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EEPA 2022 shortlist – Supporting the Sustainable Transition

Following the announcement of the shortlist of finalists in the 2022 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA), we have been looking at the projects shortlisted by the EEPA Jury in each category. We have already introduced you to the shortlisted projects in Category 1, Category 2, Category 3, and Category 4; today we will take a look at projects from Category 5: Supporting the Sustainable Transition.

Previously known as “Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency”, this category recognises initiatives that promote a circular economy approach or that have specific environmental features, such as encouraging the use of recycled materials or renewable energy. The EEPA European jury has shortlisted three projects in this category, which we present in alphabetical order below. Let’s take a closer look!

Energy Cooperative WEnCoop – Greece 

WenCoop is the first women’s energy community in Greece and Europe, consisting of 66 women entrepreneurs. In collaboration with the Chamber of Chalkidiki, actions were undertaken to encourage female entrepreneurship in the country and underpin the role of women in the economy and in the energy sector in particular. Thanks to the efforts of the cooperative, the first photovoltic park in Halkidiki is expected to start operations soon and, in the near future, WEnCoop plans to develop another 3 MW of generating capacity. The next steps for the cooperative are to ensure that the energy produced is used in electro-mobility initiatives and to allocate free quantities of electricity to vulnerable groups of the population.

ScaleUp4Sustainability (S4S) – Germany 

To achieve the goals of the European Green Deal, cooperation is needed between various economic actors and the sustainable entrepreneurship sector. This approach is the focus of the EU-funded ScaleUp4Sustainability project, in which students and companies have jointly developed innovative ideas for sustainability. More than 270 students and 50 company employees in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands have developed over 230 sustainable business ideas, while at the same improving the skills required for entrepreneurial thinking and action. Around 20 companies and the environment have benefited from the creative solutions developed.  ScaleUp4Sustainability shows that collaborative learning with students and companies is essential to bring about sustainable change processes in the economy and in society. 

The WaterCampus Innovation Ecosystem – Netherlands 

Due to population growth and increased economic activity, there is a growing worldwide demand for clean water. However due to climate change, among other reasons, the availability of good quality water is under pressure. It goes without saying that innovation is needed to tackle the worldwide water crisis. Since it began, WaterCampus has been dedicated to creating environmental, social and economic impact and solving the water crisis with success. Today, WaterCampus Leeuwarden is the European hotspot of watertech innovation. The ecosystem’s technologies are implemented throughout the world, creating social and environmental impact, while at the same time the economy in the region and beyond is benefitting enormously.

What’s next?

The winners of this year’s competition will be announced at the EEPA Awards Ceremony, to be held at the annual SME Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, and online from 28 – 30th November. Places are limited at the forum, but you can download the Promoting Enterprise app, which will allow you to follow the event online and revolutionize your SME Week and SME Assembly experience with its many novel features.

We will be taking a closer look at the European shortlist in the other categories on the prompting Enterprise portal soon, so make sure to come back to the News Portal every week to learn more about each of the shortlisted projects that will be competing in the EEPA 2022 finals.

If you would like to find out more about the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, visit the European Commission website. For the latest updates, visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal – we will let you know soon who the shortlisted projects in the other categories are so make sure to check in regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

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EEPA 2022 shortlist – Supporting the Internationalisation of Business

The shortlist of finalists in the 2022 European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) was announced at the start of October. Since then, we have been taking a closer look at the shortlisted projects in each category. We have already introduced you to the shortlisted projects in Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3 and today we are announcing the projects in Category 4: Supporting the Internationalisation of Business.

It is important for start-ups to have easy access to international markets. Category 4 is crucial to the European Enterprise Promotion Awards rewards, as it focuses on projects that make it easier for enterprises, and particularly small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), to break into global markets, both inside the EU and globally. The shortlisted projects in this category are presented below, in alphabetical order.

