JEME Bocconi was founded at the end of the 80’s, in the turbulent environment of the “Milano da Bere”, with an explicitly international spirit. The official act, undersigned at the Notary studio Avanzini, carries the signatures of Alessandro Bellotti, Stefano Bennati, Paolo Massari, Matteo Aldo Corbetta, Antonio Oteri, Alessandro Alloiso, Lorenza Franchetti and Francesco Sacco. The first associates all shared a passion for information technology, which in combination with their international orientation led to the first big project of this newborn association: an online computerized mapping of radio electric disturbances in the city of Milan, commissioned by a French society. Following the strong connection between JEME Bocconi and the French network further led to the acquisition of numerous other projects of international scope, commissioned by Renault France, Citroen Italia, Erg, Orange Fresh and many more.
By 1992 JEME Bocconi had already become an established and dynamic part of the university life. The main goal of that time period was the improvement of its position within the University, on which JEME focused most of its efforts and capabilities. The event that marked the official recognition of JEME as a Junior Enterprise was the assignment of a notice board in the Via Sarfatti branch of the University and the setting up of the historical office in Via Calatafimi, an office of only 3,5 x 2,5 meters, furnished with makeshift means. In the meantime CJE, a confederation that enlisted all Italian Junior Enterprises, was created (1992/ o eventualmente aggiungere “in 1992), in which JEME, since its beginning, enjoyed a very strong representation.
The year 1998 marked the tenth anniversary of the foundation of the association, and was celebrated realizing the mission of trait d’union between the University and the world of work. That year JEME hosted an initiative, that evolved to become an annual event and led to the creation of ‘Junior Excellence’ a year later: a business simulation organized in cooperation with the most powerful and important consulting firms, including a conference on entrepreneurship, which was open to members of the European network. In the same year JEME reached a revenue volume of 250 million Lire.
From 1999 onwards, during the period of the ‘Junior Excellence’-initiative, JEME was able to bring the most powerful national and international firms to the university. Throughout these years, until 2009, the last year in which the event was organized, it was one of the most important and ground-breaking conferences both for the participating firms and for the Bocconi student body, who enjoyed the chance of experiencing the work of a consultant for a day.
The recognition of the efforts made by JEME came in the form of different awards: firstly, for the first time JEME’s associates were elected in both JADE Italia’s and JADE’s board, secondly JEME was awarded the title of “Most Entrepreneurial Junior Enterprise” in 2004 and Azzurra Giorgio was awarded as“Most Engaged Junior Entrepreneur” in 2007 thanks to her commitment in both JEME and JADE Italia.
Lastly, In the occasion of the twentyfive year anniversary, JEME organized two events: “JADE Summer Meeting 2013” and, in May 2014, “Young Entrepreneurs – Students, Consultants, Entrepreneurs”, which hosted many influential speakers and was attended by students, stratuppers, investors and tech incubators. In the same year JEME opened a new sales office in Shanghai, thanks to the initiative of one of JEME’s associates taking a Double Degree program in Fudan University. JEME also wrote the first book on hearth about Junior Enterprises: “Un’impresa da universitari”, becoming the promoter of the Junior Enterprise movment.
JEME at the same time, has enlarged the focus of its operation becoming godmother of the first JE in Australia and signing a partnership with the first JE founded in North America. As a recognition of its outstanding results, JEME won in 2015 the award for “Most Entrepreneurial Junior Enterprise in Europe”, in 2016 “Best Junior Enterprise in Italy”, also gaining the second place for “Junior Enterprise of the Year in Europe”, establishing its role of one of the best JE in the international panorama.