Brussels, 9 June 2017 – The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) announced that Oculus, a Romanian start-up, is the winner of the fifth AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award. Oculus developed the Mitra Glasses, a device that provides essential aid and safety to visually impaired people during movement, using incorporated sensors and efficient algorithms.
Tudor Popa, CEO & Developer, Oculus, stated: ‘This award will change the course of our project. More importantly, it will help us get the Mitra Glasses much quicker to the market to reach those who need it the most.’
Caroline Jenner, CEO, JA Europe, shared: ‘For the fifth year already, JA Europe is organising the Youth Entrepreneurship Award in partnership with AmCham EU. Through this collaboration, we are committed to equipping more young people with the skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs like Oculus and whose participation in the JA Company Programme showcases the impact it can have on later careers.’
The AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award, organised in collaboration with JA Europe, showcases young people with entrepreneurial talent. The jury was particularly impressed by the way the start-up combines technology with social purpose. Other finalists included Couch from Portugal, Key Butler from Norway, Saluv Phone from Switzerland and Social Sharks from the Czech Republic.
As part of the award, the start-up will also receive significant mentorship from a number of European CEOs from AmCham EU’s Executive Council. ‘The mentorship is a fantastic opportunity for us. We are still young – only eighteen – and we will be able to learn from some of the world’s most experienced business leaders’, Popa added.
Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, said: ‘We are proud to support young and talented Europeans such as Oculus. They demonstrate the creativity, drive and positive mindset that are key to success.’ She added: ‘For the EU to remain competitive in a globalised world, it is crucial for policy-makers to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. They are the drivers of the European economy.’