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SME Assembly 2022 – Day 3

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The third and final day of the SME Assembly 2022 had a full morning of sessions, panel discussions and the awaited Youth Essay competition, which 20-year old Hulgarian Viktória Vass won!

The morning panel “New Ways of Working” explored the best practices that SMEs can adopt to upskill their workforce and equip. One of the 33 under 33 Stories of Succes Kosima Kovar said: “If we want our future to be a masterpiece, we need to give our artists more colors to paint with than just what it takes to create blue suits and brown shoes.”

In the policy workshop “Green Investment”, the investing in green and renewable energies was discussed and how it has never been more critical.

The session “Rise of the Creative Class” heard from Alessandro Rancatci, former Senior Policy Designer, who discussed the challenges around sustainable transition for SMEs.

A highlight of the final day of this year’s SME Assembly was the presentation of the top three essays by the finalists in this year’s Youth Essay Competition, with feedback from the Chair of the Youth Essay Jury and Kristina Dimova, 2021 Youth Essay Competition winner.

After the presentations, the audience voted on the winning essay, with the prize going to Viktoria Vass. Congratulations to Viktoria for her exceptional essay!

You can find out more about her essay and the other two YEC 2022 finalists here.

The final discussion on Day 3 of the SME Assembly focused on SME Economic Performance. Speakers shared and explored recently published data on the performance of SMEs in 2022 with a view to discussing how which priority policy measures need to be better implemented or designed to help SMEs meet the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions.

“SME Definition in Practice” workshop aimed to discuss the implementation of the existing SME Definition, its usefulness and applicability in the current situation. Policy makers focused on problematic areas that Member States face when implementing the SME definition. The main two topics were relations through natural persons and practical impacts and experience with judgement T745/17 Kerkosand.

Policy Conclusions of SME Assembly 2022 took over in Hall C of O2 Universum with most of the participants to finalise the successful event with the debate and exchanges of this year’s Assembly. Speakers and attendees shared concrete ideas that have been put forward for the SME Relief Package; as well as their prescriptions for the longer-term transition to a digital and net zero future.

SME Assembly 2022 is over, but learned so much for the future of SMEs and cannot wait to see the next actions will be.

Meanwhile the torch has been handed over to Spain! We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year in Spain.

You van have an overview of the session on Day 1 and Day 2, and also catch some of the highlights on Twitter via @EEPA_EU.

SME Assembly 2022 – Day 2

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The second day of SME Assembly opened with the European Commissioner for Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Thierry Breton. In his speech, the commissioner emphasized that although we’re facing challenging times, he is hopeful. As we faced earlier crises together, we can also face this & future ones.

Mr. Breton also introduced the SME Relief Package, which was announced by the President of the European Commission, which will focus on three main areas: combatting late payments, better regulations and access to finance.

Commissioner Breton reassured that “SMEs are the beating heart of our Single Market economy”.

The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Mr. Jozef Sikela, followed with his speech and highlighted the importance of working together on advancing the strategic resilience of the European economy, especially during challenging times.

The president of SMEUnited Petri Salminen took the stage to share his views on the world of business: “at this brutal time, we must guarantee the preservation of our economy, the backbone of Europe; the SMEs”, he said.

The official opening was followed by a series of simultaneous panel discussions, policy workshops and masterclasses on a range of topics.

Participants in the “Sustainable Enterprise” Panel discussed rewriting the rules with a view to replacing endless growth with regenerative and distributive economies.

The session No Net Zero without SMEs marks the launch of DG ENER’s new pilot initiative, the EU Covenant of Companies for Climate and Energy, which aims to encourage and support companies, particularly SMEs, to step up their contribution to a clean energy transition.

In the SME Assembly 2022 the session for the Digital transformation of SMEs included discussions and recommendations to help SMEs realise the full potential of digitalization.

After a networking coffee break, the Assembly restarted with a participatory session we revisited the Stories of Success: 33 Under 33. Kosima Kovar, Marzio Schena, Evi Oivanen and Marc Rovira shared how Young Entrepreneurs face the challenges of today.

More sessions came for a full day at the SME Assembly, where participants attended: EEPA Session was Supporting the Sustainable Transition and the session “The new normal” about how the SMEs have to be agile & adaptable to face uncertain times and big changes.

