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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:

European Enterprise Promotion Awards – 2017 edition launch

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3, 2, 1…. GO! EEPA 2017 is here! Across Europe the EEPA National Coordinators have been working hard to get ready for the 2017 edition of the awards.

Throughout 2017 there will be important dates to remember, starting with today, 23rd February, which marks the opening of EEPA 2017 by the European Commission. The national deadlines will differ across countries but will all be before the European deadline for submissions, on the 3rd of July. This will be followed by the Jury meeting and the announcement of the shortlist by the end of September. Finally, the prestigious awards ceremony will take place on the 23rd of November in the Estonian capital Tallinn as part of the SME Assembly.

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Public bodies and public-private partnerships from across the EU Member States, as well as Iceland, Serbia and Turkey will be competing for the coveted awards, which go to the most imaginative and successful initiatives that support entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). All the information about the awards and application process can be found on the DG GROW website, and is available in all EU languages except for Irish. For 2017 there is a slight modification to the categories, and Category 5 ‘Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency’, has been suspended for one year.

The 2017 active EEPA categories are as follows:

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Interested in learning more about EEPA? Want to know what the awards ceremony is like? If you are thinking about applying for an award speak to your national coordinator and be sure to read the EEPA 2016 winner testimonials for some inspiration and advice. For more information about EEPA 2016 take a look at the shortlist and watch the ceremony below!

The EEPA secretariat team look forward to supporting you throughout the 2017 EEPA campaign. For support with social media, blogs and promoting EEPA in your country please contact Pavlina Dravecka promotingenterprise@gopacom.eu and for all other technical questions, please contact Andrew Dec, Secretariat Manager andrew.dec@LOWeurope.eu.

Stay updated with all EEPA news by following us on Twitter (@EEPA_EU and #EEPA2017) and Facebook (@PromotingEnterprise).

Download the Press release (doc).

Ideas from Malta – Will we see you there?

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Calling all innovators! Do you know what is going to be happening in Malta on the 7th of March 2017?

The Ideas from Malta event is a collection of Ideas From Europe and Malta’s entries for business solutions to global challenges. If you are working on an idea that solves a global challenge, this is your opportunity to get recognised and gain the support you need to maximise impact. You can also nominate others.

From power, water & housing to education, healthcare & finance, if you are a Maltese / Dual citizen or resident of Malta building a solution to societal and environmental issues, we want you! Whilst the official deadline has passed you can still submit your ideas for consideration, feedback and guidance here.

Shortlisted innovators will be invited to present their idea at an event to be held in Malta on 7th March 2017. The winner will be Malta’s representative for Ideas from Europe. All innovators who submit an idea will be reviewed and provided with opportunities to further their development, including access to mentors, internships, partners and investors.

This is a unique opportunity to gain access to the partners and funding you need to reach your goals. Let’s help you get there and maybe even further: to the Ideas from Europe finals taking place at the SME Assembly 2017 in Tallinn.

For more information: www.ideasfrommalta.com

SME Assembly 2016 – Refresh your memory with presentations

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As we prepare for SME Assembly 2017 in Tallinn, let us not forget about the success of the SME Assembly 2016 in Bratislava! The presentation from the SME Assembly 2016 is now available for you to look at here.

Want to have a look at some of the presentations from the SME Assembly 2016? Browse the list below to refresh your memory:

Day 2 – Thursday November 24

Day 3 – Friday November 25

10 Years On

Ladislav Ambrovics (MINIT Slovakia)

Kenneth Ryan

Scale Up Lab

Pieter Waasdorp (NLGroeit)

Policy Session Skills for SMEs

Rosanna Kurrer (Digital Leadership Institute)

Alberto Onetti (Mind the Bridge, SEP)

Masterclass – Crowdfunding: Yannig Roth (Marketing Director, WiSEED)

Policy Session – Single Market Lab

Stefan Vratny (EEN)

