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EEPA National Winners 2017 – Improving the business environment

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Who else will be competing for a place on the European shortlist for EEPA 2017? Time to find out about the European projects competing in Category 3: Improving the business environment! Don’t forget to have a look at the national winners in Category 1 and Category 2.

Category 3 recognises initiatives that support enterprise start-up and growth, simplify legislative and administrative procedures for businesses. In 2016 the prize was won by the Leader SME programme from Portugal for their activities to support national SMEs.

This year there are 8 projects competing for a European title in this category. Congratulations to all the national winners and we look forward to finding out who is on the EEPA 2017 shortlist!

Austria: Innovation to Company

Czech Republic: Třebíč is lively

Ireland: Mayo Ideas Lab

Italy: Progetto Manifattura – Polo Meccatronica

Netherlands: Innofest

Slovenia: Podjetno v prihodnost

Spain: Reempresa

Turkey: Business Friendly Uskudar Municipality

*Portuguese national winners will be announced after the national ceremony has taken place.

EEPA National Winners 2017 – Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit

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As the jury decision for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) shortlist draws closer it is time for us to meet all of the outstanding projects from across Europe that are competing on European level! Promoting Enterprise will be presenting all of the national winners that are being considered for the European shortlist as well as the categories that they are competing.

This week is the turn of Category 1: Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit, which recognises initiatives that promote an entrepreneurial mindset, especially among young people and women. In 2016 the prize was won by the entrepreneurship stronghold Lyon Ville de l’Entrepreneuriat from France.

This year there are 18 projects competing in this category and competition is fierce! Good luck to all the projects and we look forward to finding out who is on the EEPA 2017 shortlist!

Croatia: BUDI UZOR®/BE THE ROLE MODEL™

Cyprus: The Future in our hands:  Creating European entrepreneurs

Czech Republic: Jaudelam.cz

Denmark:
Fonden for Entreprenørskab som national, ansvarlig aktør for implementering af entreprenørskab i uddannelserne.

Estonia: Enterprise Village

Finland: Pikkuyrittäjät – ”Mini company program for primary school

France: Start’Up Lycée

Germany: BIRTH – Business Innovation Responsibility and Technology

Greece: PATRAS Innovation Quest (Patras IQ)

Hungary: Startup Campus Program

Italy: 3D 4-Uman Technology is not uniquely human

Latvia: Information campaign “Support for entrepreneurs

Lithuania: KTU „Startup Space

Romania: Doing innovative business based on advanced research and public communication

Serbia: Caravan of Youth Entrepreneurship

Slovakia: I will do it.sk

Turkey: Supporting Entrepreneurship, Skills and Future of Children and Youth Programme

United Kingdom: Made in North Tyneside

*Portuguese national winners will be announced after the national ceremony has taken place.

How to win EEPA? Past winners reveal their recipe for a winning formula

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What is the recipe for success? What is the secret? How can you make sure your project is one of the next European Enterprise Promotion Award (EEPA) winners? EEPA is an opportunity for public bodies and public-private partnerships from across the EU Member States, (as well as Iceland, Serbia and Turkey) to put forward their most imaginative and successful initiatives that support entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Each country selects their top national winners to compete at European level across five different categories.

Today Promoting Enterprise brings you advice from the best of the best, past EEPA winners. Ready to discover the answers? Read on…

Why should you enter EEPA?

Many of the past winners have mentioned that one of the key benefits of entering EEPA is that it provides “a valuable opportunity to step back and reflect”, as “you can’t always focus on what you did well yesterday…the analysis is important and it gives you a chance to make your learning journey visible so that others can learn from it.”

Not only does it allow for reflection but it provides an opportunity to meet with other pioneering initiatives from across Europe, as “participating in a competition is a real opportunity to meet and share with initiatives and people…learning from their experiences is very enriching”. Some winners also mentioned the increased internal learning and contact saying that “entering EEPA gives a unique opportunity to exchange experiences and contacts with colleagues, experts and other stakeholders, drawing focus to the relevant questions and impact SME development”.

All the winners agreed that winning, in the words of one winner “the most rigorous and professionally run enterprise award in the world”, was quite an experience. Ultimately this award “provides recognition from a higher recognised entity like the European Commission”, which for many has led to exciting national and international developments for their projects.

Finally very importantly “you should enter because it is fun! The whole process requires a lot of work and you need to invest the necessary time, but once that part is done you can really enjoy the experience of being in the competition.”

What should you bear in mind when you apply?

So how did this variety of winners come out on top in each of their respective categories? Each winner has their own story to tell which you can read here, but read some of the tips they wanted to share with the potential winners of the future:

  • “Apply and share as much as possible!”
  • “It is important to evaluate whether a project has the following: quality, results, strong partnership, and replicability. Our advice would be that if your project has all of the above, then you should definitely compete!”
  • “Focus your attention on strategy and results achieved.”
  • “A good idea, a quality product, enthusiasm, detailed planning, active stakeholder involvement and teamwork were the key to our success. Our recommendation to future competitors would be to make sure to find their own distinctive formula.”
  • “Develop a pitch and make it interesting and inspirational for others. Inspiration is a very important part of EEPA work, it is what makes a project stand out.”
  • “You should not be scared to point out things that you learnt from and definitely take help from others, don’t do it all on your own.”

