FedEx Access Award

FedEx believes entrepreneurs help build connections that can power the world. Because the company also believes a more connected world is a better world, they proudly support global entrepreneurship education. The FedEx Access Award recognizes student-run businesses that best exhibit the principles of global connectivity.



How can your team win the FedEx Access Award?


Make sure you and your team take 10 minutes to watch the FedEx Access Presentation. This will give you all the information you need to know how to qualify your mini-company for the FedEx Access Award. Be sure to watch the whole presentation through to the end. You’ll be given instructions you’ll need to compete for the FedEx Access Award.



You will attend the FedEx Seminar during the Company of the Year Competition in Belgium. During the seminar, FedEx representatives will covers trade, job creation, and global logistics and you can learn more about how your businesses can open new markets and create products/services that improve lives around the world. Be sure to pay attention to the webinar before the seminar starts! Prizes will be awarded to student teams that successfully pass the FedEx Access webinar quiz during the FedEx Access Seminar.


In order to win the prestigious Access Award, you need to demonstrate how your company meets as many of these criteria as possible:

1. Driven by innovation
Fresh, original ideas are more important than ever in today’s global, knowledge-based economy. Has your company shown it can TRANSLATE IDEAS OR INVENTIONS into a good or service that creates value — and that customers will pay for?

2. Connecting to new markets
Some companies have barriers when they are building a global supply chain or trying to export their products. Is your business OPERATING ACROSS BORDERS, whether reaching out to a nearby town or around the world for sourcing or distribution?

3. Fueling community development
Small businesses are drivers for job growth and economic development, increasing wealth and prosperity. How did your company CREATE JOBS and ECONOMIC GROWTH in your community or other communities?

4. Sustainability and social responsibility
The ability to address environmental and social impacts is essential in today’s business climate.
How is your company MEASURING ITS IMPACT — and striving to GIVE BACK?


Have a look at FedEx's participation in CoYC in the last 3 editions

Berlin 2015 Lucerne 2016 Brussels 2017


Belgrade 2018



JA Europe and FedEx celebrated 10 years together at COYC17

Read more about 10 years together

Judges 2018

Harald SchoenfelderHarald Schoenfelder,
VP Clearance Operations, FedEx Express Europe

With over 30 years’ experience in the express transportation industry, Harald is a highly-regarded expert on global trade. Having begun his career with the small team that opened DHL’s first air hub in Belgium, he specialised in moving dutiable shipments and soon developed expertise in clearance processes, regulations and operations.

In 1990 Harald joined FedEx Express Europe, where he has made clearance operations a competitive differentiator for customers within the express logistics industry. Having worked in Europe, Middle East, India and the USA, Harald is very much an ambassador for the principles of Access – encouraging positive collaboration between customs and express carriers to maximise efficiency.

“To compete in the current global trade environment, businesses require fast access to their customers. Regulatory compliance and speed are both essential components in building a competitive advantage for our customers and helping them achieve their global trade ambitions.” Harald was chairman of the Customs Committee of the European Express Association for 16 years and is a long time Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK.

Taner Karacan,
VP Customer Experience Operations Central and South Eastern Europe, FedEx Express

With experience gained in customer service and account handling, project management and training, and management of operational teams within the logistics industry, Taner has carried throughout his career a focus on delivering excellence for the customer.

Taner received a BA from Cologne’s Institute of Management and added an MBA from in Donau University, Vienna while working for TNT. He was recognised under TNT’s internal talent management program and later joined its International Executive Development

Program. Taner is currently based in Germany and joined FedEx Express as Vice President Customer Experience Operations for Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe in December 2016.


About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $61 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit

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