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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.

Become part of the community leading the sustainability transition in the agri-food ecosystem! SMEs stand to benefit from the EU Code of Conduct

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Food SMEs are strongly encouraged to sign up to the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices. By signing up to the Code, SMEs adhere to a common EU path for sustainable food production and consumption.  What’s more, SMEs stand to benefit not only from an exchange of best practices to guide them on their sustainability journey but also the chance to demonstrate their sustainability actions. Read on to find out more.

The EU Code of Conduct is a voluntary initiative, launched by the European Commission together with industry stakeholders under the EU Farm to Fork Strategy in July 2021. It mainly aims to improve the sustainability performance of the food processing, service and distribution industries. However, any actors active in the agri-food chain are also welcome to sign up to it. By signing the Code, food SMEs stand to reap various benefits, including the sharing of best practices, the possibility for joint projects and gaining access to support services provided by the Commission.

Despite not having the same resources as larger companies, many SMEs are leading the way in terms of sustainability. By signing the EU Code of Conduct, SMEs will be able to demonstrate their sustainability commitments and can benefit from European initiatives such as sustainability advice under the Enterprise Europe Network, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, and the European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre. In addition to benefitting from knowledge sharing around best practices, SMEs who sign up to the Code will get information on how to take advantage of these and other EU services to accelerate their sustainability journey.

The Code sets out principles, objectives and actions that associations and individual companies can undertake. In order to adhere to the Code, signatories need to make at least one commitment in one of the areas of the Code. Flexibility in terms of monitoring and reporting is foreseen for SMEs – those that are unable to report annually could provide simplified reports on their commitments only once every two or three years, for example.

In December, a matchmaking event will take place, organized in collaboration with the Signatories Group of the Code. The event will focus on topics of main relevance to agri-food SMEs, such as the uptake of resource efficiency technologies and deployment of renewable energy. Moreover, an online tool is foreseen for the beginning of next year, that will help SMEs adhere to the Code and evaluate their sustainability hotspots and needs.

A factsheet on the Code can be found here and for more information, you can visit the Code website. To read the Code in full, click here. If you would like to sign up to the Code, or would have any questions – please send an email to SANTE-CODE-OF-CONDUCT@ec.europa.eu or GROW-CODE-OF-CONDUCT-FOOD@ec.europa.eu.

SMEs and the war in Ukraine

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Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine is a tragic humanitarian crisis affecting millions of men, women and children. The economic impacts of the war have also been severe, with EU trade with Ukraine nosediving due to the war. A recent report from the SME Envoy Network looks at the economic consequences of the war and makes some recommendations on how to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) emerge stronger from the turmoil.

According to the report, which was put together under the guidance of SME Envoy for Denmark Torsten A. Andersen, the direct economic damage caused by the war will be significant for Europe’s SMEs. European businesses will be more adversely affected by the sanctions put in place as a result of Russia’s unprovoked attack on its neighbour than compared to companies in other large economies. This is due to their higher exposure to the Russian market, which is geographically close and has been a major supplier of energy and other raw materials. Russia has also been an important export market for many European SMEs.

Risk to SMEs

However, the report goes on to say that, the indirect consequences of the war may well prove to be more significant for European SMEs. Ukraine and Russia are key suppliers of a number of commodities that are necessary for a modern economy to function, from wheat to nickel and platinum. In addition, Ukraine also produces around half of the world’s neon, needed in the production of microchips.

The report notes that the impacts of the war may be disproportionately harmful for SMEs, which often lack the resources and global reach to seek out alternative suppliers and diversify their inputs in response to higher prices and longer waiting times. Moreover, as higher costs are passed on throughout value chains, SMEs may find that they have less bargaining power than larger companies do.

Recommendations for recovery

The report recommends that policy-makers should take steps to improve the competitiveness and economic vitality of Europe’s SMEs. New import and export markets should be cultivated for SMEs to offset the loss stemming from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The report also highlights the important role that trade promotion activities play in supporting, services such as the Enterprise Europe Network.

To help mitigate the negative economic effects of the war, the report stresses that efforts should be made to ensure good economic conditions are conducive to growth within the EU Single Market, so that greater intra-EU trade can provide an alternative for SMEs exporting to the Russian market.

Read the report in full here.

