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EEPA 2022 National Winners – Categories 4 & 5

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We have already introduced you to the national winners in this year’s European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) that have made it to the next stage of the competition in EEPA Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3. Today, we are happy to announce the national winners in Category 4 – Supporting the Internationalisation of Business and Category 5 – Supporting the Sustainable Transition. From 186 projects that entered the national competitions, 47 projects will now advance to the European stage of the competition, including 11 projects in Categories 4 and 5.

Having easy access to international markets can be a critical factor in the success of any start-up. With this in mind, EEPA Category 4 aims to reward projects that make it easier for enterprises, and particularly small and medium-sized businesses, to break into global markets, both inside the EU and further afield, to benefit from the internationalisation of their business. Meanwhile, Category 5 recognizes initiatives that promote a circular economy approach or that have specific environmental features such as encouraging the use of recycled materials or renewable energy.

Every year the EEPA national coordinators select the top national projects, from which the most innovative are chosen to continue to the next phase of the awards, during which the EEPA 2022 European jury will review the entries and decide on a final shortlist. The projects selected by the Portuguese national coordinators will be announced at a later stage, in the meantime, let’s take a look at the projects in Categories 4 and 5 that have been selected to advance to the next stage of the competition:

  • Denmark: Aarhus’ Green Investment Fund, from the City of Aarhus, aims to provide funding and support collaboration between businesses and public organizations, to create and test new green technologies and solutions.
  • Estonia: sTARTUp Day, from NGO STARTUPDAY, is the biggest and most startup-minded business festival in the Baltics. It provides an opportunity to learn from world-class performers, network, participate in quick business meetings, and find new partners, clients, investors or career opportunities.
  • Germany: ScaleUp4Sustainability (S4S), from the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, develops and tests cooperation programmes between students and companies for the development of sustainable green products and business models.
  • Greece: Energy Cooperative WEnCoop, from the Halkidiki Chamber, Greek Association of Women Entrepreneurs – SEGE, is the first energy community for women entrepreneurs and their businesses in Greece and Europe.
  • Italy: EU Eco-Tandem Programme, from X23 Srl, is supporting European tourism SMEs towards green transformation and sustainable transition through innovation.
  • Malta: A fair Green Deal for Maltese Businesses, from the Malta Chamber of SMEs, aims to deliver accessibility to the Green Deal to every business in Malta.
  • Netherlands: The WaterCampus Innovation Ecosystem, from WaterCampus Leeuwarden, accelerates business and innovation in water technology and creates social and economic impact.
  • Portugal: Cartilha da Sustentabilidade dos Açores, from Açores DMO is an initiative of the Government of the Azores, promoted by the Regional Secretariat of Tourism, Mobility and Infrastructure, through the Azores DMO and aims to promote sustainable development throughout the territory. The booklet empowers all its signatory entities through workshops and consulting sessions specialized in sustainability.
  • Slovakia: Zelené strechy pre odolnejšie Slovensko, from Asociácia pre zelené strechy a zelenú infraštruktúru, supports adaptation to climate change by promoting awareness, good practices and implementing green roofs.
  • Sweden: HealthTech Nordic 2.0, from Innovation Skåne, is a world leading community for healthtech startup companies, improving health and quality of life for patients, relatives, and professionals. HealthTech Nordic changes the way of providing and receiving healthcare.
  • Sweden: The Total Concept, from CIT Energy Management, helps building owners to understand the financial benefits and opportunities of energy retro-fitting, making it possible to advance much further with energy improvements.

All EEPA national winners will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony at the annual SME Assembly in November, where the winners in each category will be announced. This year the event will be co-hosted by the Czech Presidency of the Council and the European Commission. At the SME Assembly, the jury will also announce the winner of the Jury’s Grand Prize. The winner can be from any category and the prize goes to the entry considered the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe.

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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

EEPA 2022 National Winners – Improving the Business Environment and Supporting the Digital Transition

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We have already had a look at the shortlisted projects in Category 1 and Category 2 of this year’s European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). Today we introduce you to the EEPA national winners in Category 3 – Improving the Business Environment and Supporting the Digital Transition. From the total 176 projects that entered the national competitions, 48 have been selected to advance to European stage of the competition, including 10 projects in Category 3.

Category 3 looks to reward innovative projects and solutions that help create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. It also aims to recognize initiatives that support the digitalisation of the European economy. Previous initiatives in this category included projects that support enterprise start-up and growth, or that simplify legislative and administrative procedures for businesses, for example. Let’s see what this year’s shortlist looks like!