Interested in finding out more about EEPA? Are you going to apply and compete for a European title? Be sure to contact your national coordinator for more information and check when your national deadline is. Hurry up because the deadlines are approaching!

Read about the SME Assembly 2017 during which the EEPA finals and awards ceremony will be held.

Youth Essay Competition – Final results

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Youth-banner--blog-600x150The results of the European SME Week Youth Essay Competition are in!

After careful deliberation by the judges, lengthy discussions have been had and the decision has been made.

This competition was created because we wanted to know what the young people of Europe think about entrepreneurship and the opportunities available to them in their country, and the wider European Union. The responses came from across Europe and not only did they give insight into the original question, but also what is on the minds of young people in Europe today.

Life is changing fast, and they are aware that in order to keep up they too will have to change. As one participant put it: “The ‘good old days’ mentality of getting an education and landing a steady job at a big company is over”, this reflects their view of education, that it is not designed to help meet the challenges of the present but is rather based on successful models of the past. This ties into their feelings on how they are perceived, with one essayist writing: “Even if we are young it does not mean we are stupid. It does not mean we are immature. We have a lot to offer if only you give us the chance”. They are realistic, demonstrating an understanding of the media and the tendency to feature the unicorns and multi million euro successes. One contestant wrote that “there is no need for a gigantic one-billion-dollar idea or a perfect professional business plan in order to successfully start up a business”; in other words , investment is not the only measure of success.

The variety of nationalities represented by the candidates was an early indicator of the importance placed on multilingualism and openness, a common theme throughout the essays, the authors of which recognised the importance of English for business alongside other languages on their path to success. In terms of the barriers faced, ‘red tape’ and bureaucracy are things they are aware of and frustrated by. These need to be addressed urgently. Coupled with these is the fear of failing, with one writing “we are full of energy and ideas but often lack the experience, skills and expertise to implement our plans successfully”. They need reassurance that failure is not the end of the world and that it can often signal the starting point for greater success.

It is now time for us to reveal the winner:

Congratulations to Andri Pandoura!

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Andri is a member of the Cyprus Children’s Parliament and has already developed an interest in human rights and advocating, which she plans to pursue in future by studying law and embarking on a career in human rights law.

The very close runners up are:

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  • Katie Williams, a multilingual young worker from the UK currently working in the field of International Trade.
  • Francesco Foglia, an Italian journalist in European Affairs currently studying a Masters in Business Administration.
  • Frici Barabas, a Romanian entrepreneur with an online business who also teaches others how to succeed in the professional online world.

Congratulations to all our finalists and be sure to stay tuned to find out more about them in forthcoming posts! We would also like to congratulate all those who submitted an essay as the standard was very high and the final results very close.

EEPA – Investing in entrepreneurial skills

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Each week, one of six European Enterprise Promotion Award (EEPA) categories is presented on the Promoting Enterprise blog. The EEPA awards reward annually, those who promote entrepreneurship and small business at the national, regional and local level.

You can have a look at last week’s featured projects shortlisted for EEPA Category 1: Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit. This week, it is the turn of the shortlisted projects in Category 2: Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills. Three projects, from Italy, Latvia and the UK, support the inclusion of the unemployed and young jobseekers into the workforce through skills development and mentorship. Two of the shortlisted projects have a focus on the crafts industry, while the third includes the creative arts as an area targeted for support.

blog-imagesThe Bottega Scuola project in Italy supports the young unemployed by encouraging craft skills and business development ideas in artistic and traditional industries through six months’ work experience. The project acts as an artisan teaching workshop intended to increase job opportunities and stimulate new local entrepreneurial initiatives. Watch their video!

The project for the Development of innovative entrepreneurship in Jelgava City and Zemgale Region in Latvia is a platform through which the local government supports innovative entrepreneurship and facilitates networking, local good practice and mentor support. One example is the successful Competence and Contact Exchange initiative for the cottage arts and crafts industry, which develops entrepreneurial skills and creates innovative new products. So far, 10 000 people have taken part in various activities for developing innovative entrepreneurship and on average 63 new entrepreneurs sign up every year! Watch their video!

students-uni-liverpoolThe Enterprise Educators Academe in the UK has created the world’s first internal, accredited, enterprise educator training programme. The training and support of over 600 staff of all disciplines to embed enterprise skills across the university curriculum has been at the heart of the programme. In the first two years alone 21 000 students were reached and over 2 000 freelance businesses created. Business and public sector projects projects benefited from student support resulting in an economic impact valued at over EUR 4.4 million (GBP £4 million). Check out their YouTube channel!

By investing in entrepreneurial skills, these projects continue to support ongoing regional initiatives to integrate young people and the unemployed in the workforce. All 6 EEPA category winners will be revealed at the EEPA Awards Ceremony during the SME Assembly on 24 November in Bratislava, Slovakia, when the Grand Jury prize-winner will also be announced.

EEPA 2016 shortlist announced!

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In total, 343 National EEPA entries were received from 31 participating countries in 2016, which were then narrowed down by the national EEPA coordinators to 57 projects put forward for the European level of the competition.