The voice of experience: some wise words from 2020 YEC winner Sabine Kerssens

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We have already had some top tips from the winners of the 2018 editions of the SME Week Youth Essay Competition. Today, 2020 YEC winner Sabine Kerssens shares her wisdom, enabling this year’s entrants to benefit from her experience. If you are considering entering this year’s competition, perhaps Sabine can give you some inspiration, but make sure to submit your entry by the deadline of September 26.

Sabine impressed the competition jury with her ideas about the importance of cross-border collaboration and how learning from different cultures makes innovation more inclusive. Below, she has some tips on how to approach this year’s challenge and gives some advice to participants. Read on to see what she has to say!

How would you approach this year’s theme?

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an immense challenge to achieve because the many stakeholders all have incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements. People adapt, our economy adapts, and innovative entrepreneurs are closest to the scene. When I wrote about innovations contributing to a sustainable energy future in the past, I had not anticipated the emergency we are in today.

However, our entrepreneurs are already out there and adapting. I hope future essay writers will write about that adaptability. This year’s theme has three key ingredients: European economies, high dependency, and fossil fuel energies. To steer away from an unsustainable economy, one of the three needs to change, or perhaps all three of them. So what is it that we can adapt? I would approach this year’s theme with my hopes for a fair economy, fair for us and for the planet. I would continue by thinking about what entrepreneurs could change to help achieve this. In addition, bonus question: What do these entrepreneurs need from policy makers to think, dream and build big?

Why should young people participate in this competition?

Dear future writers, you have a voice worth listening to. Please speak up! Sometimes the brightest ideas don’t make an impact simply because they are not heard by decision makers. You can imagine, that some ideas don’t leave their social bubble. Recently a campaign went viral, because “In the Netherlands, there are more CEOs called “Peter” than female CEOs”. Like this, the voices of Peters might seem louder than yours, even when they shouldn’t. What if this Peter hadn’t seen your latest TikTok on climate change? Can they really represent your community? Take this platform offered to you, to help spark innovative ideas today. I know it made a difference in how far my ideas traveled, I hope it will for you too (even if you’re called Peter).

Do you have any advice for the 2022 competitors?

Take your time. Read old essays, see what still sticks some days later. It might be their key message, the structure of their arguments, their tone of voice, or anything else. Practice what you think captures your idea best, and most of all: keep your audience in mind! Easy right? So just enter! We promise that we won’t grade you. You can’t fail this class. You can only learn from it. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true. Oh, and possibly you will win a great experience. Dream big!

This year’s challenge

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! All you have to do is write a 2,500-word essay in English on the theme above and submit it here before the deadline of 26 September 2022.

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.

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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and subscribe to our newsletter.

Galatea, this summer’s chance for EU funding for smart ships, smart ports, smart shipyards and maritime surveillance

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Galatea, which stands for “Grow and AcceLerate your smArt projecTs in nEw value chAins of the European Blue Economy” has launched a call for services related to blue growth, specifically for smart ships, smart ports, smart shipyards and maritime surveillance. Thanks to this project, which brings together the expertise of 7 ICT, Aerospace and Maritime clusters and 1 research and technology organisation, SMEs can get support on elaboration of business models, technological expertise, internationalisation and funding opportunities. The deadline is 30th of September.

Galatea requirements and aims

Galatea’s call is open to members of the Galatea clusters and innovative SMEs from the maritime, ICT, aero-spatial and aeronautic sectors that are established or have a branch office in a country covered by the project: France, Greece, Poland, Romania and Spain. As well as being related to blue growth, their proposals should take account of the digital and ecological transitions and the circular economy.

The coaching services on offer should help to:

  • improve production processes and reduce raw material consumption;
  • enhance development of new value chains;
  • support development of large-scale demonstrators;
  • ensure access to support through vouchers, services and other mechanisms;
  • give SMEs the chance to expand their markets worldwide.

Details of both opportunities are available at the European Cluster Collaboration Platform here and here.

For information on further funding opportunities, keep checking the Promoting Enterprise News Portal and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

The voice of experience: some top tips from 2018 YEC winner Marija Borg

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As the 26 September deadline for this year’s European SME Week Youth Essay Competition approaches, we asked 2018 winner Marija Elena Borg to share her advice with this year’s cohort and to give them the opportunity to benefit from her experience. You can also read about Marija’s own experience of the YEC here.

