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Applying for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) is one thing, but how can you ensure that your project will stand out? The first challenge is to make your project stand out for your National Coordinator, the second is to impress the European jury. Today on Promoting Enterprise we have collected answers from previous EEPA Jury members to find out what top three qualities will make a project stand out for them.
The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) are looking for the next set of inspiring projects that support entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurship ecosystem across Europe. Every year there are hundreds of applications from across the participating countries, so how can you make your application stand out? What will catch your National Coordinator’s eye? What will draw the attention of the prestigious EEPA jury?
Promoting Enterprise has collated advice from both past winners on what they did to prepare their applications, and from past and present EEPA Jury members on what made projects stand out for them.
Making your application stand out
Ensuring that your application is unique and stands out amongst all the other strong projects it will be competing against is key to getting noticed by both your National Coordinator and later the EEPA jury. Being unique is important and can even lead to a Grand Jury Prize win.
“One of the main reasons behind our win was that we presented a new proposition (i.e. festivals as testing grounds for innovators) to add to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
- Innofest – Grand Jury Prize Winner 2017
EEPA jurors in particular want to see unusual and innovative projects that creative contribute to the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem.
“In my opinion, the most important characteristic for a project to be special is that it is innovative. It has to bring something new and show creativity.”
- Jesús Casado Navarro-Rubio – EEPA 2018 juror
“An outstanding project combines innovation and cooperation and supports enterprises throughout their life cycle. It has visible and presentable results and helps to improve the role of entrepreneurs in society or to start up a business.”
- Matthias Tschirf – EEPA 2018 juror
Your application is also a chance to tell your project story and give a full picture of your work, how far you have come and the journey that both you and your project have been on. Including tangible results, lessons learnt and successes will ensure your application is complete and robust.
“When applying it is important to ask yourself if others can replicate what you do. Success is always a combination of vision, strategy, trial and error, lessons learnt and results, so be sure to include your project story and journey.”
- Business Generator – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills Winner 2017
Dedicate the necessary time to your application
Previous winners mention the need to take the necessary time when preparing an EEPA application, to not rush and ensure that all necessary supporting documentation is collected with enough time and included in the final application.
“Prepare well! Be aware that it requires quite a lot of work until your documents are “final”, so advice and help from the national body might be very useful, so make the most of it.”
- Internationalisation 2015 – 2020 – Supporting the Internationalisation of Business Winner 2017
“We spent quite some time on the application to make sure that we got all the right and important information filled in.”
- Lean Landing – Grand Jury Prize Winner 2018
For more support with your EEPA 2019 applications be sure to have a look through previous EEPA winner testimonials for their advice and success stories and contact your National Coordinators for specific country information on your national EEPA competition.
The 2018 EEPA Jury meeting (where the EEPA 2018 shortlist will be decided) is getting closer and so is the announcement of this year’s shortlist. In preparation for the announcement, we have been meeting the new faces of the EEPA 2018 Jury here on Promoting Enterprise including Anna van Nunen and Dr. Matthias Tschirf.
Today we meet another new face on the jury, Jesús Casado Navarro-Rubio. Jesús is currently the Secretary General of European Family Businesses, a federation of 14 National Family Businesses associations based in Brussels. Having taken active roles on several association boards and advisory groups on both a European and national (Spanish) level, Jesús has cultivated extensive experience in the sector. Today he shares his thoughts on the EEPA and what kinds of projects he will be looking for this year.
What will make an EEPA project stand out for you? What will make it special?
In my opinion, the most important characteristic for a project to be special is that it is innovative. It has to bring something new and show creativity.
What top three qualities should a project have to make it onto the 2018 shortlist?
In order to make it onto the 2018 shortlist a project needs to:
- Be effective
- Be transferable to other countries and situations
- Contribute to a better and stronger economy
What makes a project worthy of the Grand Jury Prize?
In order to be considered for the Grand Jury Prize a project needs to be ambitious enough to be a game changer, to transcend the norm. I will be looking for a project that intends to create a revolution, not only an evolution.
Which is your favourite category and why?
All the categories are equally important but I do like “Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit” as it helps foster the entrepreneurial drive, and I also like “Supporting the internationalisation of business” due to it facilitating the scaling up of companies. These two categories are my favourites because the creation of new businesses and the scaling up of already existing companies are the cornerstone of the European economy.
What are you looking forward to at the SME Assembly 2018?
I am looking forward to meeting my peers again, and to participate in stimulating discussions that help me develop my work. I am also looking forward to going to Austria again as it is such a lovely country.
Is there anything you want to say to the applicants waiting for the shortlist announcement?
I would like to say two things to all of the national winners. Firstly, congratulations for having already achieved something great by getting this far! I would also like to thank you all for your contributions to creating a better Europe via your innovative projects.
Who else is on the EEPA 2018 jury? Read about the other jury members here on the News Portal:
- Thomas M. Cooney (Professor in Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology)
- Thomas Wobben (Committee of the Regions)
- Lisa Steigertahl (Entrepreneurship Consultant)
- Kristin Schreiber (DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs)
- Matthias Tschirf (SME Envoy for Austria, Director General for Enterprise Policy in the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs)
- Anna van Nunen (Director of Innofest, Grand Jury Prize Winner 2017)
The European EEPA deadline is approaching, but who will be judging all of the national entries this year? Who is responsible for creating the EEPA 2018 European shortlist? Meet your 2018 EEPA jury!
On this year’s jury we have some familiar retuning faces and some new members. This year seven jurors from different disciplines and backgrounds will collaboratively review all of the national submissions before meeting in Brussels to decide the 2018 European shortlist. In addition to coming from different backgrounds our jury members also come from across Europe so as to bring their own national contexts and expertise to the judging panel.
This year we are pleased to welcome back Prof. Thomas M. Cooney (Professor in Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology), Thomas Wobben (Committee of the Regions), Lisa Steigertahl (Entrepreneurship Consultant) and Kristin Schreiber (DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) to once again sit on the EEPA jury.
We would also like to welcome our new jury members Jesús Casado Navarro-Rubio (Secretary General of European Family Business), Dr. Matthias Tschirf (Austrian SME Envoy), Anna van Nunen (Director of Grand Jury Prize Winner 2017 Innofest) and Alexander Manolev (Bulgarian SME Envoy).
Stay tuned to Promoting Enterprise to meet all of the new jury members over the next few weeks and be sure to read up on our veteran jury members Prof. Thomas M. Cooney, Thomas Wobben, Lisa Steigertahl and Kristin Schreiber right here on the News Portal!