Final call! Deadline for Swedish national EEPA contest is 1 May

swedish flagThe deadline for the Swedish national competition for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) is fast approaching.

If you’re a Swedish-based organisation working within the enterprise promotion sector, then you need to submit your application online by Sunday, 1 May in order to be in with a chance of being one of two Swedish entrants in the pan-European EEPA.

The Swedish competition has six categories:

  1. Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit
  2. Increase knowledge about entrepreneurship
  3. Improving the business environment
  4. Increasing internationalisation
  5. Develop “green” entrepreneurship and resource efficiency
  6. Responsible and comprehensive entrepreneurship

We spoke to Swedish National EEPA Coordinator, Maria Evertsson, about what she’s looking for in a winning entry, and more:

What would you like to see from entrants this year? Maria Evertsson, SE EEPA NC

We would love to have good entries in the green entrepreneurship and resource efficiency category. This includes initiatives at the national, regional or local level that will help boost “green” employment and resource efficiency. This is a fairly new area that we would like to see more of.

Advice for those considering entering

To anyone thinking of nominating a project, think about the possible networking that you could gain. I’m positive the SME Assembly in Slovakia this year will be very interesting from a networking perspective.

Tell us about a previous project that won the competition and the impact winning had on their business

The nominees from the last couple of years are, predominantly, continuing to develop the projects and concepts that they were nominated for. Last year, for instance, we nominated the national web portal verksamt.se, which is continuously developing its information and services for companies at all stages of development, from start-ups to close-downs. The next phase is to provide better information on internationalisation.

The lady in the photo below (2014 Swedish national award winner, Sara Json Lindmark, Managing Director of Designlabland) has moved on to an executive job in her home region in North Sweden. Her project was about creating alternative job opportunities in a geographical area which is dominated by traditional industries, such as mining, and having creative companies working together with traditional companies.

On Sweden’s enterprise environment

Entrepreneurship has been a priority in Sweden for many years. It is part of the national curriculum in schools, but not solely to foster more business start-ups. Entrepreneurial skills and problem solving are important skills whatever you want to do in life.

If you’ve been inspired to be a part of this wonderful competition to recognise the best in entrepreneurship support in Europe, and are from a Swedish-based enterprise support organisation, enter the national competition today! Visit http://tillvaxtverket.se/eu-tavling.

Remember: the deadline for entries is Sunday, 1 May, 2016. So get entering!

2014 Swedish national award winner, Sara Json Lindmark, Managing Director of Designlabland

2014 Swedish national award winner, Sara Json Lindmark, Managing Director of Designlabland

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