HealthTech Nordic 2.0 – Sweden 

HealthTech Nordic is a world leading community for healthtech start-ups, improving the quality of life and the provision of healthcare services to patients, families, and professionals. HealthTech Nordic changes the way healthcare is provided and received. The solutions offered include care for mental health and chronic conditions, secondary prevention and much more. HealthTech Nordic efficiently resolves individual problems and systematic challenges while empowering the individual patients, their relatives and the professionals taking care of them. HealthTech Nordic 2.0 is stimulating the creation of 1 000 new jobs in the Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak region by contributing to the growth of start-ups, accelerating their development and helping them grow internationally. Thanks to the efforts of the initiative, 477 new jobs were created in 2020-2021.

sTARTUp Day – Estonia 

sTARTUp Day is the biggest and most start-up-minded business festival in the Baltic region. It’s a place where business meets celebration. Estonia is a springboard for unicorns, with the most unicorns per capita in Europe. The festival is a great opportunity to learn from world-class performers, network with people around the world, take part in a quick business meeting and find new partners, clients, investors or career opportunities. In 2021, sTARTUp Day brought together over 350+ start-ups, 160+ investors and 3 100+ start-up-minded visitors from 54 different countries. This year’s festival promises to be even bigger!

Ukrainian national project Diia.Business – Ukraine 

Diia.Business is the first Ukrainian national entrepreneurship and export development project operating at national, regional, and local levels. The project covers the full business development cycle, from finding an idea to its internationalisation, including participation in international trade events. The project has two components: an online portal and an offline network of 12 support centres for entrepreneurs. The total coverage of the online component of the project is more than 3.2 million visits. The total coverage of the network of support centres for entrepreneurs is more than 40 000 visitors.

What’s next?

The winners of this year’s competition will be announced at the EEPA Awards Ceremony, to be held at the annual SME Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, and online from 28 – 30 November. Places are limited at the forum, but you can download the Promoting Enterprise app, which will allow you to follow the event online and revolutionise your SME Week and SME Assembly experience with its many novel features.

We will be taking a closer look at the European shortlist in the other categories on the promoting Enterprise portal soon, so make sure to come back to the News Portal every week to learn more about each of the shortlisted projects that will be competing in the EEPA 2022 finals.

If you would like to find out more about the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, visit the European Commission website. For the latest updates, visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal – we will let you know soon who the shortlisted projects in the other categories are so make sure to check in regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

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SME Week Newsletter 2022: Issue #18

Welcome to the latest edition of the SME Week Newsletter

In this issue, we bring you up to date on all the latest news from the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) and give you some top tips on how to prepare for the upcoming SME Week Assembly. We also have news on the SME Week Youth Essay Competition – the jury is currently deliberating on all this year’s outstanding entries.

Also in this issue, we see how small and medium-sized enterprises have been impacted by Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and look at recommendations on how SMEs can emerge stronger from the turmoil.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you too – so please share with us stories that you believe will be of interest to the wider SME community, along with your news and updates to be featured in an upcoming newsletter, or on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.

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EEPA 2022 shortlist – Improving the Business Environment and Supporting the Digital Transition

Following the big reveal of the 2022 shortlist of finalists in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA), we are publishing a series of blogs on the promoting Enterprise portal to introduce you more closely to the shortlisted projects in each category. We have already taken a look at Category 1 and Category 2; today we will look at the shortlist in Category 3: Improving the Business Environment and Supporting the Digital Transition.

EEPA Category 3 rewards innovative projects and solutions that help create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. It also aims to recognise initiatives that support the digitalisation of the European economy. Let’s take a look at this year’s shortlisted projects in alphabetical order below.

LifeSciences@Work Venture Challenge – Netherlands 

The Venture Challenge is the leading programme in the Netherlands helping life sciences scientists to create impact with their research results. This usually requires long and expensive clinical validation studies. However, under the guidance of experienced entrepreneurs, industry experts and business coaches the Venture Challenge offers life sciences researchers the opportunity to develop the business cases needed to raise money to develop their ideas further, enabling them to reach the market and patients. Since 2008, more than 150 teams have participated in the programme, most of which have successfully started a biotech or medtech company. Together, these companies have already raised more than EUR 750 million in investments. 