Marija impressed the 2018 jury with her essay on the links between innovation and the holistic growth of organisations, and then went on to win the audience vote when she presented her essay at the SME Assembly 2018 in Graz, Austria.

Since her participation in the competition, Marija has moved to Brussels, where she is serving as a technical attaché at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union. We asked her for some advice for this year’s competitors, read on to see what she had to say!

How would you approach this year’s theme?

This year’s theme enables participants to reflect on how a more sustainable economy can be achieved in practice. A substantial reduction in our dependency on fossil fuel energy is therefore a must. From my point of view, great importance should be given to two primary factors: (i) energy-saving initiatives and inventions; as well as (ii) alternative energy sources.

Why should young people participate in this competition?

Besides giving participants the chance to share innovative ideas with changemakers, this competition also provides short-listed candidates with the opportunity to network and explore ideas directly with the (500+!) attendees of the SME Assembly. This bodes well for young people with a keen interest in EU and global affairs.

Do you have any advice for the 2022 competitors?

My advice is rather simple: Think of YEC as the perfect channel to pitch your best ideas to an EU-wide audience. It’s naturally crucial to stay on topic and write concisely – do not simply regurgitate the information you come across but give it a personal twist!

Where are you now? How did winning the Youth Essay Competition inspire and impact your life?

EU affairs have always been of interest to me, even before I took part in the YEC in 2018. Since winning the competition, however, I have been inspired to contribute more actively to the policy-making process, especially in my capacity of Manager at the Malta Business Bureau, i.e. the EU advisory office of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association. Earlier this year, I was given the opportunity to relocate to Brussels and have now assumed the role of Technical Attaché (EU Funds and Programming) at Malta’s Permanent Representation to the EU.

This year’s challenge

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!  All you have to do is write a 2,500-word essay in English on the theme above and submit it here before the deadline of 26 September 2022.

The YEC jury will select three finalists to attend the SME Assembly in Prague 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.

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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and subscribe to our newsletter.

Want to make your voice heard? Write!

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Making your voice heard is not all about who can shout the loudest. Writing in a clear and well-thought-out manner is often the best way to make people listen to what you have to say and to get your thoughts out to a wider public. To mark International Youth Day 2022, on the Promoting Enterprise Portal we are looking at how writing can help young people to realise their potential and make a greater impact. Indeed, one way this impact can be made is through the SME Week Youth Essay Competition 2022.

Writing helps young people to develop their own voice and express how they feel on a variety of subjects, which in turn helps to improve their self-expression, boost their self-confidence and become more assertive when expressing their opinions. The writing process makes it easier for people to formulate their thoughts and express them in a logical way, which in turn improves communication skills.

As with most things – practice makes perfect. The more you write, the better your writing skills will become. Writing regularly will help you become more organized in your writing, and in structuring your thoughts. At the same time, your imagination and creativity will improve. Writing gives you the opportunity to review your thoughts, expand your perspective and express yourself in a measured and well-structured manner.

What’s more, writing helps you to speak out on topics that you care about, express what is important to you and get your ideas out there. So, have we convinced you of the benefits of creative writing? If we have, why not try out your writing skills by taking part in this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition! The YEC gives 18-25-year-olds a platform to share their ideas with key figures and stakeholders involved in enterprise, entrepreneurship and SMEs.

The YEC 2022 challenge

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?

Do you have something interesting to say on this topic? Perhaps you could draw inspiration from the theme of this year’s International Youth Day – Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages – and look at intergenerational approaches to resolving our fossil fuel dependency. Let your imagination run free! All you have to do is write a 2,500-word essay in English on this year’s theme and submit it here or e-mail it to smeweek@loweurope.eu before the deadline of 26 September 2022.

The YEC jury will then select three finalists to attend the SME Assembly in November in Prague, where they will present their essays to the 500+ delegates gathered at the assembly. To help you make the best possible presentation, you will receive training from the YEC team before the event. The winning essay will then be selected in a public vote. The essays of all the finalists will be promoted across EU channels.

It’s time to unleash your inner writer and submit your entry for this year’s competition. Before you start, read through the rules of the competition and please contact smeweek@loweurope.eu if you have any questions.

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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and subscribe to our newsletter.

