir Richard Branson in person, receive up to £200,000 in seed investment and £13,000 in grants. The Student SimChallenge is a national enterprise competition that takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, as a flagship event part of a global movement championing entrepreneurship.
About the Y&Y Fellow: Simona Popoa is originally from Romania. She is a social entrepreneur with 9 years of experience in the field of learning & development as a consultant, project manager and entrepreneur. Result-oriented and resourcefulness, Simona is driven by her passion to empower, connect and support ambitious leaders, entrepreneurs and organisations. Avid learner and connector, Simona was a mentor for Queen Young Leaders' Programme, fellow for Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship Programme, an ambassador for G(irls)20 in Canada and alumni of Hesselbein Global Academy USA.

Simona Popa

Nationality: Romania
Organization Name: Centre for Applied Learning: The National Apprentice Challenge
Impact Region: Northern Europe
About the Social Business: At the Centre for Applied Learning, over 200,000 entrepreneurial-minded students are impacted each year. In teams of four, students with a wide range of backgrounds will go through an all-expenses-paid residential program filled with exciting practical challenges. The reality-based tasks test their creativity & their entrepreneurial mindset and help the participants be more aware of their strengths and better prepared for their future careers. Centre for Applied Learning is an award-winning social enterprise aiming to inspire, train and fund entrepreneurial-minded individuals through experiential educational programmes. It does this through a number of programmes including national enterprise competitions, investment opportunities, grants and business mentorship. The National Apprentice Challenge is the largest residential enterprise competition for top ambitious, proactive and entrepreneurial students across the UK. Top 100 pre-selected students go through practical challenges tailored to our partners and test their business acumen while working under pressure. This makes the Centre for Applied Learning the largest live competition in The UK. In 2014 alone this engaged with 250,000 students, in 33 top universities and 25 student-led enterprise societies, offering students a chance to meet Sir Richard Branson in person, receive up to £200,000 in seed investment and £13,000 in grants. The Student SimChallenge is a national enterprise competition that takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, as a flagship event part of a global movement championing entrepreneurship.
About the Y&Y Fellow: Simona Popoa is originally from Romania. She is a social entrepreneur with 9 years of experience in the field of learning & development as a consultant, project manager and entrepreneur. Result-oriented and resourcefulness, Simona is driven by her passion to empower, connect and support ambitious leaders, entrepreneurs and organisations. Avid learner and connector, Simona was a mentor for Queen Young Leaders' Programme, fellow for Yunus & Youth Global Fellowship Programme, an ambassador for G(irls)20 in Canada and alumni of Hesselbein Global Academy USA.
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