Policy Session – Creating a Collaborative Economy

Marco Torregrossa: Rethinking Work in the Collaborative Economy (Secretary General, European Forum of Independent Professionals Managing Director, European Sharing Economy Coalition)

Julia Rzepecka (VVA – Europe)

Policy Session – Accessing Alternative Finance

Pim de Bokx (Founder PIONEERZ Chairman DIA – Dutch Incubators & Accelerators)

Kristof de Buysere (Eucaps)

Philippe Gluntz (Business Angels Europe)

Policy Session – The Growth of Social Enterprise

Roger Spear (OU&RUC)

Nils Dreyer (Hilfswerft GmbH)

Joseba Sagastigordia (Mondragon corp.)

Ariane Rodert (EESC)

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This year the SME Assembly 2017 will take place in Tallinn, Estonia! Keep up with all the latest information, preparations and exciting announcements right here on Promoting Enterprise and we hope to see you in Tallinn…

Get ready for EEPA 2017…the launch is almost here!

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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:

SwedenHungaryPolandPortugal with the 10 years of EEPA celebration, and last but not least the upcoming SME Assembly 2017 host Estonia


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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

EEPA – The winners of the 2016 edition

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The SME Assembly 2016 may be over, but the conversation continues! Today is an opportunity for us to present to you the European Enterprise Promotion Awards winners from the 2016 edition. You met them here on the blog when they were shortlisted, but here is an overview of the projects that came out on top…


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Category 1- Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit, the winner was Lyon Ville de l’Entrepreneuriat (Lyon City of Entrepreneurship) from France. This initiative is a network of 46 organisations and 200 experts from across the region, working to promote the entrepreneurial spirit more widely, increase the number of businesses created and improve the robustness of new businesses. Each year, the network provides support to between 10,000 and 12,000 businesses and entrepreneurs, with 17 “access points” providing assistance, information and guidance. Experts provide support on the creation, takeover and handover of businesses and on aspects including how to grow or fund a business, start up and training.

In Category 2 – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills, the prize went to Enterprise Educators Academe from the United Kingdom. This project 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).

In Category 3 – Improving the Business Environment, the category winner was Portuguese project Leader SME programme. This entry annually rewards SMEs with the best financial performance and risk levels, as viewed by IAPMEI and Turismo de Portugal. The award offers public recognition of their successful growth strategies and competitive leadership, and winners benefit from more favourable conditions for accessing finance and other specialised business management support. In just eight years, the number of companies recognised has more than doubled from around 3 000 in 2008 to approximately 7 300 in 2015!


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Category 4 – Supporting the Internationalisation of Business, it was Human Security Finland that came away the winner. This entry is a national international development and crisis management business network. It assists with the building of partnerships between Finnish companies and experts aimed at assisting developing countries and crisis-hit regions with solutions to support sustainable development. The network combines business, education and research for human security. 100 organisations are now involved in the concept known as ‘crisis business’, which is based on commercialising human security expertise.


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Category 5 – Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency, the Lime Trees & Honey Bees for Sustainable Development of the Danube Microregion project from Serbia took the category prize. It strengthens the competitiveness of beekeeping in the Fruška Gora region and motivates young people to start beekeeping businesses. The project aims to increase the market share of Fruška Gora lime honey by investing in human resources and skills development, improved knowledge through scientific research, education and the introduction of new technologies. In addition, it ran a high-profile promotional campaign to raise public interest and created a marketing plan that changed the ad hoc approach of 8 beekeeper associations to a value-added, branded product, with export potential.  


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Category 6 – Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Dutch project The Rotterdam Business Case (De Rotterdamse Zaak), a work training company where students in higher vocational education and experienced business coaches help support entrepreneurs to improve their business practices and entrepreneurial skills, was the Jury’s winning choice. The project focuses on entrepreneurs who operate below the poverty line and are not financially able to find a solution to their problems. More than 600 entrepreneurs have already been helped through the combined efforts of experienced senior coaches, who act as a sounding board for entrepreneurs, and junior coaches who offer more practical support.


