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SME Assembly 2022 – Day 1

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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 brought together envoys from across the EU to promote SME-friendly regulation and policy-making in all EU countries.  The delegates discussed how SME cooperatives could thrive during these challenging times.

At SME Assembly 2022, there is an expo which showcases some of the best and most innovative projects from Czech businesses.

The SME Assembly delegates enjoyed an exciting visit to the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). Market and user intelligence, support, officer creation and innovation are just a few of the reasons why SMEs should be innovating with EUSPA, which supports startups to develop solutions, connect with investors, get advice and find customers.

In case you haven’t heard about the EU’s activities in space, it includes (among others) Galileo, the global satellite navigation positioning system (GNSS) & EGNOS, which makes navigation signals more accurate and trustable for safety critical application.

The highlight of Day 1 was the Schumpeter’ Innovation in Enterprise’ Lecture. Professor Luc Soete took the stage at the Municipal house of Prague to give his presentation, which debated the role that small and medium enterprises play as essential drivers of innovation and growth.

Dr Soete’s speech focused on the importance which innovative SMEs play in being engines of transformation for the European economy. The Dean of the Brussels School of Governance asked whether there is today a shortage of new ideas/knowledge on how to achieve sustainable development, or is there rather a shortage of innovative entrepreneurs willing to take risks, and who are prepared, in periods of great uncertainty, to challenge incumbents who are often locked into fossil-fuel modes of production playing for time to write off their capital.

“We do not need political activists gluing themselves to old paintings, but need Schumpeterian entrepreneurs gluing themselves to new ideas,” said Prof. Soete

Professor Soete believes that SMEs and entrepreneurs have a key role in bringing new ideas and innovative ways of thinking to sustainability challenges, which threaten our environment.

You can find all about Professor Soete here.

Follow us online for day 2 of the SME Assembly 2022.

SME Assembly 2022 — A Little Guide to Prague

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The SME Assembly 2022 is nearly here! In anticipation of this year’s event, we’ve listed some of the best things to see, buy, eat, and (of course) drink in the beautiful Czech capital.

What to See

Take a walk along the Royal Route to check out some of the city’s most dazzling sights. Although less than three kilometres in length, the Royal Route is home to such attractions as:

  • The Municipal House — A classic example of Art Nouveau architecture built in the early twentieth century. There’s so Mucha to see here (pardon the pun).
  • The Old Town Square — It might be old and square, but the people you’ll find here are anything but
  • The Astronomical Clock — We bet your watch doesn’t also show you the positions of the Sun, phases of the Moon, astronomical cycles, and Christian holidays (unless there’s a new Apple Watch we don’t know about).
  • Charles Bridge — Visit the oldest surviving bridge built over the Vlatva River for some very pretty views of the capital.
  • The St Vitus Cathedral — Prague’s largest church, which also houses an impressive array of holy relics.
  • Prague Castle — Prague’s most visited monument and the seat of the President of the Czech Republic (and here we are sitting on office chairs …)

What to Buy

Leave some room in your luggage, because there are loads of goodies you’ll want to bring back!

  • Bohemian crystal — There’s crystal, and there’s Bohemian crystal. As Sade would say, this. Is. No. Ordinary glass.
  • Bohemian garnets — A hallmark of royal Bohemian jewellery for centuries, these red stones are truly dazzling. Just make sure to request a certificate of authenticity before buying any, as there are quite a few fakes out there.
  • Oplatky — Wafers that melt in your mouth (but hopefully not in your suitcase)
  • Beer cosmetics — Guerlain, Schmerlain. Dose up on some vitamin B with all-natural cosmetics (as well as shampoos and shower gels) made of beer. Your skin will thank you.

What to Eat

You’ll also want to leave some room in your stomach. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

  • Chlebíček — Scrumptious open-faced sandwiches you can find just about anywhere
  • Koláče — Pastries, traditionally filled with poppy seeds or jam
  • Buchty — These sweet yeast dough buns are straight out of a Bohemian fairytale. Literally. Legend has it that the Bohemian dragon slayers of old would snack on these. If buchty was good enough for them, it’s good enough for us.
  • Svíčková — Whipped cream, cranberry sauce, and beef. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but tastes heavenly. As far as Czech dishes go, it doesn’t get more iconic than this.

