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SME Week Newsletter 2020: Issue #1

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Welcome back to the SME Week Newsletter!

As we begin 2020, Promoting Enterprise is here to bring you the latest in entrepreneurship, ongoing project calls, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards and so much more.

In this edition we will be looking back on the highlights of 2019, including the exciting EEPA ceremony and winning moments, the SME Assembly 2019 and the SME Week Youth Essay competition. We will also be looking forward to what’s coming in 2020, including upcoming project calls, events and EEPA 2019 updates. Enjoy the newsletter and do not forget to submit your news, articles and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue.

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SME Week Newsletter 2019: Issue #8

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The SME Assembly 2019 might be over, but the conversation is still going!

This year the SME Assembly 2019 was an important contribution to the upcoming SME Strategy from the European Commission. During the Assembly delegates experienced the enterprising nature of Finland with a visit to Team Finland, and an entrepreneur expo throughout the event. In addition attendees of the Schumpeter lecture listened to a passionate Mariana Mazzucato give an inspiring lecture the importance of state finance, particularly patient finance and the importance of government support for SMEs willing to innovate. The following days of the Assembly brought delegates together to discuss, hack and innovate in support of the upcoming SME Strategy and provide valuable input for its creation.The results of the Assembly will be shared in the ‘Online SME Assembly’ LinkedIn group which is open to all delegates, speakers and stakeholders.

Be sure to watch the SME Assembly 2019 highlights, and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for the outcomes of the SME Assembly, upcoming EEPA winner interviews and exciting updates! Enjoy the newsletter and do not forget to submit your news, articles and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue.

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SME Week Newsletter 2019: Issue #7

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We are getting closer to the event of the year…the SME Assembly! The prestigious SME Assembly 2019 is just around the corner and will be hosted by the Finnish presidency of the European Commission in Helsinki from 25 – 27 November 2019. Delegates from across the world will come together to hack policy, discuss enterprise and create the governance structure of the Small Business Act.

This year’s Assembly will feature renowned economist Mariana Mazzucato as this year’s Schumpeter Lecturer as well as a host of sessions on the most cutting edge topics for SMEs and the European enterprise ecosystem, on topics such as Sustainable Finance, the Future of jobs, Women in Finance, the Single Market and more.

One of the highlights of the Assembly will be the European finals for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards. 18 shortlisted projects will be competing for the six category prizes and the overall Grand Jury Prize, awarded to the project the jury feels has excelled in their contributions to the European enterprise ecosystem.

The Assembly will be both a physical and digital event with extensive coverage online brought to you by the Promoting Enterprise team. Make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the latest updates and check that you are following us on TwitterFacebookand Instagram to see what happens in Helsinki.

Don’t forget to keep visiting the News Portal for key updates such as the introduction of this year’s Schumpeter lecturer, sneak peeks at what this year’s Assembly has to offer and more! We hope you enjoy the newsletter and do not forget to submit your news, articles and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue.

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SME Week Newsletter 2019: Issue #6

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EEPA 2019 Shortlist announced

Welcome back from the summer! We hope that you have all had a good summer break and that you are ready for everything that Promoting Enterprise has to bring you in this edition of the SME Week newsletter.

In this edition we bring you the freshly released EEPA 2019 European shortlist, the latest on the SME Week Youth Essay Competition, updates to the SME Week 2019 calendar, introductions to the EEPA 2019 national winners and other exciting bits of news.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and do not forget to submit your news, articles and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue.

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SME Week Newsletter 2019: Issue #5

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A Summer of Promoting Enterprise

The summer is beginning, but that doesn’t mean that Promoting Enterprise is slowing down or not bringing you any news!

In this edition of the newsletter you can have a look through what has been going on, upcoming activities, the ongoing events calendar and how you can get involved with Promoting Enterprise. 

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and do not forget to submit your news, articles and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue.

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SME Week Newsletter 2019: Issue #4

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Youth Essay Competition 2019 – Launch

Youth are the future, and their voices, opinions and energy are what will shape the future of entrepreneurship and enterprise in Europe. Aiming to tap into this energy, the European Commission has launched the next edition of the annual Youth Essay Competition to find out what the leaders of tomorrow have to say. Be sure to look out across all social media for exciting competition news, as well as tips and tricks from past winners on how to submit a winning entry.

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) are still underway, searching for the best projects from across the participating countries. Do not hesitate to contact your national coordinators and have a read through this edition for the latest winner testimonials.

We hope you enjoy this latest edition and do not forget to submit your news, articles and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue.

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SME Week Newsletter 2019: Issue #3

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EEPA 2019 – Your questions answered

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) are a fantastic opportunity to be recognised for innovative initiatives in the domains of entrepreneurship and enterprise. Entering the awards can be daunting and the application process is extensive, so Promoting Enterprise has launched an EEPA 2019 FAQ series on the News Portal. This series answers common questions and provides anecdotes and advice from past winners, jury members and other EEPA stakeholders.

In addition to EEPA, the Promoting Enterprise team have been reporting on interesting events across Europe, including the European Social Innovation Competition and recent funding calls for new projects.

We hope you enjoy this latest edition and do not forget to submit your news, articles and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue.

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SME Week Newsletter 2019: Issue #2

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EEPA 2019 – 13 years of European excellence

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) are now in their 13th cycle and looking for the next winning projects to take their place in the EEPA hall of fame. The awards launched at the end of January 2019 and all of the National Coordinators are working hard to find worthy projects to compete for the national EEPA titles.

In this edition you can find more information on EEPA 2019 as well as all the latest Portal articles answering your EEPA FAQs and providing inspiration for EEPA 2019 candidates.

Let us know what you would like to see in upcoming newsletters and on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal and don’t forget to follow us across social media for all the latest updates.

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SME Week Newsletter 2019: Issue #1

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EEPA 2019 – Nominations open

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) are back again for another cycle to identify and reward the best projects from across Europe. Get ready to see the most innovative and inspiring projects from across Europe compete against each other to win a coveted EEPA 2019 prize.

Don’t forget to have a look at the upcoming EEPA 2018 Testimonials, given by last year’s winners, and have a look at the Promoting Enterprise News Portal for lots of other exciting content!

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SME Week Newsletter 2018: Issue #8

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SME Assembly 2018 – The highlights

That’s a wrap…for the SME Assembly 2018! Last week, from 19-21 November, the SME Assembly 2018 took place in Graz, Austria under the Austrian presidency of the EU. The theme for this year’s Assembly was ‘Connect.Share.Innovate’ and saw delegates, SMEs, startups and key policy makers bridging gaps, sharing skills and laying the foundations for future innovation.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the SME Week newsletter where we give you a snapshot of this year’s Assembly, including highlights such as the European Enterprise Promotion Awards final ceremony, and the SME Week Youth Essay Competition.

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