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

Other sessions in the afternoon included a panel on The Supply chain security that session rased questions about the impact of the Russian aggression against Ukrain and geographical crises on SMEs. How have the European supply chains been affected by it? And how can we ensure future stability?

The session for the Innovation procurement (European Innovation Council) and Aerospace Technology & Data: Opportunities for SMEs also took place.

How to engage with and deliver to the supply chains creating new technologies was also discussed on the session Circular Economy: Strengthening the Resilience of the EU Economy, followed by the session regarding Mentoring Momentum: Fostering Female Entrepreneurship and SME Test Project: Key Findings.

This evening, we celebrated the 10th edition of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards, organised by the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), EuropeanIssuers and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs during the SME Assembly in Prague (Czechia).

The final event on Day 2 was the European Commission reveals winners of European Enterprise Promotion Awards – EEPA. Congratulations to the winners from: Belgium, Poland, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Greece and France. Please read the full review of the winners clicking here.

What’s in store for Day 3? Follow the live streaming or take a look at the live coverage on Twitter via @EEPA_EU. Remember to use #SMEAssembly2022 to be featured on the feed and check out the all the photos on Flickr! Haven’t registered yet? Last minute registrations are still possible but be quick! You can register here.

European Commission reveals winners of European Enterprise Promotion Awards – EEPA

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Belgium, Poland, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Greece and France are winning countries for EEPA Awards 2022.

Today during the yearly SME Assembly, the most important event for small and medium enterprises in Europe, the European Commission announced the winners of the 2022 European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). The initiative recognises and rewards outstanding initiatives that support entrepreneurship at national, regional and local level.

GRAND JURY PRIZE

The Grand Jury Prize, which recognises the most creative and inspiring initiative promoting entrepreneurship, went to Belgium:

Project: Love to be Free by UNIZO (also a Winner in Category 2 – see below)

The other Winners are as follows:

CATEGORY 1 – PROMOTING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT Recognises initiatives at national, regional or local level that promote an entrepreneurial mindset especially among young people and women.

Poland

Project: Entrepreneurial Kids by the Municipality of Lublin

Entrepreneurial Kids is an economic education programme that supports creativity and stimulates entrepreneurial skills among children aged 6-10. The aim of the project is to shape entrepreneurial attitudes and develop among children the skills that will be sought in the labour market which, in turn, contribute to the development of their professional careers. The project is innovative not only in the region but also in Poland.

CATEGORY 2 – INVESTING IN ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS

Recognises initiatives at national, regional or local level to improve entrepreneurial, managerial and employee skills.

Belgium

Project: Love to be Free by UNIZO (Organisation for SMEs and Self-Employed in Flanders)

Love to be Free connects and represents freelancers in Belgium, offering events and workshops. To give online events live experience participants receive a lunch at home. One event, Freelance Friday has become a live studio show. With the introduction of an online hourly rate calculator, the uncertainty of freelancers about their hourly rate was addressed. The initiative also represents the interests of freelancers to propose an optimal framework to policymakers.

CATEGORY 3 – IMPROVING THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT & SUPPORTING THE DIGITAL TRANSITION

Recognises innovative policies and initiatives at national, regional or local level, which render Europe the most attractive place to start a business, operate it, make it grow and scale it up in the Single Market, simplify legislative and administrative procedures for businesses and implement the “Think Small First” principle in favour of small and medium-sized enterprises and support the digital transition of enterprises enabling them to develop, market and use digital technologies, products and services of any kind.

The Netherlands

Project: LifeSciences@Work Venture Challenge by Health-Holland and Topsector LSH

LifeSciences@Work Venture Challenge helps life researchers translate their research into a solid business case that forms the basis for a biotech or medtech start-up. The Venture Challenge works with highly experienced business coaches with hands-on experience in the industry, life sciences start-ups and venture capital. Since 2008, more than 150 teams have participated and most of them have successfully started a biotech or medtech company.

CATEGORY 4 – SUPPORTING THE INTERNATIONALISATION OF BUSINESS

Recognises policies and initiatives at national, regional or local level that encourage enterprises, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, to benefit more from the opportunities offered by markets both inside and outside the European Union.

