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European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2017 – Apply now!

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The 2017 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards is now under way! The prestigious awards ceremony will take place this November in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, as part of the SME Assembly. Many of the national deadlines have now been announced and national campaigns have been launched across all the participating countries.

Thinking about getting involved in the 2017 edition? Be sure to check your national deadline, as each country has a different deadline. Some of them are quite soon…so start applying!

Austria April 11 Finland Jun 2 Latvia June 1 Romania June 24
Belgium May 8 France June 2 Lithuania May 31 Serbia June 10
Bulgaria May 15 Germany May 5 Luxembourg June 26 Slovakia June 23
Croatia TBC Greece June 6 Malta April 14 Slovenia June 13
Cyprus June 5 Hungary May 31 Montenegro June 1 Spain May 15
Czech Rep. June 15 Iceland May 31 Netherlands April 24 Sweden April 28
Denmark TBC Ireland May 31 Poland May 25 Turkey April 28
Estonia April 7 Italy June 14 Portugal April 19 UK June 3

For more information be sure to contact your national coordinator, they can help with the submission progress and any other questions. Perhaps you are looking for some inspiration? Wondering what it means to be an EEPA winner? Have a look at the testimonials from the 2016 winners, for exciting anecdotes, where they are now and advice for future applicants.

Have a look below for some important EEPA dates and start applying today!

Watch the 2016 Awards ceremony:

Deadline fast approaching for Polish EEPA. Get your entries in by 21 May!

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Are you a Poland-based organisation that works with entrepreneurs to encourage the growth of enterprise? Do you want to receive national and European recognition for your work?

If yes, then be sure to enter the Polish national competition for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) by Saturday, 21 May.

According to the national coordinators, interest in the competition this year has been fierce, which is reflective of how the awards tap into the current state of entrepreneurship. “The competition categories reflect significant social and economic challenges faced by local and regional communities in Poland,” says Marcin Zembaty from the Polish national coordinating team, who believes that the EEPA provide a great opportunity to discover innovative new projects nationwide. “We’re keen on learning whether new ideas and their practical implementation are happening across the country and seeing how people are encouraged to engage their potential, and enhance the wellbeing of local communities. Successful new ideas in one place can often be adapted by others elsewhere.”

If you’re considering entering the Polish national competition for a chance to compete at the European level, Mr Zembaty has the following advice:

Dzien Przedsiebiorcy konferencja Stadion Narodowy fot. Borys Skrzynski www.artzoom.pl

Photo: Last year’s national EEPA ceremony in Poland

Why should an organisation apply to EEPA?

The main benefit of entering the competition is the opportunity to be get known and increase the visibility of your project. Another benefit is that this can allow for more effective mutual learning regarding the challenges mentioned above.

What has been the response so far?

We’ve had around twenty queries since we the competition was launched at the beginning of March. A similar number of queries may also have been directed to Regional Self-government offices.

How have you promoted the competition so far? Have you worked with any partners?

We cooperate with Regional Self-Governments (Urzędy Marszałkowskie) in disseminating information as they have regular contact with lower level public authorities in their regions (i.e. with counties and communities). We also ask partners and stakeholders to promote the competition on their websites and in their newsletters. I think this cooperation has worked quite well so far. In addition, we’ve also placed advertisements in two national newspapers.

Where can those interested find out more?

Ruszył nabór projektów do konkursu „Europejskie Nagrody Promocji Przedsiębiorczości 2016” [In Polish]

Remember: the deadline for entries is Saturday, 21 May, 2016!

Final call! Deadline for Swedish national EEPA contest is 1 May

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swedish flagThe deadline for the Swedish national competition for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) is fast approaching.

If you’re a Swedish-based organisation working within the enterprise promotion sector, then you need to submit your application online by Sunday, 1 May in order to be in with a chance of being one of two Swedish entrants in the pan-European EEPA.

The Swedish competition has six categories:

  1. Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit
  2. Increase knowledge about entrepreneurship
  3. Improving the business environment
  4. Increasing internationalisation
  5. Develop “green” entrepreneurship and resource efficiency
  6. Responsible and comprehensive entrepreneurship

We spoke to Swedish National EEPA Coordinator, Maria Evertsson, about what she’s looking for in a winning entry, and more:

What would you like to see from entrants this year? Maria Evertsson, SE EEPA NC

We would love to have good entries in the green entrepreneurship and resource efficiency category. This includes initiatives at the national, regional or local level that will help boost “green” employment and resource efficiency. This is a fairly new area that we would like to see more of.

Advice for those considering entering

To anyone thinking of nominating a project, think about the possible networking that you could gain. I’m positive the SME Assembly in Slovakia this year will be very interesting from a networking perspective.

Tell us about a previous project that won the competition and the impact winning had on their business

The nominees from the last couple of years are, predominantly, continuing to develop the projects and concepts that they were nominated for. Last year, for instance, we nominated the national web portal verksamt.se, which is continuously developing its information and services for companies at all stages of development, from start-ups to close-downs. The next phase is to provide better information on internationalisation.

The lady in the photo below (2014 Swedish national award winner, Sara Json Lindmark, Managing Director of Designlabland) has moved on to an executive job in her home region in North Sweden. Her project was about creating alternative job opportunities in a geographical area which is dominated by traditional industries, such as mining, and having creative companies working together with traditional companies.

On Sweden’s enterprise environment

Entrepreneurship has been a priority in Sweden for many years. It is part of the national curriculum in schools, but not solely to foster more business start-ups. Entrepreneurial skills and problem solving are important skills whatever you want to do in life.

If you’ve been inspired to be a part of this wonderful competition to recognise the best in entrepreneurship support in Europe, and are from a Swedish-based enterprise support organisation, enter the national competition today! Visit http://tillvaxtverket.se/eu-tavling.

Remember: the deadline for entries is Sunday, 1 May, 2016. So get entering!

2014 Swedish national award winner, Sara Json Lindmark, Managing Director of Designlabland

2014 Swedish national award winner, Sara Json Lindmark, Managing Director of Designlabland

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