Finally, the Grand Jury Prize, which commends the entry that the Jury considers to be ‘the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe’, was awarded to Entrepreneurial West Hisingen from Sweden! Originally a competitor in Category 6 – Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship, this project supports the city district’s reputation as a hub of opportunities and entrepreneurship. It covers three projects: Entrepreneurship in education, Start your business, and Develop your business, which provide different styles of support to various groups ranging from schoolchildren, all the way to seasoned business people. 

Those who are left out by economic reforms will have their revenge

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On the first day of the SME Assembly 2016, acclaimed French economist, Professor Philippe Aghion, gave the Inaugural Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ Lecture, during which he warned that people in countries who do not share in the wealth created by reform, and feel ignored, will respond at the ballot box. He declared that reform must be ‘inclusive’ and spoke of the power of innovation to produce social mobility.

30397309743_ef1f04c0a9_zPhilippe Aghion is the Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics at Harvard University, an invited professor at the Paris School of Economics, and Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. He talked of the need for many countries to undergo fiscal and structural reform in order for them to truly prosper, but added that reform alone would not be enough – countries must still be open and innovative. Comparing the US economy with European ones, he asked the audience ‘why is Europe not growing as fast as the US; why after the crisis are we on a very low growth path in Europe; and how can you deliver growth across Europe?’, to which he responded that the US is more ‘resilient’ and growing faster than Europe for several reasons, including the fact that it has a more proactive ‘macro-policy’, is more ‘counter-cyclical’ and has a more flexible labour market.

30837110530_f5c05368a5_zSome European countries need structural reform, and he stated that investment in infrastructure and structural reform are complementary, and unless this reform is implemented, the disadvantaged will react accordingly. What is required is “good education and good training” in order to help them attain employment and share in wealth creation. Innovation is also key because there is a “positive relationship between innovation and social mobility”. So, he argued, we should “encourage and reward the reformers”.

31090518961_c63f61b89b_zProfessor Philippe Aghion delivered compelling arguments as to why reform is needed and how to go about aiding European economies to grow. He left the audience with much to contemplate including the following: “If we want to revive the idea of Europe, people to love Europe, Europe has to deliver growth. If we don’t deliver growth, it is over”.

The lecture was the first of the annual Schumpeter Innovation in Enterprise lecture series and is now available to watch here (37mins).

Read the press release and the lecture precis.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Fullerton

Press & PR Manager for the SME Assembly and EEPA 2016

Email: richard.fullerton@loweurope.eu

Tel: +44 7976 728 051

LAST CHANCE to attend the 2016 SME Assembly in Slovakia

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We still have a handful of places left for journalists at the 2016 SME Assembly, the most significant event for small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe. Travel and accommodation is paid-for by the European Commission.

The event is hosted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs, and Slovakia’s Ministry of Economy. It is an excellent opportunity for media to discover the latest developments, report on news and progress, and network at this highlight event of the year for Europe’s SMEs and entrepreneurs.

Now in its fifth year, this year’s Assembly will take place at the Incheba Exhibition Centre in Bratislava, Slovakia from 23-25 November. The Assembly is organised by the European Commission, in co-operation with the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Why you should attend

The SME Assembly focuses on how to make SME policy work on the ground. Around 600 representatives from business, government and academia from across Europe will attend.Presentation to the media of the Annual Report on SMEs by the EU Commission.

  • Keynote speeches from European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and other senior influencers and policy makers.
  • The inaugural Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ lecture, a prestigious standalone address to be delivered by renowned economist, Professor Philippe Aghion (the Robert C Waggoner Professor of Economics, Harvard University). Due to limited places, this lecture will be by special invitation only.
  • Attend the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) ceremony. In this 10th year, there will be a special anniversary celebration alongside the 2016 awards. You will be exclusively briefed in advance on the winners to enable timely reporting. Please view the awards shortlist.
  • Excellent opportunity to interview key people of interest to you. Media bids/interview requests will be taken.
  • Attend high-level policy sessions bringing together business leaders, policy makers and leading entrepreneurs.
  • Take part in a tour of Slovak Start Ups, Scale Ups and SMEs.
  • Get in the Ring – for the Global Start up competition we will challenge entrepreneurs to enter a boxing ring in which Starts Ups pitch for scale-up funding.
  • The Ten Years On session – what will the world of SMEs, Start- and Scale Ups look like in 2026? Includes the winner of our youth competition which asked, ‘What can the EU do to encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs?
  • And more – please see the full programme.