Support for the City Centre – Germany 

“Bremen is becoming new” is the motto of the city centre on the Weser. Under a joint project with the Bremen Senate that aims to sustainably strengthen the city, WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH is implementing various specially developed concepts as part of the Bremen Action Programme and the Future Fund for the Inner City. These include concept store and pop-up store competitions, which help, liven empty retail spaces and provide opportunities for the public to try out innovative concepts, while at the same time increasing diversity in the city centre. Existing retail concepts are also promoted, helping to position themselves for the future. The Bremen city centre is benefitting from the measures through the arrival of new businesses and start-ups that create space for innovative ideas, occupy vacant properties, and generate jobs.

Enfuse – Ireland 

ENFUSE inspires and brings together local enterprises and master’s degree students who directly collaborate, innovate and mutually benefit from this collaboration. Local social enterprises are matched with students who work in teams. The students provide insights, propose solutions and ultimately present a tangible plan that sets out how enterprises can innovate, address challenges and develop opportunities. Each year since it began in 2019, the programme and its impact have increased as more enterprises, students and project partners have taken part. To date, 122 enterprises have received a plan to help them innovate and 566 students have enhanced their learning.

What’s next?

The winners of this year’s competition will be announced at the EEPA Awards Ceremony, to be held at the annual SME Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, and online on 28 – 30th November 2022. Places are limited at the forum, but you can download the Promoting Enterprise app, which will allow you to follow the event online and revolutionise your SME Week and SME Assembly experience with its many novel features.

We will be taking a closer look at the European shortlist in the other categories on the promoting Enterprise portal soon, so make sure to come back to the News Portal every week to learn more about each of the shortlisted projects that will be competing in the EEPA 2022 finals.

If you would like to find out more about the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, visit the European Commission website. For the latest updates, visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal – we will let you know soon who the shortlisted projects in the other categories are so make sure to check in regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

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Become part of the community leading the sustainability transition in the agri-food ecosystem! SMEs stand to benefit from the EU Code of Conduct

Food SMEs are strongly encouraged to sign up to the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices. By signing up to the Code, SMEs adhere to a common EU path for sustainable food production and consumption.  What’s more, SMEs stand to benefit not only from an exchange of best practices to guide them on their sustainability journey but also the chance to demonstrate their sustainability actions. Read on to find out more.

The EU Code of Conduct is a voluntary initiative, launched by the European Commission together with industry stakeholders under the EU Farm to Fork Strategy in July 2021. It mainly aims to improve the sustainability performance of the food processing, service and distribution industries. However, any actors active in the agri-food chain are also welcome to sign up to it. By signing the Code, food SMEs stand to reap various benefits, including the sharing of best practices, the possibility for joint projects and gaining access to support services provided by the Commission.

Despite not having the same resources as larger companies, many SMEs are leading the way in terms of sustainability. By signing the EU Code of Conduct, SMEs will be able to demonstrate their sustainability commitments and can benefit from European initiatives such as sustainability advice under the Enterprise Europe Network, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, and the European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre. In addition to benefitting from knowledge sharing around best practices, SMEs who sign up to the Code will get information on how to take advantage of these and other EU services to accelerate their sustainability journey.

The Code sets out principles, objectives and actions that associations and individual companies can undertake. In order to adhere to the Code, signatories need to make at least one commitment in one of the areas of the Code. Flexibility in terms of monitoring and reporting is foreseen for SMEs – those that are unable to report annually could provide simplified reports on their commitments only once every two or three years, for example.

In December, a matchmaking event will take place, organized in collaboration with the Signatories Group of the Code. The event will focus on topics of main relevance to agri-food SMEs, such as the uptake of resource efficiency technologies and deployment of renewable energy. Moreover, an online tool is foreseen for the beginning of next year, that will help SMEs adhere to the Code and evaluate their sustainability hotspots and needs.

