We are happy to be able to announce 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 – Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit . From 176 projects that entered the national competitions in 26 countries, 47 projects will now advance to European stage of the competition, including 14 projects in Category 1.
EEPA Category 1: Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit recognises initiatives that promote an entrepreneurial mind-set, especially among young people and women. Every year 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.
And so, without further ado – let’s take a look at the innovative projects in Category 1 that have made it to the next stage of the competition. Incidentally – the projects selected by the Portuguese national coordinators will be announced in September.
- Austria: the Global Limitless Conference  from The Female Factor is an initiative that aims to enable the next generation of female leaders to get their seat at the table.
- Belgium: Always on the Move. Your Guide to Entrepreneurial Success , from Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is an online tool that encourages budding entrepreneurs to reflect on all aspects of entrepreneurship.
- Croatia: Entrepreneurial Poreč , from the City of Poreč-Parenzo, promotes entrepreneurial spirit in the city and surrounding municipalities.
- Cyprus: Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nicosia , from Nicosia Municipality, promotes innovation and entrepreneurship in the city.
- Estonia: Solaride , from Solarcar Estonia MTÜ, is building a solar powered car and educating youth as part of an interdisciplinary education and cooperation project.
- Greece: Startup Universe , from the National Documentation Centre, aims to connect thousands of start-ups with the best minds and talents in the tech community, unicorn founders, investors, specialists and experts.
- Hungary: Maintaining Student Organizations to enhance the Skillset, Entrepreneurial Attitude and Excellence of University Students , from the Youth Business Group Egyesület, promotes student excellence and encourages conscious career building at higher education institutions.
- Lithuania: Accelerator_X  – Praktinio Verslumo Ugdymo Plėtra Lietuvoje, from Lietuvos Junior Achievement, is working to develop key areas of practical entrepreneurship education targeted at young people in Lithuania.
- Malta: StartinMalta , from Malta Enterprise, supports start-ups offering them a 360-degree service to start operations in Malta.
- Poland: Entrepreneurial Kids , from the Municipality of Lublin, is a programme to support creativity and stimulate entrepreneurial skills among children aged 6-10.
- Serbia: Ja, Preduzetnik  (I, Entrepreneur), from Ja, Preduzetnik – Companies Connected Consulting, is an ecosystem with the mission to educate, connect and promote entrepreneurship.
- Slovenia: PONI Gorenjska  – POdjetno Nad Izzive, from BSC Kranj, is a project to promote entrepreneurship that can turn business ideas into real businesses within 4 months.
- Spain: Empezar.TV , from Andalucía Emprende, is the first 100% digital reference channel on entrepreneurship made by and for entrepreneurs.
- Turkey: Cyberpark Bigg Marka , from Bilkent Cyberpark, is a pre-incubation programme that transforms technology-based and innovation-oriented business ideas into qualified business plans and subsequently into enterprises.
All national winners entered into EEPA 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.
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 .