Naturally, travel and accommodation are free as you will be a guest of the Commission and Slovakian Presidency.

An event not to be missed. REGISTER HERE
The registration code is: BRATISLAVA

Please note that places are limited to 50, registrations will close on 15th November and that in principle, only one person per organisation can attend. If you have any questions, or wish to register after the official deadline has closed, please contact the Press & PR Manager for the SME Assembly and EEPA 2016 via richard.fullerton@loweurope.eu.

SME Assembly 2016 – Press release

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Acclaimed French economist, Philippe Aghion, confirmed as speaker at the Inaugural Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ Lecture at SME Assembly 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia


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Professor Philippe Aghion, the Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics at Harvard University, will give the address at the Inaugural Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ Lecture on 23rd November, the eve of the 5th SME Assembly organised by the European Commission.

aghion_0The SME Assembly takes place at the Incheba Exhibition Centre in Bratislava, Slovakia, and is hosted by the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is the highlight of the year for Europe’s SMEs and entrepreneurs, and focuses on how to make the European Commission’s SME policy work on the ground.

Professor Aghion is the recipient of several awards that demonstrate the very high esteem in which he is held by his peers, including the 2001 Yrjö Jahnsson Award for European economists under age 45, and the 2006 Schumpeter Prize of the International Schumpeter Society. The audience for the lecture will be a select gathering of government ministers, key officials, senior business leaders and entrepreneurs, academics, and media from across the EU.

Attendance at the lecture is by invitation only and there are 20 places for media. Those journalists wishing to attend should contact the Press & PR Manager for the SME Assembly (details in the Press release). They, and those who cannot attend, can receive an embargoed, ‘check on delivery’ text in advance upon request, and a video of the address will be made available soon after the event via the web.

Over 600 delegates are booked to attend the event which includes the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) ceremony. The Assembly is an excellent opportunity for the media to learn, report on news and progress, and network. Some places remain for journalists for the three-day event, for which travel and accommodation is paid-for, as you will be a guest of the Commission and Slovakian Presidency.

Contact Richard Fullerton, Press & PR Manager for the SME Assembly and EEPA 2016 to register: richard.fullerton@loweurope.eu

 

SME Week Newsletter: Issue #7

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SME Assembly 2016, EEPA Awards Ceremony

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The month of the SME Assembly 2016 is finally upon us – it is set to take place in Bratislava on 23-25 November, 2016. It will gather experts and entrepreneurs from across Europe with a common goal to collaborate on helping European enterprises strive and scale up in Europe and beyond.

The event will kick off with the Business Tours and the European SME Week Reception, both hosted by the Slovak Presidency.

The second day of the Assembly will include keynote addresses by EU SME Envoys and European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska, and Slovakian Minister of the Economy Peter Žiga.

After that – Get in the Ring! As part of the Global Start up competition we will challenge entrepreneurs to a pitching competition like no other seen before. The day will culminate in the presentation of the nominees and announcement of the winners in the EEPA Awards, followed by a gala dinner.

Friday will begin by celebrating the EEPA’s tenth birthday. The session Ten Years On will be dedicated to predictions on how the world of SMEs, start-and scale-ups will look like in 2026. The winner of the Youth Essay Competition ‘What can the EU do to encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs’ will present their prize-winning entry before an audience of delegates from around the world.

The rest of the day, participants will have the opportunity to participate and collaborate during the many policy sessions, workshops and master classes.

With seminars, pitch battles, an exhibition and so much more, this event is one to look forward to! Read more >>

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