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AmCham EU supports youth entrepreneurship in Europe


Brussels, 15 July 2013 – Sébastien Deletaille and Loïc Jacobs van Merlen, co-founders of Real Impact Analytics were the winners of the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award which was announced during the celebrations for its 50th anniversary, the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU), in collaboration with Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE).


‘It is a great honour to receive this award from AmCham EU. It is the new breed of innovative entrepreneurs, and not just the large global companies, that will help us to emerge from the current challenging economic times and address high youth unemployment. As such it is more important than ever to get support and encouragement from governments and organisations like AmCham EU to drive this growth and give entrepreneurs the opportunity to build successful businesses and be in a position to bring more youth into the workforce,’ said Sébastien Deletaille. 



The jury recognised Real Impact Analytics because: it is an already proven and well functioning business; its business model is unique and innovative; the company has strong leadership and Real Analytics has great potential for commercial success. 


Susan Danger, Managing Director, AmCham EU, stated, ‘We wanted to use our 50th anniversary to put youth entrepreneurship in the spotlight, showcasing young people who have chosen to become entrepreneurs and send a positive message to business and policy stakeholders’. 


The jury selecting the winner comprised:

  • The Hon. William E. Kennard, US Ambassador to the EU
  • Patrick Deconinck, Senior Vice-President, Western Europe, 3M
  • Peter Ryan, Senior Vice President and General Manager for HP Enterprise Group (EG) EMEA and Managing Director for HP EMEA
  • Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times
  • Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General, Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
  • Paul Rübig, MEP



‘With the particular challenge that youth are facing, recognising the effort of young entrepreneurs in rebuilding the European economy is a top priority’, said Ambassador Kennard. The Ambassador went on to say, ‘For us, Real Impact Analytics really stood out. They have already proven that they can operate in a very competitive market’.


“Each year, thousands of JA-YE Alumni enter into Europe’s economy as potential entrepreneurs. This award identified young people who are in the initial phase of their business and have a strong growth potential. It is essential that we give these entrepreneurs an early exposure to opportunities if we want to see innovation and growth led by Europe’s youth,” said Caroline Jenner, CEO JA-YE Europe.