At a meeting in Brussels on 27 September, the EEPA Jury drew up a project shortlist for each of the EEPA’s six project categories.  Let´s meet 18 shortlisted winners for EEPA 2016!

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The winners are spread pretty evenly across Europe, with only Serbia featuring on the list more than once, with winning projects in the Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit and Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency categories. We will present all of the shortlisted projects, category by category, on the Promoting Enterprise blog over the next six weeks.

The winner in each category will be revealed at the EEPA Awards Ceremony during the SME Assembly on 24 November in Bratislava, Slovakia, when the Grand Jury prize-winner will also be announced. All of the national winners will have their costs covered to send one representative to attend the SME Assembly, while shortlisted projects will be able to send two representatives.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted projects – they are all worthy winners, and the EEPA Jury will have a difficult task in selecting the winning projects in each category. We wish them all the best of luck at the SME Assembly in November.

 

Where are they now? Catching up with past EEPA winners

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2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). In this new feature, we catch up with former EEPA honourees who’ve gone on to do great things since winning the award.

This week, Fabrizio Barbiero (pictured) from the award-winning City of Torino reflects on the impact of winning an EEPA four years on…

Name Fabrizio Barbiero
Organisation City of Torino
Country Italy
Website www.comune.torino.it
Award won Improving the Business Environment / Red Tape Reduction
Year 2012

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What was it like to win the award?

It was a big surprise, an unexpected recognition.

Tell us about your project?

FaciliTO is a model that the Municipality of Turin adopted to tackle the difficulties that small enterprises encounter in struggling urban areas. Micro and small businesses in Turin have faced particular difficulty in accessing credit, which is due to the absence of project expertise. FaciliTO attempts to meet these needs by providing free consultations to support the development of business plans as well as direct financial support. Over 200 businesses have accessed FaciliTO and 93 of them have received financial support.

How did winning the award immediately impact your work?

Since winning the award, I manage innovation projects and business services for the City of Torino. Recently, we won second prize in the Icapital award in the category of social innovation and social startups.

What response did you receive from your colleagues and peers to receiving an EEPA?

A mix of envy and appreciation!

Why did you decide to enter the national competition?

We wanted to showcase the results of the project and its innovative strategy.

How did you go about preparing your application and making it award winning?

It was the first time we’d entered the project in a competition so I worked alone in order not to create excessive expectations.

What advice would you give to others thinking of entering?

Focus your attention on strategy and results achieved.

To find out more about the City of Torino, visit www.comune.torino.it.  

 

European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2015: Shortlisted Projects Announced

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Hundreds of projects competed in the 2015 national competitions for a chance to represent their country in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards; 19 projects have now been shortlisted. A record number of 32 countries entered the Awards this year with the most popular category being “Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit”.

This year’s jury was made up of members of the outgoing Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the current Luxembourg Presidency along with representatives from the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, business, and academia. Following much deliberation, the jury established a shortlist of 19 nominees in six categories. The winners for each of the categories will be announced at a central event of European SME Week, the SME Assembly in Luxembourg, to which all nominees will be invited. The prestigious Grand Jury Prize winner and special mentions will also be announced at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards ceremony.

Category 1: Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit

France: Youth Awareness Week for Female Entrepreneurship sees female entrepreneurs go into schools over the course of the week and put on presentations, talks or forums for young people aged 13–25 about female entrepreneurship and how women can start businesses and find success. The initiative aims to increase  young  people’s  awareness  of  female entrepreneurship,  and  how  women  can  start businesses and find success. Over the past three years 816 woman entrepreneurs, 18,000 young participants and more than 250 educational establishments – colleges, secondary schools and higher education institutions – have been involved.  

Responsible organisation: The 100,000 Entrepreneurs Association

Organisation website: http://www.semaine-entrepreneuriat-feminin.com/

Netherlands: ZomerOndernemer allows young people to start their own companies and experience entrepreneurship during their summer holidays. By turning young people into proud business owners, the initiative helps them develop crucial skills as well as stimulate the spirit of entrepreneurship. Launched in 2010, the project has already attracted 265 young people and helped produce 82 companies.

Responsible organisation: The New Entrepreneur Foundation

Organisation website: www.zomerondernemer.nl

United Kingdom: The John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank supports the development of an entrepreneurial culture within the City of Hull by engaging young people from the age of 5, allowing them to gain “soft skills” and entrepreneurial experience. The initiative raises awareness of the self-employed option as a pathway post education. It has supported over 350 young people interested in business from across Hull and the East Riding area.

Responsible organisation: Hull City Council

Organisation website: www.youthenterprise.co.uk

Category 2: Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills

Denmark: The Mobile FabLab is entrepreneurship on wheels, designed to raise awareness on new prototyping technologies and entrepreneurial skill by visiting and facilitating a large number of events, workshops and meet-ups all over Denmark for pre-entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs and SMEs. They have initiated the first mobile FabLab-facility of its kind worldwide, put on more than 60 events reaching almost 28,000 people, 232 SMEs have been through FabLab- counselling and competence development courses and they have facilitated workshops for 1600 students in FabSchool.