What to Drink

  • Beer — Obviously. A trip to Prague wouldn’t be a trip to Prague without the golden pilsners (named after the city of Pilsen) the Czech Republic is famous for. By all means, indulge in pints of Pilsner Urquell and other local brews; just do so responsibly. Otherwise, you might find yourself constantly asking your friends, like Steve Urkel (no relation), ’Did I do that!?’
  • Kofola — We’d love to buy the world a … Kofola! One sip is all it takes to see why this Communist-era take on Coca-Cola is still around.
  • Moravian wine — Pair a glass with some svíčková and watch the magic happen
  • Becherovka — The Czech are so secretive about the recipe of this herbal aperitif that only two people in the world know it at any given time. Have a sip and you’ll see why.

The SME Assembly 2022 kicks off in Prague on November 28. Although the Assembly is fully booked, you can livestream and participate in the event online via the SME Assembly app. Register here.

SME Assembly 2022 – A Sneak Peek at this Year’s Programme (Part 2)

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There are loads of incredible workshops to participate in at this year’s event, as well as two masterclasses. You can livestream them using the Promoting Enterprise app.

Aside from the awards to be presented, keynote speeches to be delivered, talks by renowned policymakers to be given, and Luc Soete’s Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ lecture, the SME Assembly 2022 will feature a host of educational workshops and masterclasses.

Workshops

This year’s workshops will primarily deal with sustainability and the digital transformation. In these workshops, attendees will collaboratively learn about subjects like:

  • Technological ‘upskilling’
  • SMEs and carbon-neutrality
  • Circular economies
  • Green investing
  • The digital transformation

Workshops will also be offered in:

  • Female entrepreneurship
  • Regional industrialisation
  • Aerospace technology and data opportunities
  • SME financing

In addition, attendees will be able to learn from the success stories of young European entrepreneurs in the ‘33 Under 33’ workshop.

Masterclasses

On November 29, a masterclass in sustainability (‘Supporting the Sustainable Transition’) will be held, as will one in which the key findings of an SME test project will be presented.

Discover the full programme here.

Download the Promoting Enterprise app to livestream this year’s workshops and masterclasses, as well as attend various webinars.

SME Assembly 2022 — Meet This Year’s Schumpeter Lecturer, Dr Luc Soete

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At each SME Assembly, a leading figure in European entrepreneurship delivers our Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ lecture. Meet Professor Luc Soete, Dean of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG), VUB who, in just a few days, will be delivering this year’s lecture (which you can livestream via the Promoting Enterprise app).

The SME Assembly is excited to welcome Dr Luc Soete as this year’s Schumpeter lecturer. Dr Soete — who will speak about innovation in enterprise on the first day of the SME Assembly 2022 (November 28 – 30) — is the former Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University and the current dean of the Brussels School of Governance. Outside Europe, he has taught at leading institutions such as Stanford University.

An internationally acclaimed economist, Dr Soete has written numerous book chapters, and articles. He has also received numerous awards, including a Maastricht School of Management Honorary Fellow Award (2002); Commandeur in de Kroonorde (2007); and a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Ghent (2010).

Dr Soete’s research focuses on innovation and technology and policy and measurement-related issues surrounding both.

In addition to his work in academia, Dr Soete is a member of the European Commission’s Economic and Social Impact of Research (ESIR) expert group and a co-chair of the Scientific Committee of the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Read more about Dr Soete and follow up on the online event downloading the Promoting Enterprise app, via which you can livestream his lecture as well as other presentations and events.

SME Assembly 2022 — A Sneak Peek at this Year’s Programme (Part 1)

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The countdown to Europe’s premier SME event has begun! This year’s edition of the SME Assembly will take place between November 28 and 30 in Prague. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store for those attending in person (and online!).

The SME Assembly 2022 will be hosted by actress Lejla Abbasová (Prince Caspian) and will be packed with educational workshops, masterclasses, webinars, networking opportunities, and inspiring presentations by key European figures in entrepreneurship and innovation. Numerous awards will also be presented throughout the three-day-long event in the picturesque Czech capital.

