EEPA 2022 shortlist – Improving the Business Environment and Supporting the Digital Transition

Following the big reveal of the 2022 shortlist of finalists in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA), we are publishing a series of blogs on the promoting Enterprise portal to introduce you more closely to the shortlisted projects in each category. We have already taken a look at Category 1 and Category 2; today we will look at the shortlist in Category 3: Improving the Business Environment and Supporting the Digital Transition.

EEPA Category 3 rewards innovative projects and solutions that help create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. It also aims to recognise initiatives that support the digitalisation of the European economy. Let’s take a look at this year’s shortlisted projects in alphabetical order below.

LifeSciences@Work Venture Challenge – Netherlands 

The Venture Challenge is the leading programme in the Netherlands helping life sciences scientists to create impact with their research results. This usually requires long and expensive clinical validation studies. However, under the guidance of experienced entrepreneurs, industry experts and business coaches the Venture Challenge offers life sciences researchers the opportunity to develop the business cases needed to raise money to develop their ideas further, enabling them to reach the market and patients. Since 2008, more than 150 teams have participated in the programme, most of which have successfully started a biotech or medtech company. Together, these companies have already raised more than EUR 750 million in investments. 

Support for the City Centre – Germany 

“Bremen is becoming new” is the motto of the city centre on the Weser. Under a joint project with the Bremen Senate that aims to sustainably strengthen the city, WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH is implementing various specially developed concepts as part of the Bremen Action Programme and the Future Fund for the Inner City. These include concept store and pop-up store competitions, which help, liven empty retail spaces and provide opportunities for the public to try out innovative concepts, while at the same time increasing diversity in the city centre. Existing retail concepts are also promoted, helping to position themselves for the future. The Bremen city centre is benefitting from the measures through the arrival of new businesses and start-ups that create space for innovative ideas, occupy vacant properties, and generate jobs.

Enfuse – Ireland 

ENFUSE inspires and brings together local enterprises and master’s degree students who directly collaborate, innovate and mutually benefit from this collaboration. Local social enterprises are matched with students who work in teams. The students provide insights, propose solutions and ultimately present a tangible plan that sets out how enterprises can innovate, address challenges and develop opportunities. Each year since it began in 2019, the programme and its impact have increased as more enterprises, students and project partners have taken part. To date, 122 enterprises have received a plan to help them innovate and 566 students have enhanced their learning.

What’s next?

The winners of this year’s competition will be announced at the EEPA Awards Ceremony, to be held at the annual SME Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, and online on 28 – 30th November 2022. Places are limited at the forum, but you can download the Promoting Enterprise app, which will allow you to follow the event online and revolutionise your SME Week and SME Assembly experience with its many novel features.

We will be taking a closer look at the European shortlist in the other categories on the promoting Enterprise portal soon, so 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 2022 finals.

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 shortlisted projects in the other categories are so make sure to check in regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

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