EEPA 2022 shortlist – Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Following the announcement of the 2022 shortlist of finalists in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA), we would like to introduce you more closely to the shortlisted projects in each category. Today we will kick off with the projects competing in Category 1: Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit.

The first EEPA category recognises initiatives that promote an entrepreneurial mind-set, especially among young people and women. Every year, EEPA national coordinators select the top national projects, which are then narrowed down by the EEPA European jury. Below you can read in more detail about the projects shortlisted by the European jury in Category 1, which are presented in alphabetical order.

Entrepreneurial Kids – Poland

Entrepreneurial Kids supports creativity and stimulates entrepreneurial skills among children aged 6-10. The aim of the project is to shape entrepreneurial attitudes and develop among children the skills that will be sought after on the labor market in the future and that will contribute to the development of their professional careers. The project is implemented by the Faculty of Strategy and Entrepreneurship of the Lublin City Hall and the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology of the Maria Curie-SkŁodowska University, in cooperation with the National Bank of Poland. The project is innovative not only in the region, but also in the country. There has also been some international interest – it was piloted in 2021 by a school in Cambridge and, this year, in Lutsk – Ukraine. Further editions are planned in the future.

Entrepreneurial Poreč – Croatia 

Entrepreneurial Poreč is a project that promotes the entrepreneurial spirit in Poreč and surrounding municipalities. The project involves all generations from the youngest inhabitants to older experienced entrepreneurs. It brings together entrepreneurs, institutions, associations and other stakeholders in a spirit of volunteering, under the leadership of the city administration, with a view to strengthening the capacity of the city’s entrepreneurs and creating new jobs. The project has already achieved notable success, from year to year, the number of participants increases and there is a growing interest from people in other cities to participate in the project. Thanks to the project, children and young people want to become entrepreneurs and numerous locations in the city have become places of learning knowledge exchange and networking, which enables the development of joint plans by local entrepreneurs and those who are yet to become entrepreneurs.

The Global Limitless Conference – Austria 

The Global Limitless Conference is series of events dedicated to female empowerment and women in business. Its aim is to close the gender leadership gap and give more women a place at the decision-making table in the business world. The conferences feature high-profile speakers and include a ‘global coffee date’, sponsored by the COO of Facebook, to which more than 100-women specific initiatives were invited. The hybrid initiative, with events in Vienna, New York, Dubai, Singapore and Bermuda, has so far reached over 10,000+ viewers from 75 countries worldwide and gathered 100+ decision-makers from business, including IT entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Google Country Director Christine Antlanger-Winter and many more. They have shared their know-how with the next generation of female executives, boosting their confidence, competence and connections.

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 from 28 – 30 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 revolutionize your SME Week and SME Assembly experience with its many unique features.

We will be taking a closer look at the European shortlist in the other categories on the prompting 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 winners in the other five 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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