To kick-off the SME Assembly 2022, attendees will be treated to a tour of the headquarters of the European Space Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). Later that day, Professor Luc Soete, Dean of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG), VUB will deliver the Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ lecture. Jozef Sikela, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, and Thierry Breton, Member of the European Commission for the Internal Market, will also deliver keynote speeches. Attendees can expect to hear from the European Commission’s Director for Strategy, Outi Slotboom, as well as other notable policymakers, on the final day of the event.

This year’s workshops and masterclasses will revolve around subjects like sustainability, digital transformation, and female entrepreneurship, amongst many others.

Throughout the event, the winners of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards; European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA); and the Youth Essay Competition will be announced. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with one another during receptions, dinners, and breaks. All attendees both onsite and offline connect and network on the Promoting Enterprise app before, during and after the event.

This year’s event is fully booked. Download the Promoting Enterprise app to livestream and participate in the SME Assembly 2022 online.

Attend the SME Assembly online

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Last chance to register now for the SME Assembly 2022

The SME Assembly is the most significant event for Europe’s SMEs and entrepreneurs, and those that support them. It focuses on how to make SME policy work on the ground, in order for Europe’s SMEs and entrepreneurs to thrive.

The SME Assembly 2022, along with the Small and Mid-Cap and European Enterprise Promotions Awards Ceremony will take place in Prague, Czech Republic and online from 28-30 November 2022.

The event will be hosted by the European Commission and the Czech Republic Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This year’s SME Assembly will focus on Europe’s enterprises of tomorrow: Sustainable. Resilient. Digital.

It is free to attend the SME Assembly online, so make sure to register and tune in!

Why attend?

Join the 3-day event to hear the latest insights on all matters related to Europe’s SMEs and entrepreneurs on topics ranging from digital transformation, world of business, sustainable enterprises, upskilling, circular economy, helping SMEs adapt and thrive and much more!

Discover the full programme here.

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What’s included?

  • Keynote session from Jozef Sikela, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and Thierry Breton, Member of the European Commission for the Internal Market.
  • Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ Lecture with Professor Luc Soete, Dean of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG).
  • Over 90 expert speakers, and 23 sessions.
  • Networking opportunities with other participants on the app.
  • Live polls and Q&As.
  • Watch the sessions live or rewatch any which you missed out on.

How to attend the SME Assembly 2022 online?

It is free to attend the SME Assembly online, here’s the quick and easy steps you need to follow to attend online:

  1. Sign up to the SME Assembly Conference App here via Swapcard.
  2. Fill in your registration details and then click ‘Finish Registration’.
  3. You will then receive an email from SME Assembly 2022 (via Swapcard) – inviting you to finish the setup of your Swapcard account by creating your password and then clicking ‘Access the App”. Please check your junk inbox to make sure you have received it.
  4. Once your account is created on Swapcard, we recommend you to download the Swapcard app on your smart device.
  5. You can access the SME Assembly Conference App in Swapcard or you can access it on the browse via this link.
  6. Then join us online from 28 – 30 November 2022.

Already registered? Make sure to join the SME Assembly 2022 live on the app here.

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

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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.

The voice of experience: 2019 YEC winner Radu Dumitrescu has some advice

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As the September 26 deadline approaches for submitting an entry in this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition, on the Promoting Enterprise portal we have been speaking to previous winners to see what advice they have for this year’s participants. We have already heard from 2018 winner Marija Borg. This time it is the turn of 2019 winner Radu Dumitrescu.

In 2019, the competition asked young people aged 18-25 to prepare a speech from the perspective of the new Commissioner for SMEs and Entrepreneurship addressed to Europe’s entrepreneurs. Radu impressed the jury with his entry Silicon Europe 2030, outlining proposed measures to support European SMEs. Radu has some top tips for this year’s entrants, so read on to see what he has to say!

How would you approach this year’s theme?

