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How does winning an EEPA impact your work?

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As we get closer to the EEPA 2019 ceremony and introduce our 2019 shortlisted projects, we looked back at previous EEPA 2018 winners and how being awarded this high European distinction has impacted their projects and work.

Read through what these previous winners had to say and don’t forget to stay up to date with the latest EEPA 2019 news right here on the News Portal.

“This win has motivated us to keep working even harder! Now we can say that we have been recognised in Europe, meaning that our next target must be higher. It has also made us humble. We can celebrate our win, but we need to keep developing our processes to maintain our status as a frontrunner in our field.”

  • Kasvu Open – company growth sparring programme – ‘Supporting the internationalisation of business’ Winner 2018

“Winning the award generated a lot of positive attention both in the university and at ecosystem level. It helped us raise awareness about the entrepreneurial offers available to TU Wien scientists. This recognition brought additional visibility and helped to present TU Wien as an Entrepreneurial University. Since then, different European delegations have approached us to make presentations based on our work and experience.”

  • i²c STARTacademy – “Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills” Winner 2018

“Receiving the award has given us great visibility. The regional press picked up our story and has positioned the Open Innovation 4.0 programme in the media, which has contributed to disseminating and raising awareness of the programme in the Asturian business ecosystem.

In addition to increased regional awareness, the award has also contributed to our position on the international stage. This is largely down to the respect that the institution that awarded us, the European Commission, receives. As a result, the organisations that drive the Open Innovation programme, IDEPA and CEEI Asturias, are now positioned at the European and even international level as points of reference among the key players in regional economic promotion.”

  • Industry 4.0 – “Improving the Business Environment” Winner 2018

“The European award was very important for both national and international visibility to the project. This recognition is a relevant tool to promote the attractiveness of the city of Matosinhos for talents, tourists and investments. Moreover, the “Carbon-zero Living Lab Matosinhos” focused on the development and testing of low-carbon solutions in a specific area of the city, with the final objective being the replication of these solutions in other parts of the territory, and even exporting them to other cities and regions in Portugal and abroad. The award represents an opportunity to disseminate the project and increase this replication potential.”

  • Matosinhos Carbon-zero Living Lab – ‘Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency’ Winner 2018

“Winning the award hasn’t really had that much of an impact on my daily work, but there has been a lot of positive attention from many people from other organisations both nationally and internationally. Furthermore our 19 partners in the project have also been very happy about the result and it has sparked a new sort of energy internally, that we have actually done something really special with our project.

The exposure from EEPA and Euronews, who worked with the EU commission since we won, has also been great. The video from when we received the ‘Grand Jury Prize’ was available the day after and the film that was shot by Euronews for ‘Euronews Business Planet’ is going to be part of our ongoing marketing material for the project.”

  • Lean Landing – ‘Grand Jury Prize’ Winner 2018

“The most obvious part for us was the satisfaction of knowing that we are on the right path regarding our local development policy for the creation of new competitive and sustainable jobs in local level. The EEPA jury is well-known and reputable as an awarding body and thus winning an EEPA gave special credit to our efforts and recognition for the work our team have been doing. In addition, winning the award is an opportunity to take the time to look at what we have achieved, and where we want to take our blue growth policy in the future. It is a chance to take a step back and see how much we have accomplished and how we will motivate our municipality team to carry on working towards the future.”

  • Piraeus Blue Entrepreneurship – ‘Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit’ Winner 2018

Have you seen the EEPA 2019 shortlist yet? Don’t forget to look here and keep coming back to find out more about this year’s shortlisted projects!

EEPA 2018 Testimonial: i²c STARTacademy – “Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills” Winner 2018

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Today on Promoting Enterprise it is time to reveal the story of another European Enterprise Promotion Award (EEPA) 2018 winner. TU Wien i²c STARTacademy from Austria won the Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills category with their innovative research commercialisation format for TUW scientists who want to transfer their technology and research results into successful products or services.

Read through their testimonial to find out what it is like to win an EEPA, along with their advice for 2019 applicants and what went into their winning entry.

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

We first heard about the competition from the local newspaper where an article about last year’s national winner was published. We decided to enter as we wanted to emphasise the multiple activities underway at TU Wien aiming to complement our students and scientists’ technical knowledge with an entrepreneurial skill set. Since we had to select a specific programme out of our portfolio for this application, we decided to enter the competition with our i²c STARTacademy, a tailor made programme to help transfer research results into potential successful business models.

How did you prepare your application?