A factsheet on the Code can be found here and for more information, you can visit the Code website. To read the Code in full, click here. If you would like to sign up to the Code, or would have any questions – please send an email to SANTE-CODE-OF-CONDUCT@ec.europa.eu or GROW-CODE-OF-CONDUCT-FOOD@ec.europa.eu.

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EEPA 2022 shortlist – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills

The 2022 shortlist of finalists in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) has already been announced, and now we are taking a closer look at the shortlisted projects in each category. We have already introduced to you more closely for the shortlisted projects from Category 1: Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit. Today it is the turn of the projects competing in Category 2: Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills.

EEPA Category 2 recognises initiatives that improve entrepreneurial and managerial skills. This year’s shortlisted projects, selected by the EEPA 2022 jury, come from Italy, Belgium and Cyprus. The projects are presented in alphabetical order below. Let’s take a closer look!

Bravo Innovation Hub Italy 

The Bravo Innovation Hub is an Italian development agency Invitalia’s business accelerator for the most innovative companies in the south of the country. The hub helps start-ups and new businesses to speed up their market entry and promotes vertical acceleration paths for start-ups in the most traditional areas of the Italian economy. The hub helps start-ups define, validate and develop their business models, gain access to capital market, find strategic and commercial partners and develop turnover. The Bravo Innovation Hub was born in 2020 and, by providing training activities, mentorship, networking opportunities and open innovation actions; it has already accompanied 20 start-ups from the south in developing and implementing their business ideas along sustainable pathways.

Love to be Free – Belgium 

With its ‘Love to be Free’ project, Belgian entrepreneurial association UNIZO is informing, connecting and representing self-employed entrepreneurs in Flanders, Belgium. The association has conducted research into flexible work in Flanders and mapped out the needs and concerns of freelancers in its Freelance Focus Report; furthermore, it has designed targeted support actions to meet these needs.  Various online and offline events are being organised to support freelancers, inform them, inspire them and provide them with a network. The association has addressed freelancers’ uncertainty about their hourly rate by providing an online hourly rate calculator. UNIZO represents the interests of this growing group of independent entrepreneurs by developing innovative proposals for policymakers on providing an optimal framework for the future of work.

Cyprus Seeds – Cyprus 

Cyprus Seeds is a non-profit organisation that supports scientific teams at Cypriot academic institutions by providing grants, mentoring, business skills training, and networking to bring their research from their labs into the market with a view to resolving worldwide problems. The organisation offers a unique opportunity for researchers to connect with an international network of successful entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and venture funds through its strategic collaboration with The Hellenic Initiative, the MIT Centre for Technological Innovation, and the Greek incubator egg.

What’s next?

The winners of this year’s competition will be announced at the EEPA Awards Ceremony, to be held at the annual SME Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, and online on 28 – 30th November 2022. Places are limited at the forum, but you can download the Promoting Enterprise app, which will allow you to follow the event online and revolutionise your SME Week and SME Assembly experience with its many novel features.

We will be taking a closer look at the European shortlist in the other categories on the prompting Enterprise portal soon, so make sure to come back to the News Portal every week to learn more about each of the shortlisted projects that will be competing in the EEPA 2022 finals.

If you would like to find out more about the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, visit the European Commission website. For the latest updates, visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal – we  will let you know soon who the shortlisted projects in the other categories are so make sure to check in regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

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EEPA 2022 shortlist – Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Following the announcement of the 2022 shortlist of finalists in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA), we would like to introduce you more closely to the shortlisted projects in each category. Today we will kick off with the projects competing in Category 1: Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit.

The first EEPA category recognises initiatives that promote an entrepreneurial mind-set, especially among young people and women. Every year, EEPA national coordinators select the top national projects, which are then narrowed down by the EEPA European jury. Below you can read in more detail about the projects shortlisted by the European jury in Category 1, which are presented in alphabetical order.

