EEPA 2022 shortlist – Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship

At the beginning of October, we announced the shortlist of finalists for s year’s European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). Since then, we have taken a closer look at the shortlisted projects in each category. You have already had the opportunity to learn more about the projects in Category 1, Category 2, Category 3, Category 4 and Category 5; this time, we will take a look at the sixth and final category – Category 6: Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship.

EEPA Category 6 aims to reward projects that create innovative approaches to promote socially and environmentally responsible business. The shortlisted projects in this category come from Ireland, France and Spain. We present them in alphabetical order below. Read on to find out more.

co:worx project – Ireland

Co:worx is an ambitious project that has been implemented by a group of local community volunteers with the support of local and national co-funders. The project involves the repurposing and transformation of a derelict bank building in a rural town, transforming it into a digital hub. Co:worx is an excellent example of voluntary groups collaborating with their local authority and state agencies to develop ambitious plans for their town. The project is creating economic opportunities and providing remote working infrastructure, helping to sustain the town into the future. Co:worx’ values align towards a common goal – the sustainable economic development and participation of rural areas in Europe’s future, while building confidence and creating innovation.

French Tech Tremplin – France 

The French Tech Mission is a unique movement bringing together startups, investors, policymakers and community builders. Its mission is to make France one of the greatest places in the world to launch and grow global companies that make sense for our future. Through the French Tech Tremplin programme, the French Tech Mission enables people removed from entrepreneurship to create a start-up, anywhere in France. The programme aims to identify French-speaking aspiring entrepreneurs from less privileged backgrounds and to welcome them into the French Tech ecosystem. It improves their chances of success through funding, training and mentorship. The initiative is designed to level the playing field by mimicking certain advantages these entrepreneurs would have had easier access to, had they come from more privileged backgrounds.

Innovatia 8.3 – Spain 

Innovatia 8.3 is the result of a collaboration between the University of Santiago de Compostela and the National Women’s Institute of Spain. The initiative has two key objectives – to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of women in the scientific-technological field and to create an intervention model that integrates the gender perspective in knowledge transfer processes and in the process of creating technology-based companies. Innovatia 8.3 is committed to promoting entrepreneurship and the business capacity of women in the scientific and technological sectors in all Spanish universities in order to eliminate the existing gender gap in these areas.

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 – 30th November. 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 novel 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 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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