You have already read about the projects shortlisted  in this year’s European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA)! Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to each project that has been carefully evaluated and selected by our EEPA 2021 jury . Last time you read about the shortlisted projects in Category 1 . Today it is the turn of the projects competing in Category 2: Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills .
The three finalists this year come from Germany, Lithuania and Italy. Their projects support the professional development of migrant women, empower young people with entrepreneurial skills and promote the development of e-commerce. Let’s find out more.
We are listing the shortlisted finalists in alphabetical order, beginning with…
COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige  – Germany
COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige, which is supported by the non-profit association Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen (ISI), supports migrant women with training and professional development, providing them with the skills they need to become self-employed. By providing free training, coaching and networking opportunities, both migrant women who are willing to start a business and those who are already self-employed, are enabled to put business ideas into practice and to sustainably build up their own business start-ups in Berlin. The project is guided by the principle that migrant women stand up for migrant women.
No Quarantine on the Internet  – Lithuania
After quarantine was declared in Lithuania, the entrepreneurship and export development agency “Versli Lietuva” came up with the business assistance initiative “No quarantine on the Internet”. The initiative focuses on the digitisation of business and the development of e-commerce and helps small and medium-sized businesses to enter the virtual space. Over 1,500 Lithuanian e-shops have used the initiative so far, more than 70 partners have joined in, and over 150 e-commerce experts have offered mentorship. During the big national holidays in Lithuania, residents gave each other a special gift card produced by the initiative, enabling them to shop at more than 100 Lithuanian e-shops, helping to support small businesses during the lockdown.
Startup Super School  – Italy
Startup Super School is a business simulation initiative that has involved more than 2,000 young people throughout Italy in training courses dedicated to learning business dynamics, increasing digital skills and achieving a heightened awareness of work dynamics. Through innovative approaches to teaching and a process of entrepreneurial empowerment, the project helps students to bridge the digital gap and enter the world of work and of new technologies.
Be sure to read about the projects listed in previous categories, and don’t forget to come back every week to meet more EEPA 2021 finalists!