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EEPA 2022 shortlist – Supporting the Sustainable Transition

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Following the announcement of the shortlist of finalists in the 2022 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA), we have been looking at the projects shortlisted by the EEPA Jury in each category. We have already introduced you to the shortlisted projects in Category 1, Category 2, Category 3, and Category 4; today we will take a look at projects from Category 5: Supporting the Sustainable Transition.

Previously known as “Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency”, this category recognises initiatives that promote a circular economy approach or that have specific environmental features, such as encouraging the use of recycled materials or renewable energy. The EEPA European jury has shortlisted three projects in this category, which we present in alphabetical order below. Let’s take a closer look!

Energy Cooperative WEnCoop – Greece 

WenCoop is the first women’s energy community in Greece and Europe, consisting of 66 women entrepreneurs. In collaboration with the Chamber of Chalkidiki, actions were undertaken to encourage female entrepreneurship in the country and underpin the role of women in the economy and in the energy sector in particular. Thanks to the efforts of the cooperative, the first photovoltic park in Halkidiki is expected to start operations soon and, in the near future, WEnCoop plans to develop another 3 MW of generating capacity. The next steps for the cooperative are to ensure that the energy produced is used in electro-mobility initiatives and to allocate free quantities of electricity to vulnerable groups of the population.

ScaleUp4Sustainability (S4S) – Germany 

To achieve the goals of the European Green Deal, cooperation is needed between various economic actors and the sustainable entrepreneurship sector. This approach is the focus of the EU-funded ScaleUp4Sustainability project, in which students and companies have jointly developed innovative ideas for sustainability. More than 270 students and 50 company employees in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands have developed over 230 sustainable business ideas, while at the same improving the skills required for entrepreneurial thinking and action. Around 20 companies and the environment have benefited from the creative solutions developed.  ScaleUp4Sustainability shows that collaborative learning with students and companies is essential to bring about sustainable change processes in the economy and in society. 

The WaterCampus Innovation Ecosystem – Netherlands 

Due to population growth and increased economic activity, there is a growing worldwide demand for clean water. However due to climate change, among other reasons, the availability of good quality water is under pressure. It goes without saying that innovation is needed to tackle the worldwide water crisis. Since it began, WaterCampus has been dedicated to creating environmental, social and economic impact and solving the water crisis with success. Today, WaterCampus Leeuwarden is the European hotspot of watertech innovation. The ecosystem’s technologies are implemented throughout the world, creating social and environmental impact, while at the same time the economy in the region and beyond is benefitting enormously.

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 from 28 – 30th November. Places are limited at the forum, but you can download the Promoting Enterprise app, which will allow you to follow the event online and revolutionize 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 prompting 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.

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.

EEPA 2022 shortlist – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills

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The 2022 shortlist of finalists in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) has already been announced, and now we are taking a closer look at the shortlisted projects in each category. We have already introduced to you more closely for the shortlisted projects from Category 1: Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit. Today it is the turn of the projects competing in Category 2: Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills.

EEPA Category 2 recognises initiatives that improve entrepreneurial and managerial skills. This year’s shortlisted projects, selected by the EEPA 2022 jury, come from Italy, Belgium and Cyprus. The projects are presented in alphabetical order below. Let’s take a closer look!

Bravo Innovation Hub Italy 

The Bravo Innovation Hub is an Italian development agency Invitalia’s business accelerator for the most innovative companies in the south of the country. The hub helps start-ups and new businesses to speed up their market entry and promotes vertical acceleration paths for start-ups in the most traditional areas of the Italian economy. The hub helps start-ups define, validate and develop their business models, gain access to capital market, find strategic and commercial partners and develop turnover. The Bravo Innovation Hub was born in 2020 and, by providing training activities, mentorship, networking opportunities and open innovation actions; it has already accompanied 20 start-ups from the south in developing and implementing their business ideas along sustainable pathways.

Love to be Free – Belgium 

With its ‘Love to be Free’ project, Belgian entrepreneurial association UNIZO is informing, connecting and representing self-employed entrepreneurs in Flanders, Belgium. The association has conducted research into flexible work in Flanders and mapped out the needs and concerns of freelancers in its Freelance Focus Report; furthermore, it has designed targeted support actions to meet these needs.  Various online and offline events are being organised to support freelancers, inform them, inspire them and provide them with a network. The association has addressed freelancers’ uncertainty about their hourly rate by providing an online hourly rate calculator. UNIZO represents the interests of this growing group of independent entrepreneurs by developing innovative proposals for policymakers on providing an optimal framework for the future of work.

Cyprus Seeds – Cyprus 

Cyprus Seeds is a non-profit organisation that supports scientific teams at Cypriot academic institutions by providing grants, mentoring, business skills training, and networking to bring their research from their labs into the market with a view to resolving worldwide problems. The organisation offers a unique opportunity for researchers to connect with an international network of successful entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and venture funds through its strategic collaboration with The Hellenic Initiative, the MIT Centre for Technological Innovation, and the Greek incubator egg.

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 prompting 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.

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