Are you a Poland-based organisation that works with entrepreneurs to encourage the growth of enterprise? Do you want to receive national and European recognition for your work?
If yes, then be sure to enter the Polish national competition for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) by Saturday, 21 May.
According to the national coordinators, interest in the competition this year has been fierce, which is reflective of how the awards tap into the current state of entrepreneurship. “The competition categories reflect significant social and economic challenges faced by local and regional communities in Poland,” says Marcin Zembaty from the Polish national coordinating team, who believes that the EEPA provide a great opportunity to discover innovative new projects nationwide. “We’re keen on learning whether new ideas and their practical implementation are happening across the country and seeing how people are encouraged to engage their potential, and enhance the wellbeing of local communities. Successful new ideas in one place can often be adapted by others elsewhere.”
If you’re considering entering the Polish national competition for a chance to compete at the European level, Mr Zembaty has the following advice:
Photo: Last year’s national EEPA ceremony in Poland
Why should an organisation apply to EEPA?
The main benefit of entering the competition is the opportunity to be get known and increase the visibility of your project. Another benefit is that this can allow for more effective mutual learning regarding the challenges mentioned above.
What has been the response so far?
We’ve had around twenty queries since we the competition was launched at the beginning of March. A similar number of queries may also have been directed to Regional Self-government offices.
How have you promoted the competition so far? Have you worked with any partners?
We cooperate with Regional Self-Governments (Urzędy Marszałkowskie) in disseminating information as they have regular contact with lower level public authorities in their regions (i.e. with counties and communities). We also ask partners and stakeholders to promote the competition on their websites and in their newsletters. I think this cooperation has worked quite well so far. In addition, we’ve also placed advertisements in two national newspapers.
Where can those interested find out more?
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