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What does a national coordinator do? – Inside the Spanish national EEPA 2017 campaign

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The 2017 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) is in full swing, and a lot of national deadlines are approaching…so get those applications in!

Today we meet Spanish EEPA National Coordinator Antonio Fernandez Ecker, who gives us a glimpse into the Spanish campaign and his advice for promoting EEPA 2017.

How have you been promoting EEPA 2017 so far?

The promotion for EEPA 2017 has been focused on providing relevant information and getting it to the right people. Part of this is including the relevant information about EEPA 2017 on the web page of the Ministry for Industry and SMEs and disseminating it via social media and email.

For our email dissemination we have directed our communications to specific entities such as:

  • Members of the State Council for SMEs: an advisory board for SME affairs which is made up of representatives of the general state administration as well as representatives from the autonomous communities and local entities
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Business schools
  • Universities
  • Points of care for entrepreneurs (a network of unique one stop shops which exist in Spain, for information and electronic administration services for entrepreneurs and companies)
  • 2016 prize winners

What are your top 3 pieces of advice for reaching out to potential applicants?

  • Motivate them to participate by showing them that they are running an initiative with good results
  • Prepare a good application that reflects why the project is good
  • Give them relevant information about previous editions

What are the main aspects of your EEPA 2017 campaign?

To increase the dissemination of information amongst interested actors in the SME environment, with the goal of getting them to present success stories which take place in local environments which normally would not have as much publicity. We have also been taking a direct contact approach, providing information via email or telephone, so as to resolve any doubts that projects may have before presenting themselves as candidates.

What is the most important thing you have learnt during your experience as National Coordinator?

In my brief experience as a National Coordinator, I have only been in this role from September 2016, I have learnt that knowing, sharing and disseminating examples of successful initiatives in different EU countries is very important. It allows us to learn from each other, avoid previously made mistakes and put into practice initiatives that would otherwise have been difficult to implement. Overall, I believe that EEPA is extremely useful for promoting entrepreneurship in our countries.

Thinking of applying? Contact your national coordinator before your national deadline!

What does a national coordinator do? – Inside the Swedish national EEPA 2017 campaign

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The preparations for the 2017 European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) are underway and National Coordinators across the participating countries have been working hard to promote the awards and find innovative and interesting entries to compete on European level for the 2017 titles!

Today Swedish EEPA National Coordinator Maria Evertsson gives us a glimpse into the Swedish campaign and her advice for promoting EEPA 2017.

How have you been promoting EEPA 2017 so far?

I have been promoting EEPA online with information and a simplified on-line-tool for applicants to fill in, which is supported with tweets about our EEPA web page. On the basis of the applications we receive our national jury will pick two national winners. Those two winners will then fill in the full application.

I have also reached out to actors involved in European Structural and Investments Funds and asked them to spread the word about EEPA 2017.

What are your top 3 pieces of advice for reaching out to potential applicants?

  1. Address actors with good local and regional knowledge who can help spread the word.
  2. Focus on the benefits for applicants in terms of visibility, European networking and international recognition.
  3. Make it easy and attractive for applicants to participate.

What are the main aspects of your EEPA 2017 campaign?

  • An attractive web page combined with social media.
  • A simplified submission procedure.
  • Link to last years’ EEPA to help potential candidates understand what it is all about.

What is the most important thing you have learnt during your experience as National Coordinator?

There are a lot of things happening which means that you may not reach your target audiences despite great efforts. You need to repeat information and find ambassadors with good knowledge about what is going on who can help you spread the word about EEPA. People do not necessarily understand that they could be EEPA material. It can help to give examples from previous years.

Thinking about applying? Need more advice or information? Find your national coordinator’s contact details here and ask them everything you want to know about EEPA!

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!

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EEPA 2017 National Coordinators

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After the successful launch of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) 2017 last week on February 23, it is time to introduce to you to some very important people who make it all possible…the EEPA 2017 National Coordinators! The coordinators are the national contact points across all member states and participating countries, who coordinate national EEPA activities and lead the national promotion campaigns.

7-national-coordinator-ready-to-answer-questionsHow can the National Coordinators help me?

The National Coordinators can help by providing support with deadlines, applications and preparation, as well as give examples from previous years. They are there to help you be the strongest EEPA 2017 competitors, so use them!