Ukraine

Project: Diia. Business by the Entrepreneurship and Export Promotion Office

Diia.Business is a large-scale project for the development of entrepreneurship and exports. The project’s main objectives are to increase the level of entrepreneurial skills in conducting business both in Ukraine and in foreign markets through educational programmes and webinars. Another aspect is the innovative “hotline” to help Ukrainian forced migrants in neighbouring EU countries find a job, open a business, or temporarily move their business.

CATEGORY 5 – SUPPORTING THE SUSTAINABLE TRANSITION

Recognises policies and initiatives at national, regional or local level that support the sustainable transition and support environmental aspects such as the circular economy, climate neutrality, clean energy, resource efficiency or biodiversity through, for example, sustainable skills development and matchmaking as well as funding.

Project: Energy Cooperative WEnCoop by the Halkidiki Chamber and the Greek Association of Women Entrepreneurs – SEGE

Energy Cooperative WEnCoop, is the first energy community for women entrepreneurs in Greece. Their purpose is to develop female entrepreneurship whilst addressing energy poverty, promoting sustainability, and investigating how to produce and supply energy efficiently at a local and regional level. The cooperative operates a photovoltaic park; the energy produced is to be used in electromobility actions and free quantities are allocated to vulnerable population groups.

CATEGORY 6 – RESPONSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP Recognises national, regional and local initiatives by authorities or public/private partnerships that promote corporate social responsibility among small and medium sized enterprises.  This category also recognises efforts to promote entrepreneurship among disadvantaged groups such as unemployed, especially long term unemployed, legal migrants, disabled or people from ethnic minorities.

France

Project: La French Tech Tremplin by French Tech

La French Tech Tremplin is a programme that promotes social diversity by supporting aspiring entrepreneurs from tougher backgrounds with funding, training and mentorship. The project provides a gateway to these entrepreneurs otherwise being far from entrepreneurship, to create their start-up anywhere in France. This brings social diversity to the French start-up scene.

A complete overview of the 2022 EEPA Awards cycle, winners, runners-up and special mentions are available here.

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards – EEPA The EEPA reward those who promote entrepreneurship and small business at the national, regional and local level through a variety of initiatives spanning six individual categories. Winning projects are chosen via a series of rounds including a national competition, a European competition to determine the shortlist and finally an awards ceremony where the prestigious EEPA jury reveals their top choices per category and their selection for the Grand Jury Prize. The geographical scope of the competition spans the 27 Member States of the European Union as well as Associate Countries in the COSME programme: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine and Iceland.

Find out more about the EEPA 2022 and the shortlist here.

The winners of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards 2022 announced

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This evening, we celebrated the 10th edition of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards, organised by the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), EuropeanIssuers and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs during the SME Assembly in Prague (Czechia).

The Awards highlight excellent SMEs from across the EU that have accessed capital markets via an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the preceding two calendar years. They display the diversity of European markets and aim to promote stock listings on EU public markets, in particular targeting SMEs and growth companies.
Nominated companies are assessed by an independent, expert jury via four categories:

  • the Star of 2022, awarded to an outstanding corporate citizen that stands out in a broad range of areas (e.g. ESG, financial and economic performances, reputation) as an exceptional leader in its class
  • the Star of Innovation, awarded to a newly listed small or mid-cap company that places innovation (i.e. in corporate strategy and/or marketing strategy and/or the use of new technology) at the centre of its strategy for business development
  • the International Star, awarded to a newly listed small and mid-cap company that boasts impressive results in terms of international sales, profit and market share growth
  • the Rising Star, awarded to an SME with a market capitalisation up to €200m that displays remarkable growth potential

The Jury also assigns a Special Mention, to recognise an initiative, an individual or a company that has had a significant impact on small and mid-cap issuers accessing capital markets.

And the winners are…

Star of 2022

GreenVolt (listed on Euronext Lisbon) is a leading Portuguese renewables company operating across three segments: (1) Biomass; (2) Utility scale wind & solar projects; (3) Distributed generation. In Portugal, GreenVolt operates 5 electricity biomass plants (98 MW installed capacity) using exclusively forestry residues and, in the UK, holds a waste wood plant (42 MW installed capacity). GreenVolt is also a major EU developer of utility scale wind & solar projects.

Star of Innovation

SECO (listed on Borsa Italiana ) is a centre of excellence in the field of innovation and technological integration. It develops and manufactures cutting-edge technological solutions, from miniaturized computers to fully customized integrated hardware-software systems. SECO also offers Clea, a proprietary end-to-end IoT (Internet of Things) AI analytics software suite that allows customers to gather real-time data from their on-field devices.

