The European Commission has launched the 2016 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards , a competition to reward the most imaginative and successful initiatives from public bodies and public-private partnerships that support entrepreneurship, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The competition officially starts today across all EU Member States and Iceland, Serbia and Turkey. In July, the two national winners from each country will be selected to compete at the European level and represent their country. Participants’ ultimate aim is to win the Grand Jury Prize, which will be announced in Bratislava on 24 November as part of the SME Assembly, the main European SME Week event.
How to participate
The competition has two stages; applicants must first compete at the national level and will then be eligible to compete at the European level. For the national competition, each country will select two entries to be nominated for the European competition by 1 July 2016.
A shortlist of nominees will be chosen by the European jury. All nominees from the national and European competitions will be invited to attend the Awards ceremony, which recognises the winners for their efforts and gives them the opportunity to present themselves to a pan-European audience.