Responsible organisation: FabLab Danmark c/o Væksthus Sjælland

Organisation website: www.detmobilefablab.dk

Ireland: Going for Growth focuses on encouraging female entrepreneurs to be ambitious and supports them to achieve their growth aspirations. Based on annual cycles, the initiative leverages the volunteer efforts of successful female entrepreneurs. The impact is measured in increased revenues, employment created and first time exporters, as well as in greater ambition, confidence, and a heightened strategic perspective among the participants; to date, over 400 ambitious owner managers have been supported.

Responsible organisation: Fitzsimons Consulting in association with the Gender Equality Division, Department of Justice and Equality

Organisation website: Going for Growth focuses on encouraging female entrepreneurs to be ambitious and supports them to achieve their growth aspirations.

Italy: Alternating Work & School Experience provides students in secondary education with the professional skills required by businesses today, through a range of programmes and work experience opportunities. The initiative aims to ensure the best work experience school programmes are created to benefit the greatest number of students possible in the province. Some of the skills that are developed through the initiative are centred around business innovation, the corporate culture, the development of relevant statistical data, problem solving and marketing and business plan development. Since the initiative has been implemented, there has been a marked improvement for the schools and businesses involved, particularly in terms of skills and knowledge acquired.

Responsible organisation: Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Crafts and Agriculture of Macerata

Organisation website: http://www.mc.camcom.it/P42A0C176S166/The-Chamber-of-Commerce.htm

Category 3: Improving the Business Environment

Croatia: Your Business Friendly Town acts as an accessible and practical example of how new and established entrepreneurs have the opportunity to succeed, by strengthening the capacity of local government. It has opened the doors of domestic and foreign investment to create new jobs, promote entrepreneurship in the local area, and to overcome administrative hurdles by adopting local government as “business partners”. The initiative has successfully increased the number of investors, entrepreneurs and jobs in the Economic zone of Jalševac, doubling the number of jobs in to over 850.

Responsible organisation: City of Jastrebarsko

Organisation website: www.jastrebarsko.hr

Malta: Strengthening the Business Environment through Active Social Dialogue focuses on providing professional management support to SMEs, as well as working to educate the general public on employment-related issues. Due to a series of specialised and focused activities, at least 14% of the SMEs in Malta have been empowered to become increasingly active participants in social dialogue in Malta.

Responsible organisation: Malta Employers’ Association (MEA)

Organisation website: www.maltaemployers.com

United Kingdom: Creative Quarter describes itself as an ‘incubator without walls’, which aims to support creative SMEs to generate prosperity and create jobs. It develops highly-skilled local workforce who are ready to compete with one another to transform The Creative Quarter area in the city to make it a great business location. The initiative has supported over 700 businesses and has created just over 600 jobs. It has also contributed to the development of over 7,500 sq m. of new workspace for SMEs, entrepreneurs and creative businesses.

Responsible organisation: Creative Quarter Nottingham Limited

Organisation website: www.creativequater.com

Category 4: Supporting the Internationalisation of Business 

Estonia: GameFounders is a global gaming industry accelerator that aims to support technically strong teams with developing a business model and guidance on product development. Since its launch, the accelerator has implemented four cycles and has worked with 28 teams from 16 countries. GameFounders has contributed to the increase of Estonian gaming industry start-up numbers.

Responsible organisation: GameFounders OÜ

Organisation website: www.gamefounders.com

Latvia: TechHub Riga is a major technology and IT co-working space for startup companies. The space was created with a view to bring together like-minded startups that can help each other to successfully develop their projects. The initiative has provided office space for more than 30 technology startups since its creation. More recently, over the past 2 years, 50 businesses have been incubated, as well as several international and local conferences, meetings, and experience sharing events being organised and held each year.

Responsible organisation: Foundation TechHub Riga

Organisation website: riga.techhub.com

Italy: The Temporary Export Manager project provides businesses with the option to employ a junior/trainee member to the team to work in a company in close cooperation with company management in an international marketing position. The project aims to spread a culture of internationalisation among micro businesses and SMEs in the region, thus responding to the need for technical skills required by companies to possess and consolidate their business with those companies located overseas. Throughout the four years, over 150 new university graduates have been inserted in as many companies in the region.

Responsible organisation: Regional Union of the Chambers of Commerce of Emilia-Romagna

Organisation website: www.ucer.camcom.it

Category 5: Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency

Austria: Resource-efficient Industrial Park Liesing works to help coordinate the management of the neighbourhood in the former industrial park of Liesing, ultimately creating a positive identity for the area. Research and advisory activities focus on resource-saving and resource-efficient economies. The initiative has successfully raised awareness of the issue of conserving resources, – both with companies and businesses and the local population – and have committed to the preservation of the industrial park as a site for manufacturing companies and businesses.

Responsible organisation: Vienna Chamber of Commerce

Organisation website: www.wkw.at

Luxembourg: SuperDrecksKëscht works to certify waste management concepts of facilities and plants, promotes the consumption of sustainable products and supports the further development of resource-efficient recovery operations. It aims to develop the classical waste management process for the recycling/de-manufacturing industry, and thus, expand and provide support to the environmental technology and services. The initiative has recorded an increase in the number of participating plants implementing ecological waste management, and has contributed to an increase in the sales of sustainable products.

Responsible organisation: The Environmental Administration/The Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures.

