On November 22, European Network of American Alumni Association (ENAM) Secretary General Massimo Cugusi was joined by U.S. Embassy Montenegro’s Chargé d’Affairs Douglas Jones to present ENAM’s Award for Young Entrepreneurs to Montenegrin Economics student Sandra Vukcevic. Along with thirty other participants from Montenegro, Sandra participated in a series of seminars on entrepreneurship organized as part of ENAM’s Bright Ideas @ Work program. This program, organized by ENAM with support from the US Department of State, gave European alumni associations the opportunity to develop and implement programs for aspiring young entrepreneurs in their countries. The Montenegrin American Youth Alumni Association (MAYAA) organized a variety of presentations and workshops for students who were then presented with an opportunity to compete for the best business plan. Sandra’s business plan, a proposal for the establishment of the Center for Professional Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities L’Egalité, won the national competition in Montenegro, and was ultimately named the winner of the overall Europe-wide competition, successfully beating out submissions from Azerbaijan, France, Moldova, Lithuania, Estonia, and Spain.
The European Network of American Alumni Associations (ENAM) was established in Rome in 2011 and has since grown to include nearly 50 member alumni associations from 35 European countries. Six of these alumni associations, including the France Fulbright Alumni Association, Spain’s VIA-Círculo Jefferson IVLP Alumni Association, Moldova’s Creative Development Association, Estonia’s Organization of the US Scientific and Educational Programs’ Alumni, Lithuania’s US-LT Alumni Association, and the Montenegrin American Youth Alumni Association, successfully completed projects for ENAM’s Bright Ideas @ Work program.