  • Austria: Sharpen! Performance, from the Styrian Business Promotion Agency (SFG), aims to activate the regional ecosystem to make Styrian companies fit for international competition in digitisation and internationalisation.
  • Denmark: SME:Digital, from the Danish Business Authority, helps SMEs take advantage of business opportunities in digitalisation, automation and e-commerce, offering online guidance, individual advice, investment support, and skills and leadership development.
  • Germany: Support for the City Centre, from WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH (WFB), is implementing a specially developed, strategic concept to attract new users and property owners to shape the transformation process of the inner city.
  • Ireland: Enfuse, from Dublin City Council, inspires and fuses local enterprises and MSc. students who directly collaborate, innovate, learn from each other, generating mutual benefits.
  • Lithuania: Sutelktinės paskolos “Avietė”, from UAB Investicijų ir verslo garantijos, Investicijų ir verslo garantijos, Ltd (INVEGA), is enabling SMEs to borrow faster for riskier business projects through crowdfunding platforms.
  • Montenegro: Cooperation for Development of Cross Border Business Environment Enhanced, from Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre Tehnopolis, aims to strengthen the infrastructure and capacity of organisations, to improve services and to support the development of the business environment in the cross-border area.
  • Netherlands: LifeSciences@Work Venture Challenge, from Health-Holland; Topsector LSH, helps life sciences researchers to make an impact by translating their research results into a solid business case that can form the basis for a biotech or medtech start-up.
  • Portugal: Espaço Empresa, from IAPMEI – Portuguese Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation brings proximity service in multichannel and network format with personalized and specialized responses to the needs of companies and investors.
  • Serbia: StarTech: Innovation aiming for Stars, from the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED), aims to accelerate the growth of Serbian businesses and foster the transformation from a traditional to a digital economy.
  • Ukraine: Ukrainian national project Diia.Business, from the state institution “Entrepreneurship and Export Promotion Office” (EEPO) is a large-scale national project for the development of entrepreneurship and exports, implemented together with the Ministry of Digital Transformation.

All the EEPA national winners will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony at the annual SME Assembly in November, where the winners in each category will be announced. This year the event will be co-hosted by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. At the SME Assembly, the jury will also announce the winner of the Jury’s Grand Prize. The winner can be from any category and the prize goes to the entry considered the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe.

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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

EEPA 2022 – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills

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We have already introduced you to the national winners in Category 1 of this year’s European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) that have made it to the next stage of the competition. Today it is the turn of Category 2 – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills. In total, 48 projects from this year’s 176 participating projects have been selected to advance to the European stage of the competition, including seven projects in Category 2.

EEPA Category 2: Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills recognises initiatives that improve entrepreneurial and managerial skills. This year, the national winners come from seven different countries and they will be competing for a place on the final European shortlist, to be determined by the EEPA 2022 jury.

So, let’s take a look at the shortlisted projects in Category 2. As we already mentioned in our post on the Category 1 winners – the projects selected by the Portuguese national coordinators will be announced only in September.

  • Belgium: Love to be Free, from Unie van Zelfstandige Ondernemers (UNIZO), connects and represents freelancers in Belgium, offering various online and offline events.
  • Cyprus: Cyprus Seeds from CS Cyprus Seeds, provides financial, mentoring, and networking support to Cypriot academics in an effort to commercialise their research.
  • Hungary: Vallalkozzokosan.eu – online education platform, from Junior Achievement Hungary, provides online tutorials on economic, entrepreneurial and financial topics free of charge, especially for 12-25 year olds.
  • Italy: Bravo Innovation Hub, from Invitalia S.p.A., is a business accelerator for innovative companies that helps start-ups and new businesses to speed up market entry.
  • Slovakia: Inovácia Learn & Lead, from Learn & Lead Innovation, s. r. o., connects the world of education and entrepreneurship, generating interest in entrepreneurship and leadership among educators.
  • Slovenia: Mosaic of Entrepreneurship, from Katapult d.o.o., is a step-by-step entrepreneurial course on turning a business idea to a successful business, with seminars, workshops and an open knowledge base.
  • Turkey: Atolye Uskudar Programme, from Uskudar Municipality, is an Entrepreneurship/Innovation and Industry 4.0 ecosystem programme that serves as a FabLab to more than 250 entrepreneurs and scholars.