Organisation website: www.sdk.lu

Spain: Green Business Network is the first networking platform in Spain to specialise in green business. Targeting entrepreneurs and investors, the project seeks to promote entrepreneurship in the environment sector and to encourage sustainable business development. The initiative has already attracted over 7,000 members, including 100 investors and funders.

Responsible organisation: Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Organisation website: www.fundación-biodiversidad.es

Category 6: Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Austria: Business Start-up Programme for the Unemployed works with the Austrian Public Employment Service to provide start up advice, company specific qualifications and livelihood security for the unemployed. It does so through three core services: 1. Start-up advice from a commissioned third-party consulting firm 2. Company-specific qualifications and 3. Livelihood security. Their aim is to support unemployed people in taking up successful and sustainable self-employment. They have achieved a high number of start-ups (in 2014: 5,169 UGP start-ups, of which women accounted for around 40%), very good labour market success and “survival rates”: 64% after 5 years, and additional employment effects: 25% of company founders employ staff.

Responsible organisation: Public Employment Service Austria

Organisation website: www.ams.at/service-arbeitsuchende/finanzielles/foerderungen/unternehmensgruendungsprogramm

Germany: Enterability is a management consultancy for people with disabilities that provides help before and after starting a business. The overarching goal is to enable people with disabilities to participate in the labour market through targeted counselling and training for self-employment. They provide peer counselling, advice, seminars with specific contents and methods, sign language interpreters and information on accessing loans specifically for disabled people.

Responsible organisation: Social Impact gGmbH

Organisation website: http://www.ifd-enterability.de/

Greece: Vocational Training & Certification of the unemployed workers of the ship repair industry in the Piraeus area, aimed at reduction of unemployment and recovery of the sector aims to enhance the capabilities of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry by providing a programme that hopes to increase employment levels in the local area. The programme aims to enhance entrepreneurship, mainly in the ship repair sector, and to reduce unemployment by involving those that are unemployed. Of the 1,500 unemployed who participated in the Vocational Training Programme, 867 obtained certification, and 150 gained employment.

Responsible organisation: Piraeus Chamber of Commerce & Industry (EVEP)

Organisation website: www.pcci.gr

Portugal: Lisbon Micro Entrepreneurship is a programme working to support responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship, be it through helping to develop business plans, to advising on how best to obtain funding. It was set up in 2013 with the aim of stimulating the city’s economy and supporting company and job creation. The initiative is therefore a part of Lisbon Municipal Council’s (LMC) global strategy to support entrepreneurship, bringing together public, private and local and national bodies with a local focus, enabling anyone to get support for projects in a range of fields, from the planning phase through to the first years of activity. Support comes in the form of help to structure ideas, developing business plans, help with implementing their projects, and obtaining funding. Over 50 companies have been set up, 27 of which have been funded, over 100 jobs have been created, and over 550 meetings have been held with entrepreneurs.

Responsible organisation: Lisbon Municipal Council

Organisation website: http://www.cm-lisboa.pt/www.cm-lisboa.pt

About the awards

Since 2006, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards have rewarded excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and small business at a national, regional and local level. Over 2 800 projects have entered since the awards were launched and in total they have supported the creation of well over 10 000 new companies. Its objectives are to identify and recognise successful activities and initiatives to promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship, showcasing and sharing examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices, creating a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in European society and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.

For more information on the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, visit the website, follow the Awards on Twitter or visit the official Awards Facebook page. For more information on European SME Week you can visit the website and follow on Twitter.

Watch a video of last year’s winner, Start-ups by Mothers with Young Children.

European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2014: Winners announced

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The seven winners of the eighth annual European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) were announced in Naples at the SME Assembly, which is the cornerstone of European SME Week.

The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Encouraging Business Start-ups by Mothers with Young Children, a Hungarian project that seeks to help mothers develop the skills and mind-set to launch and run successful businesses. It offers online resources and training programmes. The project also holds the Entrepreneurial Women’s Roundtable to help mothers navigate the world of business and build relationships with one another.

Winners in the six official categories included organisations from Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal. These and many other initiatives encompassed areas as diverse as technology, sustainability and textile and proposed innovative solutions to a range of issues from pollution to lack of corporate social responsibility.

Below is the breakdown of winners and runners-up in each of the six competing categories.

 

Category 1: Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit

Winner:

Lithuania – Mobile Apps Laboratories

Responsible organisation: App Camp, JSC

 

Runners up:

Austria  AplusB build!

Responsible organisation: build! Gründerzentrum Kärn GmbH

Netherlands – 20-80 Learning

Responsible organisation: Willem van Oranje College

 

Category 2: Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills

Winner:

Bulgaria  Brandiko

Responsible organisation: Ministry of Economy & Energy

 

Runners up:

Germany – Brennerei Next Generation Lab

Responsible organisation:  Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH

Serbia – Western Balkans Business Challenge

Responsible organisation: Junior Achievement Serbia

 

Category 3: Improving the Business Environment

Winner:

Spain – Start-up in 3

Responsible organisation: Ministry of Finance and Public Administration (MINHAP)

 

Runners up: 

Italy – Grow and Compete with Business Network  Contracts

Responsible organisationUnioncamere Emilia-Romagna

United Kingdom  The Sharp Project

Responsible organisation: The Sharp Project

 

Category 4: Supporting the Internationalisation of Business

Winner:

Italy – Mirabilia: European Network of UNESCO Sites

Responsible organisation: Matera Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture

 

Runners up:

Netherlands – Get in the Ring

Responsible organisation: Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

France –The Living Heritage Company Label

Responsible organisation: Directorate for Competitiveness, Industry and Services

 

Category 5 – Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency

Winner:

Portugal – AMS – Thinking Ahead

Responsible organisation: Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade of Portugal, Public Enterprise (“AICEP”) in partnership with AMS-BR STAR PAPER, S.A. (“AMS”).

