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Hungarian Viktória Vass wins SME Week Youth Essay Competition 2022

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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 European state has its own, so far mainly-unexploited energy potential. But what is even more important is co-operation. The aim should be bringing all these individual resources into a large integration, where social equality and a greener future can be achieved under democratic circumstances.”

In her essay, she argued that our continent is full of other energy possibilities, and we should work together to maximise their potential. She emphasised how “we should not think of a Europe powered by green energy as a far-fetched dream any longer.’’

‘’What we youngsters can do is accelerate this transformation by being more enthusiastic and open towards other potential commercial partners, and by being willing to break conventional norms.”

Her victory was decided by an expert jury and a public vote by SME Assembly participants. The two other finalists were Danijel Bačan from Croatia, and Cosmin-Alin Botoroga from Romania.

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Each year the SME Week Youth Essay Competition (YEC), gives 18-25-year-olds, who are a citizen of a country that participates in the COSME – EU programme, a platform to share their bright ideas with key figures and stakeholders involved in the enterprise, entrepreneurship and SMEs.

This 7th edition of the competition welcomed over 30 essays.

To learn more the Youth Essay Competition finalists and read all the finalists’ essays, visit the Promoting Enterprise blog.

YEC 2022 – You have more time than you thought!

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Want to know some good news? The deadline for submitting entries to the SME Week Youth Essay Competition 2022 is being extended to October 7! To the early birds who already submitted their applications – thank you and good luck during the selection process! The new deadline extension will give you the time you need to submit a winning entry.

The YEC jury will select three finalists to attend the SME Assembly in November, where they will present their essays to the 500+ delegates gathered at the assembly. The winning essay will then be selected in a public vote. The essays of all the finalists will be promoted across EU channels.

Don’t delay! Register here, and get writing!

Why and how to submit your essay?

Well, this year the competition asks young people to think about the theme: Our European economies are highly dependent on fossil fuel energies. How can future young entrepreneurs contribute to a more sustainable economy?

Are you full of ideas on how to reduce our fossil fuel dependence and eager to share them with a Europe-wide audience? Then the SME Week Youth Essay Competition is an opportunity not to be missed! 

Are you up to the challenge? To have a chance at winning a trip to the SME Assembly 2022 in Prague this November, all you have to do is to submit a 2,500-word essay in English on the theme above and submit it here before the new deadline of 7 October 2022.

So what are you waiting for? Get thinking about the future skills needed by entrepreneurs; get writing; and get in with a chance to be the winner of this year’s competition. Submit your essay  here before it’s too late!

Advice from last year’s winner

According to last year’s winner Kristina Dimova, “The people, the ideas, the future are the main pillars of the competition” and she says this competition “was a way to figure out if I’m capable of showcasing complex ideas in a simple yet compelling way”. Kristina adds that “the only competition you have is yourself” and “be brave”.

You can find more information on the previous editions of the YEC here. We will also follow with more advice and tips to help you with your entries, so make sure to visit the Promoting Enterprise News Portal regularly, and don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram accounts and subscribe to our newsletter.

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