Thinking about applying for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) 2019? The first thing you should do is get in touch with your 2019 EEPA National Coordinator to find out about your national competition and for all the details regarding the 2019 entry criteria.
What about all the different categories, do you know what criteria apply? Where does your project fit best? Today on Promoting Enterprise we will take you through each category and have a look at some past winners to inspire your 2019 entries.
Grand Jury Prize
The Grand Jury Prize is awarded to the best overall project for the EEPA cycle that year. This prize is not dependant on category and goes to outstanding projects that are recognised on a higher level than in the category they entered.
- 2018: Lean Landing, Denmark
- 2017: Innofest, The Netherlands
- 2016: Entrepreneurial West Hisingen, Sweden
Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit
Projects in this category are recognised for their initiatives that promote an entrepreneurial mind-set, especially among young people and women.
- 2018: Piraeus Blue Entrepreneurship, Greece
- 2017: Enterprise Village, Estonia
- 2016: Lyon Ville de l’Entrepreneuriat (Lyon City of Entrepreneurship), France
Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills
Projects entering this category should possess initiatives that improve entrepreneurial and managerial skills.
- 2018: i2c STARTacademy, Austria
- 2017:Business Generator, Sweden
- 2016: Enterprise Educators Academe, United Kingdom
Improving the Business Environment
This category focuses on initiatives that support enterprise start-up and growth, and simplify both legislative and administrative procedures for businesses.
Supporting the Internationalisation of Business
This category includes an international perspective, and should be considered by projects that encourage enterprises and particularly small and medium-sized businesses to benefit more from the opportunities offered by markets, both inside and outside the EU.
- 2018: Kasvu Open – company growth sparring programme, Finland
- 2017:“Internationalisation 2015 – 2020”, Austria
- 2016: Human Security Finland, Finland
Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency
After a temporary suspension in 2017, this category came back in 2018 looking for initiatives that support SME access to green markets and help to improve their resource efficiency through, for example, green skills development and matchmaking, as well as funding.
- 2018: Matosinhos Carbon-zero Living Lab enhanced by local carbon market, Portugal
- 2016: Lime Trees & Honey Bees for Sustainable Development of the Danube Microregion, Serbia
Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship
The final EEPA category is for projects that promote corporate social responsibility among small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurship among disadvantaged groups such as the unemployed, legal migrants, disabled, or people from ethnic minorities.
- 2018: ProjectTogether, Germany
- 2017: ADIE (Association for Economic Rights Initiatives), France
- 2016: The Rotterdam Business Case (De Rotterdamse Zaak), The Netherlands
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