 

Runners up:

Malta – EU LIFE+ Investing in Water

Responsible organisation: Malta Business Bureau

Turkey – Developing a Widely Applicable, Low-Cost Model for Clean Production in the Textile Finishing Industry

Responsible organisation: Uludağ Textile Exporters Association (UTEA)

 

Category 6 – Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Winner:

Germany –Wiesbaden Engaged

Responsible organisation: Municipality of the City of Wiesbaden – Agency for Social Work

 

Runners up:

Poland – Consortium of the design “Construction and equipment of the Intramunicipal Vocational Rehabilitation Centre”

Responsible organisation: Polish Association for Persons with Mental Handicap, Szczecin Branch

France – The Entrepreneurs Team

Responsible organisation: National Association of Designer Groups (ANGC)

 

Special mentions:

United Kingdom  Primary to Professional

Responsible organisation: Gower College Swansea

Austria – Sources of Strength

Responsible organisation: Industrie- und Wirtschaftsentwicklung Murtal GmbH

Portugal – DO IT – Ideas of Portuguese Origin

Responsible organisation: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

The 2014 SME Assembly: Programme

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The 2014 SME Assembly begins next week (1-3 October, Naples) and the full conference programme is now available. Hosted in partnership with the Italian Presidency, the Assembly, which is the main European SME Week event, will feature speakers from the Italian Government, the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, academia and the private sector. Key speakers include: the Italian Minister for Economic Development, Federica Guidi and Member of the European Commission for Entrepreneurship & Industry, Ferdinanco Nelli Feroci, as well as Daniel Calleja, EU SME Envoy and Director General, DG Enterprise and Industry and Anthony L. Gardner, US Ambassador to the EU; the Assembly will be opened formally on 2 October in the presence of H.E. Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy.

The SME Assembly will also feature the European Enterprise Promotion Awards ceremony where the 22 nominees will compete for their chance to win either in one of six categories or the Grand Jury Prize. You can find out more about the 2013 winners here.

Growth Through Enterprise: Exploiting the Opportunities Ahead

Including the European Enterprise Promotion Awards Winners’ Ceremony & European SME Week events

Wednesday, 1st October
2014

Stazione
Marittima, Molo Angioino, Naples, Italy

PRE-CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
– BY INVITATION ONLY

09:30 – 17:00

 

Business Innovation
Observatory – 3rd Workshop

Dione
Room

(EN)

 

Liberal Professions

Working Group

Perseide Room

(DE, EN, ES, FR, IT)

 

European Network to
Promote Women’s Entrepreneurship (WES)

Elettra Room

(EN)

14:30 – 17:30

SME Internationalisation / Euro-Mediterranean Industrial Co-operation

Ramada Hotel, Via Galileo Ferraris, 40, Naples

(EN, FR, IT)

Programme for all delegates

14:00 – 17:00

Business Tours at
the Citta della Scienza (hosted by the Italian Presidency)

18:00 – 20:00

The European SME Week Reception

Hosted by

The Italian
Presidency of the Council of the European Union &

The European Commission

At Camera di Commercio di Napoli (historic trading floor of the Naples
Stock Exchange)

 

Including the
launch of the European Entrepreneurial Region Award 2016

Michel Lebrun, President,
Committee of the Regions

 


Thursday, 2nd October
2014

Stazione Marittima

09:00

Lobby

Registration

Due to security
restrictions in relation to the presence of H.E. The President of the
Republic of Italy, all attendees must arrive in time and wear their name
badges at all times.

DE, EN, FR,

IT, ES

10:00 – 11:00

Galatea Room

Opening
ceremony of the 2014 SME Assembly in the presence of

H.E. Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy

Welcome
from Antonio Polito,
Assembly Chair

Introduction
by Daniel Calleja,

EU SME Envoy and Director General, DG Enterprise & Industry

Welcome message from José Manuel Barroso

President of the European Commission

Keynote
Speech by Federica Guidi,

Italian Minister for Economic Development

Keynote
Speech by Ferdinando Nelli Feroci,

Member of the European Commission for Entrepreneurship & Industry

11:00

Galatea Room

The Big Debate

“Thanks to digital technology,

everyone can become a successful entrepreneur”

In favour:

Tine van Heerikhuize, Blink2Blinked, Ilja Laurs, GetJar;

Against:
Amit Pau, Ariadne Capital, Orlaith Carmody, Mediatraining.ie

 

DE, EN, FR,

IT, ES

12:30

Lobby

Networking lunch

14:00

Policy
Session 1

Meeting
SME Finance Needs

Panel of experts followed by Q&A

Dione Room

Keynote:

Dario Scannapieco,

Vice President, EIB

Maria Cristina Bertellini, President
SME Committee, Confindustria

Ari Korhonen, VP, EBAN;

Founder, Spin Top Ventures

Ilja Laurs, GetJar

Leonardo Rubattu,

Dir. Gen., ICCREA BANCA

Moderator:

Christian Weinberger

(EN)

Policy
Session 2

Business
Dynamics: Start Up; Transfer; Second Chance

Panel of experts followed by Q&A

Calipso Room

Toni Brunello,
Business Transfer Expert Group, Studio Centro Veneto

Luis Iurcovich, CEO, Trasversale

Olivier Khan, BECI

Ahti Kuningas,

SME Envoy, Estonia

Moderator:

Marko Curavić

(IT, EN)

Entrepreneurship Forum

Galatea
Room

Interviews
with entrepreneurs and managers of successful SMEs and startups; testimonials
from entrepreneurs who have benefited from EU enterprise support programmes;
followed by a moderated panel discussion & audience questions

FIRST PANEL:

Alberto Baban, VP
Small Business, Confindustria

Markus Espeter, GloW Energy

Paula Fitzsimons, Going
for Growth

Vincent Fosty, Watify

Tim Lagerpusch, Sugar
Trends

Marek Ozana,

Ochi (Eureka)

Pedro de Sampaio Nunes, Eureka

Vincenzo Schiavo, Eurosportello, EEN Naples

Claudio Cappellini, CNA

SECOND PANEL:

Anna Gullstrand, Fröjd

Isa Maggi, BIC Italia Net

Swetlana Reiche, Lensspirit

Benjamin Suchar, Yoopies

Heleen Willemsen, Babybloom Healthcare

Moderator:

Joanna Drake

(DE, EN, ES, FR, IT)

(14:00 – 16:00)

15:15

Policy
Session 3

Completing the Single Digital Market for
SMEs

Panel of
experts followed by Q&A

Dione
Room

Ben Butters, Eurochambres

Dana Eleftheriadou, DG
ENTR

Sergio Ruiz Sierra,
Pymes.com

Christian Verschueren, Dir. Gen., Eurocommerce

Moderator:

Katarzyna Bałucka-Dębska

(EN)

Policy
Session 4

Growth Through

Responsive Administration

Panel of
experts followed by Q&A

Calipso Room

Chair:

Susannah Simon,

SME Envoy, UK

Keynote:

Giorgio Merletti,

President, Confartigianato

Maarit Nyman, DG ENTR

Alain Deniau,

Heidrick & Struggles

(IT, EN)

16:30

Expo Hall

Networking &
coffee

Meet the
Experts (A)

New Innovation Actors – Design &
Technology in the Interest of Society?

Vanessa Carpenter,

IdemoLab – Delta

Anne Dorthe Josiassen, Dansk Design Centre

Christian von Scholten, NorthQ

 

Meet the
Experts (B)

Business Innovation Observatory: Unlocking
the Potential of Business & Societal Innovation;

How to Scale Up

Gavriel Avigdor,

Innova SpA

Cristina Fernandez-Ramos,

DG ENTR

Laurent Frideres,

PwC Luxembourg

Laurent Probst,

PwC Luxembourg

René Wintjes,

VNU Merit

 

18:00

Galatea Room

European Enterprise Promotion Awards’
Ceremony

Presentation
of the nominees and announcement of the winners

Presented by Gianna Mazzarella, Giovani
Industriali, Confindustria

(IT, EN)

21:00

Networking dinner

at The Excelsior Hotel, Naples

 

Friday, 3rd October 2014

Stazione Marittima

08:00

Breakfast Briefing –

SBA Factsheets

Briefing for
journalists on the 2014 SBA Factsheets with the EU SME Envoy

Perseide Room

(IT, EN)

EEPA Breakfast

Nominees of the
EEPA awards present and share best practice

Moderator:
Thomas Cooney,

EEPA Jury Member

Elettra Room

(EN)

09:00

Galatea Room

Welcome from the
Chair

Antonio Polito

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DE, EN, FR,

IT, ES

09:05

Galatea Room

SBA 2.0 Growth Through Enterprise

The EU
SME Envoy, Daniel Calleja,
introduces the themes for the SBA 2.0.
Gunilla Almgren,
President of UEAPME and Marta Martí Carrera, BusinessEurope,
test the policies against the realities of doing business.

09:30

Galatea Room

Question Time

An
opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the SME Envoy,

moderated by the Assembly Chair

10:00

Expo Hall

Networking Coffee

10:30

Transatlantic Co-operation:

Benefits for SMEs

Interactive session on the opportunities for European
SMEs to invest in and trade with the US.

Part 1: Driving SME growth in Europe and the US

Galatea Room

Anthony
L. Gardner
, US Ambassador to the EU and Daniel Calleja, EU SME Envoy & Director General for
Enterprise & Industry, discuss the policies and practices pursued by the
US and EU to drive enterprise growth; followed by questions from SMEs

Chair:

Antonio Polito

Kim Benson, VP,

Cange International

Daniele Vaccarino,

President, CNA

(DE, EN, ES, FR, IT)

Policy
Session 5

Skills
for Entrepreneurship

Panel of experts followed by Q&A

Dione
Room

Ian Clifford, CEO, You Rock

Livia di Nardo,
Director for Development, JA-YE Europe

Efka Heder, SEECEL

Sabine Hepperle, SME
Envoy, Germany

Dražen Pros, SME
Envoy, Croatia

Moderator:

Marko Curavić

(IT, EN)

World
Café Session

The
Small Business Act 2.0

A moderated workshop on the priorities for a renewed
SBA.