Energy has proven to be a crucial topic for policies in the coming years. Young European entrepreneurs and their peers are among the most aware of our fossil fuel dependency, not to mention its environmental and even political costs. They see it as a heavy iron ball connected to our feet by a chain that is proving hard to break. As citizens and entrepreneurs, I believe they’ve realized that we’ve been using fossil fuels from countries ruled by authoritarian governments for far too long now, propping them up with our money.

A more sustainable European economy not only means smog-free cities, healthier food, and better overall quality of life. It means a safer, more democratic, freer Europe. A greener EU, and not one that simply exports its pollution, could have rendered Putin powerless, starved of funds and unable to invade a peaceful neighbor like Ukraine, uprooting millions.

If I were a contestant approaching this year’s theme, I would try to move past too familiar, albeit essential, arguments for sustainability. I would instead argue that we have a moral duty, as young entrepreneurs, to spearhead a more sustainable European economy not only for generations to come, but also for the countless people who now live under the boot of resource-rich autocrats that we subsidise.

Why should young people participate in this competition?

I still remember my time at the SME Week Youth Essay Competition in Finland. Simultaneously nervous and excited, I took to the stage and shared my thoughts on what mattered for our shared European economies. What’s more, I was doing it in front of Europe’s star entrepreneurs, representatives of various businesses associations, not to mention European officials. It’s a unique position to be in, especially when you’re young, and if I had the chance to do it again, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Winning gave me the confidence to speak in public more, to put my ideas on paper. I went on to be awarded the Charlemagne Prize Fellowship for 2020/2021 with a project on the future of manufacturing in Europe. I am not an economist, nor did I have heaps of experience when it came to the field, but I was confident in my abilities to formulate an idea that had to be heard, just like I had in the YEC.

Do you have any advice for the 2022 competitors?

I think this year’s competitors should be bold, as befits youngsters. They should be confident in their ideas, even if they’re not the most mainstream ones. I am absolutely sure that I don’t need to remind young European entrepreneurs that innovation can come from anywhere, including themselves. They should let their voices be heard, because their absence would only make our Europe poorer.

Tell us a bit about where you are now, what winning the competition meant for you, how it benefited you.

It’s never easy to get on a stage and speak, and in some sense, after getting on it in Helsinki, I never got off. Winning YEC in 2019 gave me the confidence to apply for the Charlemagne Prize Academy Fellowship, and then press on with my doctoral thesis on populism, which I am finishing this year. It is almost as if I proved to myself that I can do well when I speak and write back then, because I’m now doing both professionally, you could say. I became a journalist at Romania Insider, writing news pieces in English on business, politics, and social topics each day. I also started a small YouTube channel, with some success. I’ve also grown personally, developing my knowledge in business and economy, which seemed somewhat off-limits to me beforehand, as domains that were only to be approached by those wiser and older. Participating, not to mention winning, in the YEC made me into a more well rounded individual. I wish that for every participant.

This year’s challenge

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! All you have to do is write a 2,500-word essay in English on the theme above and submit it here before the deadline of 26 September 2022.

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.

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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and subscribe to our newsletter.

The voice of experience: some wise words from 2020 YEC winner Sabine Kerssens

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We have already had some top tips from the winners of the 2018 editions of the SME Week Youth Essay Competition. Today, 2020 YEC winner Sabine Kerssens shares her wisdom, enabling this year’s entrants to benefit from her experience. If you are considering entering this year’s competition, perhaps Sabine can give you some inspiration, but make sure to submit your entry by the deadline of September 26.

Sabine impressed the competition jury with her ideas about the importance of cross-border collaboration and how learning from different cultures makes innovation more inclusive. Below, she has some tips on how to approach this year’s challenge and gives some advice to participants. Read on to see what she has to say!

How would you approach this year’s theme?

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an immense challenge to achieve because the many stakeholders all have incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements. People adapt, our economy adapts, and innovative entrepreneurs are closest to the scene. When I wrote about innovations contributing to a sustainable energy future in the past, I had not anticipated the emergency we are in today.

However, our entrepreneurs are already out there and adapting. I hope future essay writers will write about that adaptability. This year’s theme has three key ingredients: European economies, high dependency, and fossil fuel energies. To steer away from an unsustainable economy, one of the three needs to change, or perhaps all three of them. So what is it that we can adapt? I would approach this year’s theme with my hopes for a fair economy, fair for us and for the planet. I would continue by thinking about what entrepreneurs could change to help achieve this. In addition, bonus question: What do these entrepreneurs need from policy makers to think, dream and build big?

