The 2018 EEPA Jury meeting (where the EEPA 2018 shortlist will be decided) is getting closer and so is the announcement of this year’s shortlist. In preparation for the announcement, we have been meeting the new faces of the EEPA 2018 Jury here on Promoting Enterprise including Anna van Nunen  and Dr. Matthias Tschirf .
Today we meet another new face on the jury, Jesús Casado Navarro-Rubio. Jesús is currently the Secretary General of European Family Businesses, a federation of 14 National Family Businesses associations based in Brussels. Having taken active roles on several association boards and advisory groups on both a European and national (Spanish) level, Jesús has cultivated extensive experience in the sector. Today he shares his thoughts on the EEPA and what kinds of projects he will be looking for this year.
What will make an EEPA project stand out for you? What will make it special?
In my opinion, the most important characteristic for a project to be special is that it is innovative. It has to bring something new and show creativity.
What top three qualities should a project have to make it onto the 2018 shortlist?
In order to make it onto the 2018 shortlist a project needs to:
- Be effective
- Be transferable to other countries and situations
- Contribute to a better and stronger economy
What makes a project worthy of the Grand Jury Prize?
In order to be considered for the Grand Jury Prize a project needs to be ambitious enough to be a game changer, to transcend the norm. I will be looking for a project that intends to create a revolution, not only an evolution.
Which is your favourite category and why?
All the categories are equally important but I do like “Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit” as it helps foster the entrepreneurial drive, and I also like “Supporting the internationalisation of business” due to it facilitating the scaling up of companies. These two categories are my favourites because the creation of new businesses and the scaling up of already existing companies are the cornerstone of the European economy.
What are you looking forward to at the SME Assembly 2018?
I am looking forward to meeting my peers again, and to participate in stimulating discussions that help me develop my work. I am also looking forward to going to Austria again as it is such a lovely country.
Is there anything you want to say to the applicants waiting for the shortlist announcement?
I would like to say two things to all of the national winners. Firstly, congratulations for having already achieved something great by getting this far! I would also like to thank you all for your contributions to creating a better Europe via your innovative projects.
Who else is on the EEPA 2018 jury ? Read about the other jury members here on the News Portal:
- Thomas M. Cooney  (Professor in Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology)
- Thomas Wobben  (Committee of the Regions)
- Lisa Steigertahl  (Entrepreneurship Consultant)
- Kristin Schreiber  (DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs)
- Matthias Tschirf  (SME Envoy for Austria, Director General for Enterprise Policy in the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs)
- Anna van Nunen  (Director of Innofest, Grand Jury Prize Winner 2017)