All the EEPA national winners will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony at the annual SME Assembly in November, where the winners in each category will be announced. This year the event will be co-hosted by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. At the SME Assembly, the jury will also announce the winner of the Jury’s Grand Prize. The winner can be from any category and the prize goes to the entry considered the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe.

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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

EEPA 2022 National Winners – Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit

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We are happy to be able to announce the national winners in this year’s European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) that have made it to the next stage of the competition in EEPA Category 1 – Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit. From 176 projects that entered the national competitions in 26 countries, 47 projects will now advance to European stage of the competition, including 14 projects in Category 1.

EEPA Category 1: Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit recognises initiatives that promote an entrepreneurial mind-set, especially among young people and women. Every year EEPA national coordinators select the top national projects, from which the most innovative are chosen to continue to the next phase of the awards, during which the EEPA 2022 European jury will review the entries and decide on a final shortlist.

And so, without further ado – let’s take a look at the innovative projects in Category 1 that have made it to the next stage of the competition. Incidentally – the projects selected by the Portuguese national coordinators will be announced in September.

  • Austria: the Global Limitless Conference from The Female Factor is an initiative that aims to enable the next generation of female leaders to get their seat at the table.
  • Belgium: Always on the Move. Your Guide to Entrepreneurial Success, from Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is an online tool that encourages budding entrepreneurs to reflect on all aspects of entrepreneurship.
  • Croatia: Entrepreneurial Poreč, from the City of Poreč-Parenzo, promotes entrepreneurial spirit in the city and surrounding municipalities.
  • Cyprus: Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nicosia, from Nicosia Municipality, promotes innovation and entrepreneurship in the city.
  • Estonia: Solaride, from Solarcar Estonia MTÜ, is building a solar powered car and educating youth as part of an interdisciplinary education and cooperation project.
  • Greece: Startup Universe, from the National Documentation Centre, aims to connect thousands of start-ups with the best minds and talents in the tech community, unicorn founders, investors, specialists and experts.
  • Hungary: Maintaining Student Organizations to enhance the Skillset, Entrepreneurial Attitude and Excellence of University Students, from the Youth Business Group Egyesület, promotes student excellence and encourages conscious career building at higher education institutions.
  • Lithuania: Accelerator_X – Praktinio Verslumo Ugdymo Plėtra Lietuvoje, from Lietuvos Junior Achievement, is working to develop key areas of practical entrepreneurship education targeted at young people in Lithuania.
  • Malta: StartinMalta, from Malta Enterprise, supports start-ups offering them a 360-degree service to start operations in Malta.
  • Poland: Entrepreneurial Kids, from the Municipality of Lublin, is a programme to support creativity and stimulate entrepreneurial skills among children aged 6-10.
  • Serbia: Ja, Preduzetnik (I, Entrepreneur), from Ja, Preduzetnik – Companies Connected Consulting, is an ecosystem with the mission to educate, connect and promote entrepreneurship.
  • Slovenia: PONI Gorenjska – POdjetno Nad Izzive, from BSC Kranj, is a project to promote entrepreneurship that can turn business ideas into real businesses within 4 months.
  • Spain: Empezar.TV, from Andalucía Emprende, is the first 100% digital reference channel on entrepreneurship made by and for entrepreneurs.
  • Turkey: Cyberpark Bigg Marka, from Bilkent Cyberpark, is a pre-incubation programme that transforms technology-based and innovation-oriented business ideas into qualified business plans and subsequently into enterprises.

All national winners entered into EEPA will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony at the annual SME Assembly in November, where the winners in each category will be announced. This year the event will be co-hosted by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. At the SME Assembly, the jury will also announce the winner of the Jury’s Grand Prize. The winner can be from any category and the prize goes to the entry considered the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe.

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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

Meeting the 2022 EEPA Jury – Caroline Mischler

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Following our interviews with 2022 European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) jury members Thomas Cooney, Selma Yilmaz-Schwenker, Outi Slotboom, Marian Piecha, Christel Delberghe and Thomas Wobben, we come to our final member: Caroline Mischler. Caroline is Director of the European and International Department of the Directorate General for Enterprise, at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. She offers more useful tips on how to develop a winning project.

Caroline Mischler is an economist who worked at the French national regulatory authority responsible for the electronic communications and postal sectors. After joining the Directorate General for Enterprise in 2005, she held several positions involving the design of public policies to support competitiveness, innovation and industry, before being appointed to her current post in 2019. Caroline is the French SME Envoy within the SME Envoys Network and the High-Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth.

