We have already introduced you to the national winners in this year’s European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) that have made it to the next stage of the competition in EEPA Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3. Today, we are happy to announce the national winners in Category 4 – Supporting the Internationalisation of Business and Category 5 – Supporting the Sustainable Transition. From 186 projects that entered the national competitions, 47 projects will now advance to the European stage of the competition, including 11 projects in Categories 4 and 5.
Having easy access to international markets can be a critical factor in the success of any start-up. With this in mind, EEPA Category 4 aims to reward projects that make it easier for enterprises, and particularly small and medium-sized businesses, to break into global markets, both inside the EU and further afield, to benefit from the internationalisation of their business. Meanwhile, Category 5 recognizes initiatives that promote a circular economy approach or that have specific environmental features such as encouraging the use of recycled materials or renewable energy.
Every year the EEPA national coordinators select the top national projects, from which the most innovative are chosen to continue to the next phase of the awards, during which the EEPA 2022 European jury will review the entries and decide on a final shortlist. The projects selected by the Portuguese national coordinators will be announced at a later stage, in the meantime, let’s take a look at the projects in Categories 4 and 5 that have been selected to advance to the next stage of the competition:
- Denmark: Aarhus’ Green Investment Fund, from the City of Aarhus, aims to provide funding and support collaboration between businesses and public organizations, to create and test new green technologies and solutions.
- Estonia: sTARTUp Day, from NGO STARTUPDAY, is the biggest and most startup-minded business festival in the Baltics. It provides an opportunity to learn from world-class performers, network, participate in quick business meetings, and find new partners, clients, investors or career opportunities.
- Germany: ScaleUp4Sustainability (S4S), from the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, develops and tests cooperation programmes between students and companies for the development of sustainable green products and business models.
- Greece: Energy Cooperative WEnCoop, from the Halkidiki Chamber, Greek Association of Women Entrepreneurs – SEGE, is the first energy community for women entrepreneurs and their businesses in Greece and Europe.
- Italy: EU Eco-Tandem Programme, from X23 Srl, is supporting European tourism SMEs towards green transformation and sustainable transition through innovation.
- Malta: A fair Green Deal for Maltese Businesses, from the Malta Chamber of SMEs, aims to deliver accessibility to the Green Deal to every business in Malta.
- Netherlands: The WaterCampus Innovation Ecosystem, from WaterCampus Leeuwarden, accelerates business and innovation in water technology and creates social and economic impact.
- Portugal: – To be announced at a later stage.
- Slovakia: Zelené strechy pre odolnejšie Slovensko, from Asociácia pre zelené strechy a zelenú infraštruktúru, supports adaptation to climate change by promoting awareness, good practices and implementing green roofs.
- Sweden: HealthTech Nordic 2.0, from Innovation Skåne, is a world leading community for healthtech startup companies, improving health and quality of life for patients, relatives, and professionals. HealthTech Nordic changes the way of providing and receiving healthcare.
- Sweden: The Total Concept, from CIT Energy Management, helps building owners to understand the financial benefits and opportunities of energy retro-fitting, making it possible to advance much further with energy improvements.
All 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 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.
If you would like to find out more about the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, visit the European Commission website. For the latest updates, visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal – we will let you know soon who the winners in the other five categories are so make sure to check in regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.
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