This year over 200 National EEPA entries were submitted for consideration from 28 participating countries. The EEPA National Coordinators then selected 47 of these projects  for the EEPA 2021 Jury to evaluate. Last Friday, the EEPA 2021 Jury met to make their final selections for this year’s European shortlist.
The decision came after 3-hour deliberations, during which jurors were trying to choose between some of the most inspiring examples of entrepreneurship and SME-friendly initiatives in Europe.
The selected finalists who demonstrated innovation, creativity, and passion for supporting entrepreneurship will meet at the SME Assembly 2021 in Portorož, Slovenia, on 16 November  in the final round of EEPA. The winners in each category will be announced during a special European Enterprise Promotion and Small and Mid-Caps Awards Ceremony.
Congratulations to all of the selected finalists listed below in alphabetical order in relation to the project’s names.
Category 1 – Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit
- Slovenia: Centre for Creativity (CzK) 
- Spain: Culinary Action! 
- France: Youth Awareness Weeks 
Category 2 – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills
- Germany: COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige 
- Lithuania: NO QUARANTINE ON THE INTERNET 
- Italy: Startup Super School 
Category 3 – Improving the Business Environment and Supporting the Digital Transition
- Portugal: “Digital Commerce” Program in Portugal 
- Germany: NEXT MANNHEIM 
- Austria: Region 4.0 
Category 4 – Supporting the Internationalisation of Business
- Ireland: Emerald Aero Group 
- Spain: Iberian Centre for Research and Forest Firefighting – Firefighting Open Innovation Lab-CILIFO (FOIL-CILIFO) 
Category 5 – Supporting the Sustainable Transition
- Portugal: AQUA+® Rating water at your household 
- Slovakia: ELWIS – Household-level waste tracking 
- Slovenia: Green Penguin 
Category 6 – Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship
- Sweden: Inkludera 
- Turkey: Opportunities for Entrepreneurs 
- Netherlands: Opstuwen Kringloopbedrijven 
About the EEPA selection process
The competition has two stages. Applicants must first compete at the national level to be eligible to compete at the European level. For the national competition, each country selects up to two entries to be nominated for the European competition.
A shortlist of nominees is chosen by the EEPA 2021 European jury. The shortlisted nominees will then compete at the final awards ceremony, which recognises the winners for their efforts and gives them the opportunity to present themselves in a pan-European environment.
Make sure to come back to the News Portal every week to learn more about each of the shortlisted projects that will be competing in the EEPA 2021 finals.