We have already introduced you to the national winners in Category 1  of this year’s European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) that have made it to the next stage of the competition. Today it is the turn of Category 2 – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills . In total, 48 projects from this year’s 176 participating projects have been selected to advance to the European stage of the competition, including seven projects in Category 2.
EEPA Category 2: Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills recognises initiatives that improve entrepreneurial and managerial skills. This year, the national winners come from seven different countries and they will be competing for a place on the final European shortlist, to be determined by the EEPA 2022 jury .
So, let’s take a look at the shortlisted projects in Category 2. As we already mentioned in our post on the Category 1 winners – the projects selected by the Portuguese national coordinators will be announced only in September.
- Belgium: Love to be Free , from Unie van Zelfstandige Ondernemers (UNIZO), connects and represents freelancers in Belgium, offering various online and offline events.
- Cyprus: Cyprus Seeds  from CS Cyprus Seeds, provides financial, mentoring, and networking support to Cypriot academics in an effort to commercialise their research.
- Hungary: Vallalkozzokosan.eu  – online education platform, from Junior Achievement Hungary, provides online tutorials on economic, entrepreneurial and financial topics free of charge, especially for 12-25 year olds.
- Italy: Bravo Innovation Hub , from Invitalia S.p.A., is a business accelerator for innovative companies that helps start-ups and new businesses to speed up market entry.
- Slovakia: Inovácia Learn & Lead , from Learn & Lead Innovation, s. r. o., connects the world of education and entrepreneurship, generating interest in entrepreneurship and leadership among educators.
- Slovenia: Mosaic of Entrepreneurship , from Katapult d.o.o., is a step-by-step entrepreneurial course on turning a business idea to a successful business, with seminars, workshops and an open knowledge base.
- Turkey: Atolye Uskudar Programme , from Uskudar Municipality, is an Entrepreneurship/Innovation and Industry 4.0 ecosystem programme that serves as a FabLab to more than 250 entrepreneurs and scholars.
All the EEPA national winners will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony at the annual SME Assembly in November, where the winners in each category will be announced. This year the event will be co-hosted by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. At the SME Assembly, the jury will also announce the winner of the Jury’s Grand Prize. The winner can be from any category and the prize goes to the entry considered the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe.
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