In 2017 305 National EEPA entries were received from 32 participating countries. 56 projects were then selected by the National Co-ordinators as the best of the best and were put forward for the European level of the competition.
Interested in finding out who will be competing for the European awards? What does each country have to offer this year? Promoting Enterprise will be introducing you to all the categories and national winners throughout the summer…so stay tuned!
Who will be judging the entries? This year the diverse EEPA 2017 jury is made up of eight representatives from across different sectors and professions:
|Kristin Schreiber (Chair) – Director, SME Policy & COSME, DG Grow, European Commission|
|Mr Thomas Wobben – Director, Committee of the Regions|
|Mr Christian Cardona – Minister of Ministry of the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Malta|
|Mr Viljar Lubi – Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication, Estonia|
|Karen Boers  – Co-founder & President, European Startup Network|
|Lisa Steigertahl – Co-founder & Director, European Startup Network|
|Ms Daniela Ölmunger  – Grand Jury prize winner of 2016 edition, Entrepreneurial West Hisingen|
|Professor Thomas Cooney – Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Dublin Institute of Technology|
The EEPA Jury will meet in Brussels in September to decide on a project shortlist for each of the EEPA categories . The shortlisted projects will be announced soon after the Brussels meeting, and the winner in each category will be revealed at the EEPA Awards Ceremony during the SME Assembly on 23 November in Tallinn, Estonia.
Keep up with all the latest EEPA news right here on Promoting Enterprise, and good luck to all competing projects!