Eurochambres survey highlights green transition challenges for SMEs

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Eurochambres – the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry – has carried out a survey to investigate the hurdles that companies face in speeding up the green transition and dealing with related skills shortages. The survey also highlights the importance of investing in green skills. Eurochambres represents more than 20 million European businesses – 98% of them SMEs – through its 45 members and a Europe-wide network of 1 700 regional and local chambers of commerce.

Notwithstanding certain hurdles, businesses feel good about the green transition: 69% of respondents say that it has a positive impact on the labour market in their country; just 4% view its impact negatively.

Funding and advice

Eurochambers have promoted various initiatives to prepare companies for the green transition. Foremost amongst these are exchanges of best practices, collaboration with local and regional economic stakeholders, and training and advisory programmes.

For SMEs, advisory programmes are seen as particularly important. The infographic on the survey shows that, together with increased funding opportunities, such programmes are widely viewed as the most effective way of accelerating the green transition in SMEs. For businesses in general, bringing school curricula into line with labour market priorities is considered an important element in the process.

Good practices and recommendations

Details were given of good practices from around Europe, including activities implemented by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which has become a member of the Circular Economy Alliance, in order to train SMEs and their employees in circular economy matters.

Finally, the survey made a series of recommendations. Along with provision of advisory programmes on energy efficiency and circularity and increased public funding, proposals of specific relevance to SMEs are wider dissemination of information on the availability of support in overcoming challenges, and a new approach to offering assistance that involves employment services, educational institutions and public authorities. Other recommendations concern adaptions to curricula at school and adult education levels.

To read the survey and take a look at the infographic, click here.

This article is published in the name and with approval of Eurochambres. For more information on SMEs, visit the European Commission website and get the latest updates on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal. And be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter.

Petri Salminen, President of SMEunited, invited to hold a keynote speech at EU Industry Days

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The upcoming edition of the EU Industry Days, entitled “Unlocking the future: EU industrial ecosystems on the path to the green and digital transition”, aims to stimulate discussions across industrial ecosystems on their green and digital transition, in support of strengthening the resilience of EU companies including SMEs.

In this context, one of the most awaited moments is Petri Salminen’s, President of SMEunited, keynote speech on the 11th of February. The day will run under the Co-creating the green, digital and resilient transition theme and will include a series of meet-the-experts and stakeholder sessions.

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After his election, in December last year, Mr. Salminen stated that the focus of SMEunited would remain on the recovery of SMEs following the pandemic crisis and allowing them to make the digital and green transformation. We are sure you are as curious to find out more about this as we were, so here is what Mr. Salminen shared with us on this topic, but also about the priorities of SMEunited for 2022 and the recently launched Annual Theme “Youth and skills”:

What are the main challenges SMEs are facing at the moment that keep them from making the digital and green transformation?

Many SMEs move very actively towards digital and green transformation. They produce eco-friendly products, install charging stations for electric cars, create mobile apps, set up a webshop, etc. However, EU policy has to provide the right framework for this transition and guarantee a level playing field for all enterprises.

For instance, to support small and medium enterprises to become greener, the next EU Environmental Action Program should include support for eco-innovation and for finance of upfront investments. Another example: the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Organisational Environmental Footprint (OEF) with mandatory information about the lifecycle of products would disproportionally increase red tape and costs for small and medium companies. Therefore, I believe that it must remain voluntary, at least for SMEs and the Commission must bring to life its idea to provide SMEs with an easy-to-use and cost-efficient tool.

The same goes for digital innovation: SMEunited asks the Commission to ensure that all new measures and services allow small and medium businesses to grasp the opportunities of digitalisation. Yes, some SMEs are champions in developing new technologies. Nevertheless, entrepreneurs and workers do not always possess the necessary digital skills, and some companies, especially in rural areas, struggle with access to and/or speed of the Internet. Thus, SMEunited demands that EU policy takes the SME perspective into account. This means that access to data must be ensured, digital training is provided for and standards include SME perspective to guarantee interoperability. Programs like Digital Europe and Horizon Europe must include a percentage of SMEs.

What does a supportive business environment look like in this context?

Apart from a level playing field for all companies, the EU should raise awareness about sustainability to reach all stakeholders, including public authorities, citizens, and SMEs. For example, to encourage repairing goods the VAT Directive recently was amended to allow for reduced VAT rates for repair work. Now, Member States should use this opportunity to make this “incentive” a reality.