International Star

NACON (listed on Euronext Paris) was founded in October 2019, following the consolidation of all components of Bigben Gaming Division into a new entity. The company specialises in the development and publishing of so-called AA video game software (games with sales of between 0.2 and 3 million copies) in both physical and digital format across the action/adventure, racing, sports, and simulation genres.

Rising Star

EiDF (listed on BME, SIX Group) was founded in 2008 and is based in Galicia. The Spanish company specialised in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy installations. Its main activity is energy self-consumption aimed at small and large companies in order to offer them an efficient and profitable saving alternative with which to reduce energy costs and improve their competitiveness.

Special mention

Rosinger Group (nominated by Wiener Börse) is an internationally successful financial group, which is operating as both professional investor and independent specialised advisory service, it facilitates access for SMEs to capital, know-how and a network of contacts, focusing on IPOs, listings, financial engineering, corporate finance and strategy.

Merete Clausen, Director Investment, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, commented: “Access to public capital markets is key for the growth of EU companies and complements the support offered by private sources. The quality of the nominations this year was impressive, and the Jury has done a great job. The awarded SMEs stood out because of their growth performance, the innovativeness of their business models, the products or services they offer, or their successful internationalisation strategy. I hope the awarded companies will inspire other European businesses to take the leap and seek access to the EU capital markets.”

Petr Koblic, President of FESE, added: “Many congratulations to this year’s winners. Even if ultimately we only crowned one winner per category, being listed on capital markets is already a big achievement – one that makes every public company a winner in their own right. These Awards showcase successful IPOs from all over Europe and provide clear examples of the advantages of listing on exchanges for companies seeking to access finance.”

“SMEs are the foundation of the European economy. They are vitally important in creating jobs, supporting growth and boosting innovation. Supporting companies such as those celebrated last night to grow is essential to the green and digital transitions.”

Luc Vansteenkiste, Chairman of EuropeanIssuers, commented: “Small and medium enterprises are the backbone of the European economy. They are vitally important in creating jobs, supporting growth and boosting innovation. It is pleasing that the CMU Action Plan includes important actions to help these companies support their journey through their access to finance on capital markets. The challenge for the future is to find the perfect balance between the need of European harmonization and the respect of the local SME’s specificities.”

“Today’s award ceremony showcases example of successful small and mid-cap companies, they are an example of vision and courage to go for stock exchange in order to make their companies grow and prosper. So let me congratulate them and wish them a successful future.”

You can find out more about the European Small & Mid-Cap Awards website.

Top economist calls on innovative entrepreneurs to translate new ideas into sustainable development

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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 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 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 those sustainability challenges which threaten our environment.

His inspiring Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ Lecture set the mood for this year’s SME Assembly which debated the role that small and medium enterprises play as essential drivers of innovation and growth.

At each SME Assembly, a leading economist delivers the Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ lecture to inspire the opening day of this ‘must attend’ event for Europe’s SMEs & entrepreneurs, and those that support them.

Previous lecturers have included Nobel Prize winners such as Joseph E. Stiglitz, Professor of the Columbia University, and Professor Lučka Kajfež Bogataj of the University of Ljubljana.

To discover more about the SME Assembly and the European SME week check the link here.

Notes:

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).

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).

Read more about Dr Soete and follow up on the online event by downloading the Promoting Enterprise app, where you can view his lecture, as well as other presentations from the SME Assembly. And if you want to have a look at Dr Soete’s full presentation, click here.

Secrets of Success 2022 – 2023 33 Under 33 List: meet the first 4

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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 you to four entrepreneurs from the list, who have been selected to participate in a Secrets of Success session at this year´s SME Assembly, which will take place on 28-30 November 2022 in Prague.

The 33 Under 33 List will shine a spotlight on a selection of successful young entrepreneurs, documenting their stories in an effort to inspire others to consider entrepreneurship as a career path.

A highlight of the initiative will be a Stories of Success: 33 Under 33 panel discussion at this year´s SME Assembly in Prague. The four selected entrepreneurs will participate in the session, which will take place at 12.00-13.00 on 29 November and can be followed online.