Entrepreneurial Kids – Poland

Entrepreneurial Kids supports creativity and stimulates entrepreneurial skills among children aged 6-10. The aim of the project is to shape entrepreneurial attitudes and develop among children the skills that will be sought after on the labor market in the future and that will contribute to the development of their professional careers. The project is implemented by the Faculty of Strategy and Entrepreneurship of the Lublin City Hall and the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology of the Maria Curie-SkŁodowska University, in cooperation with the National Bank of Poland. The project is innovative not only in the region, but also in the country. There has also been some international interest – it was piloted in 2021 by a school in Cambridge and, this year, in Lutsk – Ukraine. Further editions are planned in the future.

Entrepreneurial Poreč – Croatia 

Entrepreneurial Poreč is a project that promotes the entrepreneurial spirit in Poreč and surrounding municipalities. The project involves all generations from the youngest inhabitants to older experienced entrepreneurs. It brings together entrepreneurs, institutions, associations and other stakeholders in a spirit of volunteering, under the leadership of the city administration, with a view to strengthening the capacity of the city’s entrepreneurs and creating new jobs. The project has already achieved notable success, from year to year, the number of participants increases and there is a growing interest from people in other cities to participate in the project. Thanks to the project, children and young people want to become entrepreneurs and numerous locations in the city have become places of learning knowledge exchange and networking, which enables the development of joint plans by local entrepreneurs and those who are yet to become entrepreneurs.

The Global Limitless Conference – Austria 

The Global Limitless Conference is series of events dedicated to female empowerment and women in business. Its aim is to close the gender leadership gap and give more women a place at the decision-making table in the business world. The conferences feature high-profile speakers and include a ‘global coffee date’, sponsored by the COO of Facebook, to which more than 100-women specific initiatives were invited. The hybrid initiative, with events in Vienna, New York, Dubai, Singapore and Bermuda, has so far reached over 10,000+ viewers from 75 countries worldwide and gathered 100+ decision-makers from business, including IT entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Google Country Director Christine Antlanger-Winter and many more. They have shared their know-how with the next generation of female executives, boosting their confidence, competence and connections.

What’s next?

The winners of this year’s competition will be announced at the EEPA Awards Ceremony, to be held at the annual SME Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, and online from 28 – 30 November 2022. Places are limited at the forum, but you can download the Promoting Enterprise app, which will allow you to follow the event online and revolutionize your SME Week and SME Assembly experience with its many unique features.

We will be taking a closer look at the European shortlist in the other categories on the prompting Enterprise portal soon, so make sure to come back to the News Portal every week to learn more about each of the shortlisted projects that will be competing in the EEPA 2022 finals.

If you would like to find out more about the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, visit the European Commission website. For the latest updates, visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal – we  will let you know soon who the winners in the other five categories are so make sure to check in regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

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SMEs and the war in Ukraine

Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine is a tragic humanitarian crisis affecting millions of men, women and children. The economic impacts of the war have also been severe, with EU trade with Ukraine nosediving due to the war. A recent report from the SME Envoy Network looks at the economic consequences of the war and makes some recommendations on how to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) emerge stronger from the turmoil.

According to the report, which was put together under the guidance of SME Envoy for Denmark Torsten A. Andersen, the direct economic damage caused by the war will be significant for Europe’s SMEs. European businesses will be more adversely affected by the sanctions put in place as a result of Russia’s unprovoked attack on its neighbour than compared to companies in other large economies. This is due to their higher exposure to the Russian market, which is geographically close and has been a major supplier of energy and other raw materials. Russia has also been an important export market for many European SMEs.

Risk to SMEs

However, the report goes on to say that, the indirect consequences of the war may well prove to be more significant for European SMEs. Ukraine and Russia are key suppliers of a number of commodities that are necessary for a modern economy to function, from wheat to nickel and platinum. In addition, Ukraine also produces around half of the world’s neon, needed in the production of microchips.

The report notes that the impacts of the war may be disproportionately harmful for SMEs, which often lack the resources and global reach to seek out alternative suppliers and diversify their inputs in response to higher prices and longer waiting times. Moreover, as higher costs are passed on throughout value chains, SMEs may find that they have less bargaining power than larger companies do.