What do you think makes this competition unique in Europe?

What makes EEPA unique in Europe is that it not only rewards excellent project developers, but its objective is also to increase awareness amongst European businesses of the importance of taking good care of entrepreneurship practices. The idea behind this competition is to promote good practices beyond national borders; it thereby contributes to the strengthening of the Single Market.

Do you have any advice for the participants on how to make their application stand out from the rest and include the information that you need to evaluate the project?

I would advise participants to focus their application not only on data but also on concrete examples of how the project is implemented and on achieved results. We will be looking very carefully at the actual impact of the project on European society.

What do you think the jury members will be specifically looking for in the EEPA 2022 competition?

The jury members will look for projects that provide concrete ways to deal with the challenges that we face today within the Single Market. I am thinking about the green and the digital transition of the European economy, as well as the impact of the war in Ukraine for European companies and citizens.

Which are the top three qualities you will look for in a winning project?

A winning project must be socially and/or environmentally impactful, innovative, and duplicable in other ecosystems.

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There is only a short time left to register for EEPA! Check out the national competitions that are still open!

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The EEPA national competitions are underway and are currently looking for the best projects to compete at national level. If you are from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Turkey, we have great news for you. The national competitions are still open in your country and you still have a chance to apply to the most prestigious European competition that rewards those who promote entrepreneurship and small business at the national, regional and local level.

If you want to participate, you can find your national EEPA factsheet with all the information you need here. For any further questions, be sure to contact your National Coordinator or the EEPA Secretariat.

For some amazing inspiration before applying, we recommend you take a look at the EEPA Compendium that showcases all projects that were shortlisted in the competition last year. It is the best way to get some insight into the awards process right from the source.

One last tip: make sure you read our exclusive interview with jury members. Thomas Cooney, Selma Yilmaz-Schwenker, Outi Slotboom and Marian Piecha have been the first four to give us valuable insights on the three top qualities they will look for in a winning project.

France and Luxembourg will soon communicate their own national deadlines, so make sure you visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal regularly to be up to speed. For all remaining participating countries – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, and Romania – applications are now closed.

For more information about the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, visit the European Commission website and for the latest updates make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

EEPA 2021 Testimonial – Inkludera by Inkludera

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We continue our conversations with the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) 2021 winners. Last time we brought you the story of Grand Jury Prize winner COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige by Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen e. V., who was also awarded first prize in Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills category at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards at the SME Assembly 2021.

Today we meet the Responsible and Incusive Entrepreneurship category winner, Inkludera by Inkludera.

Inkludera is supporting social entrepreneurs with unique solutions in order to scale them and make them financially sustainable. To accomplish this, Inkludera supports the entrepreneurs in building partnerships with the public sector. Since 2013 the entrepreneurs Inkludera supports have entered into over 900 partnerships with 108 of Sweden’s municipalities. These partnerships enabled the entrepreneurs to continuously work with 27 200 people in 2020 – addressing several different social issues.

Here is what they shared with us about their experience at the European Promoting Enterprise Awards 2021.

How did you first hear about the national competition and why did you decide to enter?

We are grateful that the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth nominated us, and we chose to enter to honor their trust and belief in us.

How did you prepare your application?

Two persons were involved in drawing up the application, which took 3-4 days in total. We prepared a tailor-made For us, the entrepreneurs that we support are always front and center. We wanted our application to be about them, and to share their stories.

What was it like to win the award?

We were honored and happy and we thank you for the recognition!

How did winning the award impact your work?

The award is a great testament to the work we have been dedicated to during the past decade and of course a motivation going forward.

What are your plans for the future?

Apart from continuous support of our entrepreneurs, we plan to spread our accumulated knowledge and experience of scaling social entrepreneurship to further strengthen the field in Sweden.

Why should others enter EEPA 2022? What advice would you give them?

We believe it’s a great forum for being inspired by other organisations. It’s important to be true to your cause and focused on impact – in your everyday work and in your application.

Do you want to watch other key moments from SME Assembly 2021? Relive the experience below!

EEPA 2021 Testimonial – COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige

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We are back with another European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) winner testimonial! Last time we brought you the story of the first category ‘Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit’ – Culinary Action! by Basque Culinary Centre from Spain.

Today we are bringing the story of Grand Jury Prize winner COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige by Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen e. V. was also awarded first prize in Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills category at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards at the SME Assembly 2021.

COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige, which is supported by the non-profit association Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen (ISI), supports migrant women with training and professional development, providing them with the skills they need to become self-employed. By providing free training, coaching and networking opportunities, both migrant women who are willing to start a business and those who are already self-employed, are enabled to put business ideas into practice and sustainably build up their own business start-ups in Berlin. The project is guided by the principle that migrant women stand up for migrant women.

Here is what they shared with us about their experience at the European Promoting Enterprise Awards 2021.

How did you first hear about the national competition and why did you decide to enter?

We decided to enter the EEPA 2021 upon invitation of the RKW Kompetenzzentrum, which conducts the German preliminary round of the competition. The program’s features caught our attention immediately, and we believed it was worth applying with our project “COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige”.

How did you prepare your application?

Two persons were involved in drawing up the application, which took 3-4 days in total. We prepared a tailor-made application, which not only included the general information about our project but also hard facts about its achievements and success during the last years. For example, we have provided information about the number of women attending our qualification offers and the variety of their individual features and needs, as well as concerning the increase of their individual skills progress, in terms of technical, methodological, social and personal competence. Moreover, we supplied a detailed description of the innovative traits of the project and our plans for further development in the next future.

What was it like to win the award?

If winning the award in the category “Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills” has been a big surprise on its own, the “Grand Jury Prize” came totally unexpected. It was an unbelievable, overwhelming feeling. It was such an honour to represent our team on stage and be able to dedicate the awards to all brave and amazing migrant women founders, who are the soul of our organization. We felt very proud of all of them and of our achievements. This international recognition is not only a point of arrival for us, yet most and foremost, a new starting point to grow and reach new goals.

As a project team, we are aware of carrying a big responsibility for all migrant women. As we won the award, I immediately experienced a feeling of relief. I thought, “okay, we are not alone in this. We now carry this responsibility, even at a European level, together with all stakeholders.”

How did winning the award impact your work?

Winning the awards had great resonance among our participants and partner organizations. We have received many congratulations and encouraging messages. Some magazines have reported about us.

But most important is that we make the most of the awards and their prestige in order to further promote the offers of the “COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige” and reach even more migrant women, to foster them on their way to self-employment. Thanks to years of fieldwork, we know exactly what the needs and wishes of our target group are and have the right know-how and solutions to support them in realizing their business ideas. The potential is huge. And our big success at the award ceremony gave us an extra boost to get the most out of our service for women entrepreneurs.

That’s why we are looking for the necessary financial and personal resources to achieve these goals. Any kind of support from concerned associations, foundations and authorities will be very valuable to us.

What are your plans for the future?

Our goal now is to make our qualification model for migrant women entrepreneurs known throughout Germany and, in the medium term, internationally. Where necessary, we also would like to improve and further develop our approach.

At this point, we primarily want to support refugee women, especially in their mother tongue, as well as migrant women in the pre-founding phase and those in the post-start-up phase. For these three target groups, we would like to implement specific demand-based concepts. Some pilot projects have already been carried out.

Fortunately, in 2022 our project will keep on receiving funds from ESF and the State of Berlin. Nevertheless, we believe that we could also consider further funding opportunities for the various concepts and different target groups. Only in the last three years, more than 600 participants have been registered in our database. These women still expect and need our help in order to have better opportunities to gain a professional foothold in Germany.

Winning the EEPA-Award allows us to hope for growth, and we want to take this opportunity now.

Why should others enter EEPA 2022? What advice would you give them?

The EEPA is a great chance to make your project more visible and cooperate with other organizations to spread information about your successful work. It gives you the possibility to present your project as a model, both at the national and international level and, ultimately, to reach your goals for a larger community all over Europe. Applying is definitely worth a try.

Do you want to watch other key moments from SME Assembly 2021? Relive the experience below!

European Enterprise Promotion Awards Class of 2021

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Over the past months, you have followed us as we showcased the best projects in the six European Enterprise Promotion Awards categories here on the Promoting Enterprise portal. The EEPA story of these projects reached its climax on the second day of the SME Assembly on November 16, when the winners in the six categories were announced.

We extend our warmest congratulations to our entire EEPA class of 2021 and in particular to our category champions.

Category 1 – Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Spain: Culinary Action! by Basque Culinary Centre

Category 2  – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills

Germany: COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige by Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen e. V.