Preparing the application meant we had to conduct a thorough study on the effect our programme had on the teams which went through the i²c STARTacademy. In addition to the normal feedback we collect to improve our programmes, we reached out to each team individually and collected updated KPIs on their status. This enabled us to provide exact statistics on their successes and failures. Their feedback, experiences from the camp, and the mentor’s statements on the role the i²c STARTacademy plays in the ecosystem, laid the foundations for the film we submitted together with our application.

What was it like to win the award?

Receiving the distinction was an honour and an acknowledgment of our hard work to instil an entrepreneurial culture at TU Wien.

How did winning the award impact your work?

Winning the award generated a lot of positive attention both in the university and at ecosystem level. It helped us raise awareness about the entrepreneurial offers available to TU Wien scientists. This recognition brought additional visibility and helped to present TU Wien as an Entrepreneurial University. Since then, different European delegations have approached us to make presentations based on our work and experience.

Why should others enter EEPA 2019? What advice would you give them?

Entering the competition is a great chance to promote your endeavours and strengthen your position as a role model in your local ecosystem at European level. Considering the ‘jungle’ of programmes out there, we highly recommend including what makes your programme special and unique in your application.

What are your plans for the future?

Our future plan includes refining existing programmes and developing new ones in order to reach the goal of establishing an entrepreneurial ecosystem within TU Wien that is aligned with the offers of the local, national, and international ecosystems.

Read about this wining project in the EEPA 2018 compendium and keep coming back to the News Portal for more EEPA news.

European Enterprise Promotion Awards – ‘Class of 2018’

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The 12th edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) is now over, and after months of waiting we now know which projects were crowned best in Europe. Congratulations to all of the winners in the EEPA ‘Class of 2018’, your hard work has paid off! Have a look below to find out more about this year’s winners, and click on each project to see their video presentation from the SME Assembly 2018 in Graz, Austria. 

Grand Jury Prize: Lean Landing, Denmark

Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit: Piraeus Blue Entrepreneurship, Greece 

Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills: i2c STARTacademy, Austria

Improving the Business Environment: Open Innovation 4.0., Spain

Supporting the Internationalisation of Business: Kasvu Open – company growth sparring programme, Finland

Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency: Matosinhos Carbon-zero Living Lab enhanced by local carbon market, Portugal

Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship: ProjectTogether, Germany

Stay tuned for the publication of the 2018 Compendium of winners brochure (in English) to find out more about this year’s winning projects, and don’t forget to have a look at the EEPA 2018 ceremony photos here.

Keep following right here on the Portal and across social media (Twitter and Facebook) for winner interviews and updates.

Investing in entrepreneurial skills – EEPA 2018 Shortlist

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The countdown to the finals of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) 2018 continues! Last week we met the shortlisted projects from Category 1: Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit. This week it is time to meet the projects competing in Category 2: Investing in entrepreneurial skills, which come from Austria, Ireland and Lithuania.

Austria: i2c STARTacademy

The i²c STARTacademy is an innovative research commercialisation format for TUW scientists who want to transfer their technology and research results into successful products or services. It provides them with a personalised framework to plan their market entry by bringing them together with domain-specific national and international mentors, coaches, investors and industry representatives to work together on the commercial potential of their conducted research. Three years after it was launched the project has provided training and coaching to 91 researchers (40 teams), which has resulted in the generation of 23 start-ups and 85 jobs.

Ireland: ACORNS – Accelerating the Creation of Rural Nascent Start-ups             

ACORNS is a peer to peer support programme in which successful business women (Lead Entrepreneurs) voluntarily facilitate groups of early stage female entrepreneurs. The groups serve to establish good foundations in the new early stage businesses and equip the entrepreneurs with necessary skills to develop and grow sustainable businesses. Both Lead Entrepreneurs and participants are located in rural Ireland and the aim of the programme is to create sustainable businesses throughout rural Ireland to create more jobs over time. To date over 150 early stage female entrepreneurs have been supported with a range of demonstrable results including new jobs created.

Lithuania: Entrepreneurship Academy

Entrepreneurship Academy is a tool and education platform for the development of entrepreneurial competences and skills based on active experiential methods. It brings together a network of over 70 partners including youth groups, education institutions, business and city authorities, and other partners. Participating youth have a year to learn about local businesses and entities, and to utilise the three academy modules: Development of entrepreneurial competences, Entrepreneurship labs and Personal development programmes. Since 2015 more than 800 students and 300 schoolchildren have participated and over 260 creative workshops, seven public events and seven experiential camps have been organised within the project.

Keep coming back to the Portal to meet all of the shortlisted projects and don’t forget to follow all the updates to find out who wins in Graz this November.

EEPA – The European Enterprise Promotion Awards, recognises outstanding projects from across Europe that are working to support entrepreneurs and small businesses across six different categories.

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