Why should young people participate in this competition?

Dear future writers, you have a voice worth listening to. Please speak up! Sometimes the brightest ideas don’t make an impact simply because they are not heard by decision makers. You can imagine, that some ideas don’t leave their social bubble. Recently a campaign went viral, because “In the Netherlands, there are more CEOs called “Peter” than female CEOs”. Like this, the voices of Peters might seem louder than yours, even when they shouldn’t. What if this Peter hadn’t seen your latest TikTok on climate change? Can they really represent your community? Take this platform offered to you, to help spark innovative ideas today. I know it made a difference in how far my ideas traveled, I hope it will for you too (even if you’re called Peter).

Do you have any advice for the 2022 competitors?

Take your time. Read old essays, see what still sticks some days later. It might be their key message, the structure of their arguments, their tone of voice, or anything else. Practice what you think captures your idea best, and most of all: keep your audience in mind! Easy right? So just enter! We promise that we won’t grade you. You can’t fail this class. You can only learn from it. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true. Oh, and possibly you will win a great experience. Dream big!

This year’s challenge

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! All you have to do is write a 2,500-word essay in English on the theme above and submit it here before the deadline of 26 September 2022.

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.

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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and subscribe to our newsletter.

Want to make your voice heard? Write!

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Making your voice heard is not all about who can shout the loudest. Writing in a clear and well-thought-out manner is often the best way to make people listen to what you have to say and to get your thoughts out to a wider public. To mark International Youth Day 2022, on the Promoting Enterprise Portal we are looking at how writing can help young people to realise their potential and make a greater impact. Indeed, one way this impact can be made is through the SME Week Youth Essay Competition 2022.

Writing helps young people to develop their own voice and express how they feel on a variety of subjects, which in turn helps to improve their self-expression, boost their self-confidence and become more assertive when expressing their opinions. The writing process makes it easier for people to formulate their thoughts and express them in a logical way, which in turn improves communication skills.

As with most things – practice makes perfect. The more you write, the better your writing skills will become. Writing regularly will help you become more organized in your writing, and in structuring your thoughts. At the same time, your imagination and creativity will improve. Writing gives you the opportunity to review your thoughts, expand your perspective and express yourself in a measured and well-structured manner.

What’s more, writing helps you to speak out on topics that you care about, express what is important to you and get your ideas out there. So, have we convinced you of the benefits of creative writing? If we have, why not try out your writing skills by taking part in this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition! The YEC gives 18-25-year-olds a platform to share their ideas with key figures and stakeholders involved in enterprise, entrepreneurship and SMEs.

The YEC 2022 challenge

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?

Do you have something interesting to say on this topic? Perhaps you could draw inspiration from the theme of this year’s International Youth Day – Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages – and look at intergenerational approaches to resolving our fossil fuel dependency. Let your imagination run free! All you have to do is write a 2,500-word essay in English on this year’s theme and submit it here or e-mail it to smeweek@loweurope.eu before the deadline of 26 September 2022.

The YEC jury will then select three finalists to attend the SME Assembly in November in Prague, where they will present their essays to the 500+ delegates gathered at the assembly. To help you make the best possible presentation, you will receive training from the YEC team before the event. The winning essay will then be selected in a public vote. The essays of all the finalists will be promoted across EU channels.

It’s time to unleash your inner writer and submit your entry for this year’s competition. Before you start, read through the rules of the competition and please contact smeweek@loweurope.eu if you have any questions.

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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and subscribe to our newsletter.

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      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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    • Secrets of Success 2022 – 2023 33 Under 33 List: meet the first 4 November 25, 2022
      This year, in the spirit of the European Year of Youth and under the auspices of European SME Week, we have launched the new Secrets of Success 2022–2023: 33 Under 33 List. It aims to identify and promote 33 promising young entrepreneurs from across the 33 EU & COSME countries. In this post, we introduce […]
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