Many countries held national Awards ceremonies to celebrate their national entries, below is an example from Portugal.
The President of the Board of IAPMEI, Professor Miguel Cruz, chaired a Ceremony to announce the 44 national applications in Portugal in July.
The session aimed to:
- Recognise and thank the commitment of all candidates
- Promote the visibility of the entries and projects, each candidate also received a participation certificate.
- Announce and reward the best projects by category and the runners up.
- Promote and share good practice and promote the European Enterprise Promotion Awards.
By joining this European Commission initiative, IAPMEI aims to promote and share “good practice”. It also aims to widen the visibility of initiatives that work as drivers of entrepreneurial activity in a range of ways, demonstrating the capacity and potential which is key in helping Portugal to become a more competitive country, IAPMEI’s President said.
Miguel Cruz added that due to the investment and growth challenges faced, a growth must rely on the diversification and sophistication of products and services, on markets’ diversification and on a strong trademark.
The session was attended by more than 90 participants, with a large representation of EEPA candidates, and to whom certificates of participation in the “EEPA 2015” were issued.
IAPMEI has been the National Coordinator for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards since its first edition (2006). Thanks to an integrated action plan, a good cooperation with stakeholders and a pro-active demand, IAPMEI succeeds in involving the participation of SMEs and stakeholders committed to sharing good practices resulting in higher levels of competitiveness and entrepreneurship. Throughout the nine editions of the EEPA, IAPMEI has distinguished approximately one hundred projects in Portugal.
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