Recommendations for recovery

The report recommends that policy-makers should take steps to improve the competitiveness and economic vitality of Europe’s SMEs. New import and export markets should be cultivated for SMEs to offset the loss stemming from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The report also highlights the important role that trade promotion activities play in supporting, services such as the Enterprise Europe Network.

To help mitigate the negative economic effects of the war, the report stresses that efforts should be made to ensure good economic conditions are conducive to growth within the EU Single Market, so that greater intra-EU trade can provide an alternative for SMEs exporting to the Russian market.

Read the report in full here.

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EEPA 2022 – Meet the European shortlist

This year almost 200 National EEPA entries were submitted for consideration from 26 participating countries. The EEPA National Coordinators then selected 47 of these projects for the EEPA 2022 Jury to evaluate. The EEPA 2022 European jury met to make their final selections for this year’s European shortlist. 

The decision came after 3-hour deliberations, during which jurors selected some of the most inspiring examples of entrepreneurship and SME-friendly initiatives in Europe. The jury members were very impressed with so many good projects, which made their job difficult, but they were pleased with their choices. 

The selected finalists who demonstrated innovation, creativity and passion for supporting entrepreneurship, will meet at the SME Assembly 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic, on 28 November in the final round of the EEPA. The winners in each category will be announced during a special European Enterprise Promotion and Small and Mid-Caps Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations to all of the selected finalists listed below in alphabetical order in relation to the project’s names.

Category 1 – Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Category 2 – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills

Category 3 – Improving the Business Environment and Supporting the Digital Transition

Category 4 – Supporting the Internationalisation of Business

Category 5 – Supporting the Sustainable Transition

Category 6 – Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship

About the EEPA selection process

The competition has two stages. Applicants must first compete at the national level to be eligible to compete at the European level. For the national competition, each country selects up to two entries to be nominated for the European competition.

A shortlist of nominees is chosen by the EEPA 2022 European jury. The shortlisted nominees will then compete at the final awards ceremony, which recognises the winners for their efforts and gives them the opportunity to present themselves in a pan-European environment.

Make sure to come back to the News Portal every week to learn more about each of the shortlisted projects that will be competing in the EEPA 2022 finals.

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YEC 2022 – You have more time than you thought!

Want to know some good news? The deadline for submitting entries to the SME Week Youth Essay Competition 2022 is being extended to October 7! To the early birds who already submitted their applications – thank you and good luck during the selection process! The new deadline extension will give you the time you need to submit a winning entry.

The YEC jury will select three finalists to attend the SME Assembly in November, where they will present their essays to the 500+ delegates gathered at the assembly. The winning essay will then be selected in a public vote. The essays of all the finalists will be promoted across EU channels.

Don’t delay! Register here, and get writing!

Why and how to submit your essay?

Well, this year the competition asks young people to think about the theme: Our European economies are highly dependent on fossil fuel energies. How can future young entrepreneurs contribute to a more sustainable economy?

Are you full of ideas on how to reduce our fossil fuel dependence and eager to share them with a Europe-wide audience? Then the SME Week Youth Essay Competition is an opportunity not to be missed! 

Are you up to the challenge? To have a chance at winning a trip to the SME Assembly 2022 in Prague this November, all you have to do is to submit a 2,500-word essay in English on the theme above and submit it here before the new deadline of 7 October 2022.

So what are you waiting for? Get thinking about the future skills needed by entrepreneurs; get writing; and get in with a chance to be the winner of this year’s competition. Submit your essay  here before it’s too late!

Advice from last year’s winner

According to last year’s winner Kristina Dimova, “The people, the ideas, the future are the main pillars of the competition” and she says this competition “was a way to figure out if I’m capable of showcasing complex ideas in a simple yet compelling way”. Kristina adds that “the only competition you have is yourself” and “be brave”.

You can find more information on the previous editions of the YEC here. We will also follow with more advice and tips to help you with your entries, so make sure to visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram accounts and subscribe to our newsletter.

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