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, Ivaylo Grancharov from the award-winning Brandiko project in Bulgaria reflects on the impact of winning an EEPA two years on…
Ivaylo Grancharov, Brandiko project at the Ministry of Economy in Bulgaria
|Organisation||Brandiko project at the Ministry of Economy in Bulgaria|
|Award won||Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills|
I accepted this award as the Oscar in our field of work. Given at the EU level, EEPA is the highest award in the field of entrepreneurship promotion. I didn’t expect it as it was the only time Bulgaria has ever been nominated for an EEPA. It was a big surprise – first ever nomination, first ever win – and the only one for us so far. This makes it even more precious for me and my country.
How did winning the award immediately impact your work?
The media attention was great. The Euronews programme, Business Planet, hosted by the great Serge Rombi, made a wonderful video about Brandiko. Some national magazines also showed interest. It was very flattering, and encouraging.
What response did you receive from your colleagues and peers?
My colleagues were very happy for me. We were grateful!
What has been the long-term impact?
After getting the award, Brandiko had its best ever season – record-breaking participation from school kids who wanted to be part of the project.
Why did you decide to enter the national competition?
As Bulgaria had never been shortlisted at the European level before, my motivation was that this project was good enough to portray the country as a place where projects for entrepreneurial support can happen and possess European-level quality.
How did you go about preparing your application and making it award winning?
I was very careful by presenting all the important details, and providing statistics to prove the project’s impact. It was important to provide accurate and to-the-point data and illustrate it in the most appropriate way.
What advice would you give to others thinking of entering?
If you believe you’ve done a great job with your project, don’t hesitate to show it to the world! Good luck, everybody! The EU is the greatest place in the world!