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Where are they now? Catching up with past EEPA winners

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2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). In this new feature, we catch up with former EEPA honourees who’ve gone on to do great things since winning the award.

This week, Agnes Vida from the award-winning Gazdagmami Kft in Hungary reflects on the impact of winning the Grand Jury Prize two years on…

Agnes Vida, Gazdagmami Kft

Name Agnes Vida
Organisation Gazdagmami Kft
Country Hungary
Website www.gazdagmami.hu
Award won Grand Jury Prize
Year 2014

agnes VidaWhat was it like to win the award?

It was a fantastic feeling. When I started this project, not many people believed that a one-person small business in Hungary could achieve the kind of change that my company has achieved.

How did winning the award immediately impact your work?

We received a lots of press coverage in Hungary and in other European countries. The major Hungarian magazines and television shows started to cover our activities, so more and more people are looking to us.

What response did you receive from your colleagues and peers?

We’ve had many congratulations and acknowledgments. But what I’m most proud of is that a lot of our old customers who have started their own businesses with our help also thanked us.

What has been the long-term impact?

The number of participants in our free monthly presentations has doubled and all of our courses are running to full houses. Previously, people were sceptical about starting their own business, but now they’re more open to the topic, and trust us more. We have more connections in Hungary and throughout Europe, and are working on more new projects with other organisations.

Why did you decide to enter the national competition?

I wanted to showcase our project and results at a national level.

How did you go about preparing your application and making it award winning?

I collated all our activities and achievements from the past few years.

What advice would you give to others thinking of entering?

It’s a great experience to participate in such a contest that is measured at both the national and European level. I loved the atmosphere of the event in Naples and the presentations were very helpful. But I also wish to point out that another great aspect of the competition is that the ideas of all entrants are shared in a common database, where they can help the work of organisations in other countries through the sharing of good practice. If you complete the application form and share your ideas and the results of work, you help others to promote enterprise.

To find out more about Gazdagmami, visit the website or see the video.

Where are they now?

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The winners of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) are shining examples of the promotion of entrepreneurship. We recently spoke to last year’s Grand Jury Prize winner Agnes Vida, from Encouraging Business Start-ups by Mothers with Young Children. Her project helps mothers to acquire the entrepreneurial skills and mindset to start a business and make it profitable.  The project delivers online resources including a blog, Facebook page, e-learning training programmes and a weekly newsletter, as well as the Entrepreneurial Women’s Roundtable meeting to help mothers navigate the world of business and network with each other.  The project also hosts the annual Mother Company of the Year competition and the Business Mums’ Conference.

Agnes Hungary

What did you learn from your experience with the European Enterprise Promotion Awards?

When you work at home, it never occurs to you how much impact you might be having on other people’s lives. When we wrote the application for the awards, it helped us to collect all of our results and reflect on how many mothers have we helped over the years. Applying for the awards also helped us to think about and measure the impact of our work. That alone was a very valuable experience.

And of course it was a great experience and a big surprise for me to win the Grand Jury Prize!

What did winning the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 SME Assembly in Naples mean to you?

When you work for others, the best feedback is when your clients are happy. But external feedback – when your work is recognised and rewarded on national and international level is a great pleasure and honour.

How has your business developed since winning the Grand Jury Prize? 

We received a lot of press coverage in Hungary and other European countries as a result of winning the award. The major Hungarian magazines and television shows started to talk about our activities, which meant that more people were paying attention to our project. The attendance at our monthly free presentations doubled and our courses run at full capacity.  People had previously expressed their frustrations about starting their own businesses, but they are now more open to the topic and trust us more.

What advice can you give to other organisations wanting to take part in the Awards?

It’s a great experience to participate in such a contest and have your work assessed on national and European level. I loved the atmosphere of the event in Naples and the presentations were very helpful.

I would also like to point that the other participants’ ideas are all available in the public domain, where they can be accessed to assist the work of organisations of other countries. If you fill in the application form and share your ideas and the results of your work, you are helping others to promote enterprises.

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