After an introduction by Joanna Drake, Deputy EU SME Envoy and Director

for SME Policy,

Katarzyna Bałucka-Dębska, Ursula Hillbrand
and Christian Weinberger will
facilitate this interactive workshop.

Elettra Room

(EN)

Meet the
Experts (A)

Your Access to South East Asia:
Opportunities for Partnership

ValerioGiampiero Mazzone, EU
Philippines Business Network

Niranjala de Mel, ASEAN IPR SME
Helpdesk; EBO Worldwide Network asbl

Minna Saneri, EU
Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry; EBO Worldwide Network asbl

Meet the
Experts (B)

SME Transfer in Europe: Transeo
– Good Practices from Spain and Finland

Oriol Alba, Centre de Reempresa de
Catalunya, Spain

Jean-Pierre Di
Bartolomeo
, Transeo-Belgium

Sakari Oikarinen, Confidentum Ltd & Transeo,
Finland

11:45

Part 2:
TTIP – SME Chapter

Galatea Room

Experts
discuss the potential benefit for SMEs of an EU/US trade agreement; followed
by Q&A

Arnaldo Abruzzini,
Secretary General, Eurochambres

Lori Cooper,

US Department of Trade

Brooke Fishback, Health
Enterprises & US Chamber

Denis Redonnet, EU
Lead Negotiator, SMEs

Christina Sevilla, US
Lead Negotiator, SMEs, TTIP

Elena Stegemann,
Director International, NuStep

Moderator:

Wojciech Sopinski

(DE, EN, ES, FR, IT)

Policy
Session 6

Design
for Growth

Panel of experts followed by Q&A

Dione Room

Neil Gridley, Design
Association, Design Council

Andrew Kilborn,

Managing
Director, Orluna

Jane Oblikas, CEO,

Estonian Design Centre

Marko Sverdlik,
Chairman Proekspert

Moderator:

John Mathers,
CEO,

Design Council

(IT, EN)

SME Envoys Meeting

(upon invitation only)

Perseide Room

(DE, EN, ES, FR, IT)

Meet the
Experts (A)

Early Warning Europe

Peter Bausager

Søren Boutrup

Svend Røge

All: Early Warning, Denmark

 

13:00

Expo Hall

Networking Lunch

13:30

Expo Hall

Meet the Experts
(A)

Presenting the Commission’s Series of

SBA Guidebooks

Pertti Hermannek, author
of the guidebook on SBA implementation on a regional level

Christian Weinberger, Senior
Advisor on SME Policy, DG ENTR

Meet the Experts
(B)

Business Innovation Observatory: Smart
Factories, Clean Tech and Customer Experience – How to Accelerate the
Uptake of New Innovation Models

Laurent Frideres, Nuray Unlu Bohn,

PwC Luxembourg

René Wintjes, VNU
Merit

14:30

The Pitch

Would-be and
start-up entrepreneurs pitch for investment in their company in return for a
stake in the business. The audience decides.

Galatea
Room

Matan Beery, Akvolution

Daan Bergers, Qualenica

Tim Lagerpusch, Sugar
Trends

Samuel Lopez, Creiserds

Åsmund Frengstad, Meshcrafts

Judges:

Elbert Stoof, Get in
the Ring

Ari Korhonen, EBAN

Marie Laenen, Sendabee

Moderated
by:

Joanna Drake

SME Envoys Meeting

(Public)

Perseide &
Agave Rooms

Presentation
by Paraig Hennessy Irish One-Stop-Shop for
licenses

Presentation
by Ahti Kuningas
on

e-government in Estonia

DE, EN, FR,

IT, ES

15:45

Conclusions by Costas Andropoulos,
DG Enterprise

16:00

Close of SME
Assembly

  

Thursday 2nd &
Friday, 3rd October 2014

Stazione Marittima, Naples, Italy

ENTREPRENEUR EXPO

 

An
annual exhibition and networking opportunity forming the key focus for SME
Week; the Expo will provide a showcase for innovative European start-ups and
SMEs, as well as organisations who support
entrepreneurs and promote them. Exhibitors include:

Akvolution (Matan Beery), Anna
van Mills
(Anna Winkelmolen), Bluesquare (Dr.
Monica Gemelli), Bluesod Lab (Antonella Schiatarella), EEN Italy (Cristina Raffone), Epi-C srl (Gianluigi Franci), Erasmus
(Katarzyna
Bałucka-Dębska), Genomix4Life (Alessandro Weisz), Remocean (Vincenzo Vecchio), ZalozFirmu.cz (Petr Čížek)

MEET THE EXPERTS

 

These sessions will allow delegates to participate in
small interactive sessions with policy experts and practitioners on a wide
variety of topics
; these sessions will be held in two distinct seating
areas (A and B) in the Expo Hall

 

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