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!