The purpose of the session is to showcase some of Europe’s best and brightest entrepreneurs, to encourage dreams of entrepreneurship and to celebrate the diversity of Europe’s businesses and businesspeople. The session brings together some creative minds from a new generation of young European entrepreneurs who are beacons of hope against a backdrop of uncertainty and crisis. At the session, we hope to achieve a better understanding of their motivations, the obstacles and opportunities they face, and their attitude towards success and the future of enterprise.


And so, in alphabetical order, the four entrepreneurs that will participate in the SME Assembly session and the first official announcements of this year´s 33 under 33 List are:


Kosima Kovar, Austria

Company: Founder of sgreening and Ada Growth both companies

Kosima is Austrian and has a Master of Arts in Business (Communication & Sustainability). Her heroes are everybody who fights to accomplish the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Kosima founded two companies (sgreening – a social & green marketing agency, and the female growth platform [Ada]) because she had the feeling that nobody was doing what needs to be done. She is sure that in every sector you can do something good and have a positive impact in this world.

Evi Oivanen, Finland

Company: CEO of Cuitu

Evi is an entrepreneur and a Master’s student at Turku School of Economics, in Finland. She is the co-founder and CEO of Cuitu, a start-up creating modern, urban-style accessories made of upcycled materials, such as cutting surplus from professional diving suit production. Evi is passionate about designing circular products and believes collaboration is the key to reducing leftover waste and building attractive, circular brands.

Marc Rovira, Spain

Company: Founder of Polaroo

Marc is from Spain and has a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His heroes are his parents and his entrepreneurial spirit comes from this dad’s insatiable willingness to learn and his mom’s passion for helping others. His start-up Polaroo has 10 employees and offers hyper-vertical recurrent expense software as a service (SaaS).

Marzio Schena, Luxembourg

Company: Founder of ANote Music

Marzio is from Italy and has an MSc Finance and BA in Economics and Finance from Bocconi University. His heroes are the US investor Ray Dalio and Winston Churchill and his mentor is his mother, who is always pushing him to be better. He puts his entrepreneurial spirit down to never taking ‘no’ for an answer. Although he is Italian, his company ANote Music, is registered in Luxembourg.
The session will be moderated by Bonifacio García Porras, Head of Unit for “Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)” in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW).


Make sure to join us at the SME Assembly 2022 to attend this session and to hear the latest insights on all matters related to Europe’s SMEs and entrepreneurs on topics ranging from digital transformation, the world of business, sustainable enterprises, upskilling, circular economy, helping SMEs adapt and thrive, and much more!


You can join the Assembly via this link and browse the full programme here.

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.

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.

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      Viktória Vass, 20-year-old from Hungary was proclaimed the winner of this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition during the SME Assembly 2022. Her essay responded to the question: “Our European economies are highly dependent on fossil fuel energies. How can future young entrepreneurs contribute to a more sustainable economy?’’ “It is quite clear that each […]
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    • How export-oriented Ukrainian companies adapt to the war: the experience of the wooden pallet manufacturer November 30, 2022
      Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian business has suffered significant losses. According to the survey conducted by the Ministry of Digital Transformation, about 40% of enterprises have been stopped or are on the verge of closing, and the total direct losses of small and medium-sized businesses since February 24 are estimated […]
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    • SME Assembly 2022 – Day 2 November 29, 2022
      The second day of SME Assembly opened with the European Commissioner for Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Thierry Breton. In his speech, the commissioner emphasized that although we’re facing challenging times, he is hopeful. As we faced earlier crises together, we can also face this & future ones. Mr. Breton also introduced the SME […]
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    • European Commission reveals winners of European Enterprise Promotion Awards – EEPA November 29, 2022
      Belgium, Poland, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Greece and France are winning countries for EEPA Awards 2022. Today during the yearly SME Assembly, the most important event for small and medium enterprises in Europe, the European Commission announced the winners of the 2022 European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). The initiative recognises and rewards outstanding initiatives that support […]
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    • The winners of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards 2022 announced November 29, 2022
      This evening, we celebrated the 10th edition of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards, organised by the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), EuropeanIssuers and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs during the SME Assembly in Prague (Czechia). The Awards highlight excellent SMEs from across the EU that have accessed […]
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    • SME Assembly 2022 – Day 1 November 28, 2022
      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 […]
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    • Top economist calls on innovative entrepreneurs to translate new ideas into sustainable development November 28, 2022
      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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