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European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2014: Winners announced

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The seven winners of the eighth annual European Enterprise Promotion Awards [2] (EEPA) were announced in Naples at the SME Assembly [3], which is the cornerstone of European SME Week [4].

The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Encouraging Business Start-ups by Mothers with Young Children, a Hungarian project that seeks to help mothers develop the skills and mind-set to launch and run successful businesses. It offers online resources and training programmes. The project also holds the Entrepreneurial Women’s Roundtable to help mothers navigate the world of business and build relationships with one another.

Winners in the six official categories included organisations from Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal. These and many other initiatives encompassed areas as diverse as technology, sustainability and textile and proposed innovative solutions to a range of issues from pollution to lack of corporate social responsibility.

Below is the breakdown of winners and runners-up in each of the six competing categories.


Category 1: Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit


Lithuania – Mobile Apps Laboratories

Responsible organisation: App Camp, JSC [5]


Runners up:

Austria  AplusB build!

Responsible organisation: build! Gründerzentrum Kärn GmbH [6]

Netherlands – 20-80 Learning [7]

Responsible organisation: Willem van Oranje College [8]


Category 2: Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills


Bulgaria  Brandiko [9]

Responsible organisation: Ministry of Economy & Energy [10]


Runners up:

Germany – Brennerei Next Generation Lab [11]

Responsible organisation:  Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH [12]

Serbia – Western Balkans Business Challenge

Responsible organisation: Junior Achievement Serbia [13]


Category 3: Improving the Business Environment


Spain – Start-up in 3

Responsible organisation: Ministry of Finance and Public Administration (MINHAP) [14]


Runners up: 

Italy – Grow and Compete with Business Network  Contracts

Responsible organisationUnioncamere Emilia-Romagna [15]

United Kingdom  The Sharp Project

Responsible organisation: The Sharp Project [16]


Category 4: Supporting the Internationalisation of Business


Italy – Mirabilia: European Network of UNESCO Sites [17]

Responsible organisation: Matera Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture [18]


Runners up:

Netherlands – Get in the Ring [19]

Responsible organisation: Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship [20]

France –The Living Heritage Company Label

Responsible organisation: Directorate for Competitiveness, Industry and Services [21]


Category 5 – Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency


Portugal – AMS – Thinking Ahead

Responsible organisation: Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade of Portugal, Public Enterprise [22] (“AICEP”) in partnership with AMS-BR STAR PAPER, S.A. [23] (“AMS”).


Runners up:

Malta – EU LIFE+ Investing in Water [24]

Responsible organisation: Malta Business Bureau [25]

Turkey – Developing a Widely Applicable, Low-Cost Model for Clean Production in the Textile Finishing Industry

Responsible organisation: Uludağ Textile Exporters Association [26] (UTEA)


Category 6 – Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship


Germany –Wiesbaden Engaged [27]

Responsible organisation: Municipality of the City of Wiesbaden – Agency for Social Work


Runners up:

Poland – Consortium of the design “Construction and equipment of the Intramunicipal Vocational Rehabilitation Centre”

Responsible organisation: Polish Association for Persons with Mental Handicap, Szczecin Branch [28]

France – The Entrepreneurs Team

Responsible organisation: National Association of Designer Groups [29] (ANGC)


Special mentions:

United Kingdom  Primary to Professional

Responsible organisation: Gower College Swansea [30]

Austria – Sources of Strength

Responsible organisation: Industrie- und Wirtschaftsentwicklung Murtal GmbH [31]

Portugal – DO IT – Ideas of Portuguese Origin

Responsible organisation: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation [32] in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs