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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?
- Address actors with good local and regional knowledge who can help spread the word.
- Focus on the benefits for applicants in terms of visibility, European networking and international recognition.
- 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!
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:
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.
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).
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.
Are you an SME Week National Coordinator? Need some inspiration for your campaign? Look no further! Start your planning for European SME Week 2017!
Today we share the action plan developed by the Portuguese Coordinator for the European SME Week 2016 to present some ideas and best practices. The action plan covers various topics, from communication tips and communication strategies, to possible target groups, dissemination practices and how to reach the audience using social media.
The report, which you may find here, resulted in a total of 39 Portuguese organised events being posted on the SME Week Event Calendar. Use the calendar as a European platform to get international exposure for your events, get posting and see the results!
For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/support/sme-week_en
Today was the first meeting with all national coordinators for the upcoming launch of EEPA 2017. This first gathering gave us a sneak peek into all the exciting campaigns we can expect across Europe and on all sorts of different platforms.
Three inspirational presentations were given by the national coordinators who have implemented successful promotional activities in 2016:
The Netherlands: gained a lot of national press coverage and awareness through having their projects perform the bell ceremony at the Amsterdam stock exchange.
UK: created a media campaign to find the “most enterprising place in Britain”, giving them a great platform to recruit entries for their national competition and then create substantial media interest once the winners were announced.
Germany: for the last three editions of EEPA Germany has performed very well in the Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship category and Germany’s coordinator Juliane Kummer highlighted the effectiveness of personal communication, have a read of her interview from 2016.
Have a look at a selection of other EEPA campaigns:
Based on the ideas and discussion heard today we should all start getting ready and excited for all the EEPA 2017 activities coming up, so stay tuned and look out for all the announcements and information coming from your national coordinators!
To all the national coordinators, we wish you the best of luck with the upcoming campaigns and look out for our tips, tricks and other materials available right here.
Just before we go…don’t forget about the EEPA 2016 winners testimonials!