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

Portugal: Digital Commerce Programme by ACEPI – Digital Economy Portugal in partnership with CCP – Portuguese Commerce and Services Confederation and with Municipal Council of Viana do Castelo

Category 4 – Supporting the Internationalisation of Business

Spain: Iberian Centre for Research and Forest Firefighting – Firefighting Open Innovation Lab-CILIFO (FOIL-CILIFO), Fundación by Delegación Fundación Finnova

Category 5 – Supporting the Sustainable Transition

Slovenia: Green Penguin, Iskraemeco, d.d

Category 6 – Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Sweden: Inkludera by Inkludera

Grand Jury Prize

Germany: COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige by Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen e. V.

The SME Assembly is not over yet! Make sure to join us for the final day of the Assembly to attend the streamed sessions. You can also follow the live coverage on Twitter @EEPA_EU. Haven’t registered yet? Last minute registrations are still possible but be quick! You can register here.

 

EEPA 2021 – Meet the Special Mentions

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Every year at the EEPA finals at the SME Assembly expert jury selects a number of projects for Special Mention. While these projects may not have made it to the finals, they nevertheless stood out to the jury due to their excellent work.

This year during the European Enterprise Promotion and Small and Mid-Caps Awards Ceremony the EEPA jury has awarded two Special Mentions from two different categories as an appreciation of their work.

Finland: DRAFT Program – Exploratory Entrepreneurship

The Special Mention in Category 1 went to DRAFT Program from Finland. Draft Program – Exploratory Entrepreneurship is a small but innovative entrepreneurship programme shared by five eastern Finnish educational institutions. It provides microfinance and coaching for student, staff and alumni teams.

The programme has developed an operating model for exploring entrepreneurship, where each customer team is seen as an expedition that produces locally relevant industry-specific information. Entrepreneurship coaches transform lessons learned from working with teams into useful publications – so-called “business developers” – that help to transfer local industry-specific good practices to other start-up entrepreneurs in the area. More than 60 useful publications have been created over the past 12 months, and nearly a dozen companies have benefited from the programme every year in recent years.

The Netherlands: The New Economy

In Category 5 – Supporting the Sustainable Transition, Special Mention goes to The New Economy, from MVO Nederland, a network organisation from the Netherlands that is teaming up with entrepreneurs to create a movement to reach a tipping point towards the New Economy by 2025.

The New Economy is one that’s future-proof. It is climate-neutral, circular and inclusive and is based on fair supply chains. The project has produced a New Business Agenda, which shows the quickest way to get to the New Economy, and supports this roadmap by facilitating innovation through collaboration and by lobbying to create an enabling environment. The project has a goal of reaching 20% of Dutch GDP earned in the New Economy, and aims to reach this tipping point by 2025.

Congratulations to the EEPA 2021 Special Mentions!

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      Belgium, Poland, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Greece and France are winning countries for EEPA Awards 2022. Today during the yearly SME Assembly, the most important event for small and medium enterprises in Europe, the European Commission announced the winners of the 2022 European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). The initiative recognises and rewards outstanding initiatives that support […]
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    • The winners of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards 2022 announced November 29, 2022
      This evening, we celebrated the 10th edition of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards, organised by the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), EuropeanIssuers and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs during the SME Assembly in Prague (Czechia). The Awards highlight excellent SMEs from across the EU that have accessed […]
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    • SME Assembly 2022 – Day 1 November 28, 2022
      The SME Assembly 2022, the most significant event for Europe’s SMEs has finally begun. The three-day programme, packed with panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses and award ceremonies, got off to a fantastic start on 28 November in the beautiful Czech capital of Prague. The O2 Universum was the first stop for the SME Envoy network, which […]
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    • Top economist calls on innovative entrepreneurs to translate new ideas into sustainable development November 28, 2022
      Speaking at this year’s annual Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ Lecture which took place in Prague, Professor Luc Soete, Dean of the Brussels School of Governance, emphasised the critical importance which innovative SMEs play in being engines of transformation for the European economy, but asked whether there is today a shortage of new ideas/knowledge on how […]
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    • Software for airports: how a Ukrainian startup helps fly around the world November 28, 2022
      Do you remember the feeling when you get to the airport? You seem to find yourself inside a large complex living mechanism of various organisations and service companies with thousands of employees. Technical support, emergency and rescue services, loaders, crews, warehouse facility and dozens of others. All of them are tightly intertwined, the comfort and […]
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