Who should contact the National Coordinators?

Anyone from a participating country that is thinking of participating or just looking for more information about EEPA, can contact their National Coordinator.

Where can I find them?

National Coordinators are usually representatives of ministries or national business agencies. Below, you may find the list of websites for each country and a corresponding National Coordinator´s email (“NC” > right click > copy email address; we don´t want them to be spammed :)).

Austria
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Finland
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Latvia
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Romania
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Belgium FR/NL
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France
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Lithuania
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Serbia
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Bulgaria
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Germany
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Luxembourg
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Slovakia
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Croatia
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Greece
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Malta
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Slovenia
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Cyprus
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Hungary
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Montenegro
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Spain
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Czech Republic
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Iceland
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Netherlands
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Sweden
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Denmark
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Ireland
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Poland
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Turkey
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Estonia
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Italy
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Portugal
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United Kingdom
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By following this link you can find useful information in all European languages (except Irish).

Interested in EEPA? Read all about the awards to learn about eligibility, the selection process and past editions. Be sure to also have a look at the EEPA 2016 winner testimonials for some insights from past winners.

Is your organisation helping to create the most enterprising place in Britain?

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The deadline for the UK’s Enterprising Britain Awards is fast approaching. If you’re a UK-based organisation working within the enterprise promotion sector, then you need to submit your application online by Friday, 10 June in order to be in with a chance of being one of two British entrants in the pan-European EEPA competition.

The UK competition has four categories:

  • Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit
  • Building enterprise skills
  • Improving the business environment
  • Support for exporting

We spoke to Derek Kozel from the Enterprising Britain team about what they’re looking for in a winning entry, and more:

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What is Enterprising Britain and what is its relationship to the EEPA Awards?

The Enterprising Britain Awards are part of the Government’s drive to increase entrepreneurial activity in the UK. They are managed by Investment in Young People on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).The awards recognise and celebrate organisations across the UK that support the development of an entrepreneurial culture through their work on developing new start-up businesses and putting support and infrastructure in place that helps existing business grow. In more recent years the competition has also added an additional focus on organisations that work with young people to inspire them about enterprise and running a business. Two of the finalists will be put forward to the EEPA competition and if chosen may have the chance of representing the UK at the SME Assembly 2016. The competition started in 2004 and predates the EEPA.

What makes a town, city or area the ‘Most Enterprising Place in Britain’?

Impact. The Enterprising Britain Award judges look for the entrant that can show the greatest impact on its geographical location through their activity. This could be in terms of overall numbers of new jobs; total change in the physical infrastructure that supports the growth of the business community; or a pronounced change in how business and job growth/prospects are perceived in any particular area.

What are you looking for in standout entries?

The ability to demonstrate the impact that their project has achieved, both on their initial targeted criteria, but also a more wider general impact from their activity – the Added Value effect.

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Last year’s Enterprising Britain Awards ceremony

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

We’ve promoted the awards through our extensive contact lists of local authorities and business support organisations from across the country. We also use the EBA website and targeted emails to community contacts and a wide range of other organisations that are active in this area which we’ve had contact with over the years. We also have regular activity promoting the awards through our social media accounts @entbritawards as well as working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills media team.

What kind of response have you had so far?

We tend to have a build-up of interest and have an initial batch of organisations that have started to complete their entries. Our experience from the past three years of running the competition is that entries tend to arrive at the last minute, as we continue to promote the competition and follow up all of the organisations that have registered and expressed an initial interest.

What advice would you give to organisations thinking of entering the competition?

Enter – the competition is free to enter, and could lead to an awards presentation at the House of Commons as well as representing the UK in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards. Past winners of the Most Enterprising Place in Britain have been featured on national TV and continue to gain an advantage from this award in their ongoing publicity and marketing of their project.

The other point would be not to leave it till the last minute. We often have entries that are submitted close to the deadline that for some reason hit a “technical hitch” and that just adds to the pressure of getting the entry in. If you submit your entry a few days before the deadline it gives everyone a bit more time to deal with any unexpected problems.

Finally, where can prospective entrants find out more info?

The Enterprising Britain Web site should be their starting point as this sets out all the details on the categories, entry criteria and rules and how to enter.

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