93% of all companies in Europe have less than 10 employees. So, I think it is fair that regulations have to comply with the Think Small First principle, thus, limiting burdens and developing legislation based on the capacity of the smallest ones.

Red tape and compliance costs remain huge problems for SMEs. They do not have specialists in their staff for HR and other legal services like big companies do. Entrepreneurs take on these obligations next to their core task, which is running their business. Focus must be on providing quality products and services to their customers, otherwise, they won’t earn any money. The fact is that only businesses that are profitable can invest in renewal and development. Thus, we at SMEunited emphasize that small and medium enterprises demand less bureaucracy and more legal clarity for the green and digital transition. The clock is ticking, so let’s do it asap.

What are the priorities of SMEUnited for 2022 regarding the twin transition?

In the next year, SMEunited will focus on the recovery of small and medium businesses from the pandemic crisis and their twin transition, supported by the funds out of NextGeneration EU. We must build an environment where SMEs can innovate, invest, flourish, and create jobs. European Crafts and SMEs are crucial to succeed with the Green Deal. This means we will be vigilant in the discussions on the Fit for 55 package, the proposals on the sustainable product initiative and right to repair, for instance.

SMEunited will also fight for fair and transparent rules for access to data and SMEs’ activity on digital platforms. SME friendly standards will also have a key role in a smooth transition.

SMEunited just launched the new Annual Theme “Youth and skills”. What made you focus on youth entrepreneurship this year and what is the aim of this new theme?

We decided that it would be a good idea to focus on ‘Youth and skilled workforce’ and thus to work in unison with the European Commission that made 2022 the European Year of Youth. SMEunited will showcase the significant role played by Crafts and SMEs in Vocational Education and Training to equip young people with the right skills to thrive in the labour market. If young people receive apprenticeships in Crafts and SMEs, they experience a smoother transition from school to work. Small and medium companies can also cooperate with vocational schools and training centres to inform them what skills are needed for Crafts and SMEs. We will continue to promote youth entrepreneurship to incentivise young women and men to create their own businesses or continue the work of another entrepreneur after a business transfer.

We invite you to attend Mr. Salminen’s inspiring keynote speech on the 11th of February starting 9:45 CET by registering here. The 2022 edition of the EU Industry Days takes place in hybrid format and it gives you the possibility to join the conference online, from anywhere in the world. The full programme of Eu Industry days 2022 is available here.

Don’t miss anything out and follow all news on European’s Commission website, but also on Twitter and Facebook. Make sure you follow and use the official hashtag #EUIndustryDays.

Inspiring Kristina Dimova invited to speak at the EU Industry Days

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Kristina Dimova, the SME Week 2021 Young Essay Competition winner, continues her journey in the entrepreneurial world and will be present at the upcoming edition of the EU Industry Days.

As you know, the 2022 edition that is entitled “Unlocking the future: EU industrial ecosystems on the path to the green and digital transition”, will take place from 08th to the 11th of February and aims to stimulate discussions across industrial ecosystems on their green and digital transition, in support of strengthening the resilience of EU companies including SMEs.

This year’s edition will also hold discussions on how the young generation can shape the future of EU industry in line with the Commission proposal to make 2022 the European Year of Youth.

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Kristina Dimova, who is 22 and an inspiring representative of her generation, is one of the speakers in the Plenary Session: Inspiring Dialogue with Young Europeans that will take place on 10 February starting 15:30.

Moderated by Olena Sullivan-Prykhodko, 2021 Junior Chamber International Vice President, Co-Founder and Director of Modelex Education Monaco and the British School of Monaco, the session gathers creative young business owners that will share their vision on the future of entrepreneurship.

“Change is inevitable. That’s why businesses must adapt or perish. The way they could adapt is by being as human as possible. The main thesis of my essay is that humanity is the key to sustainability not only for the business plan of the company but in the context of management. However, humanity should be combined with key factors such as digital transformation, ecology, and economic growth.” This is what Kristina highlighted when talking about the competences and skills needed in the future for an entrepreneur, during SME Assembly 2021.

She also added that “Every single business idea must be sustainable both for the environment and for society’s needs.”

With this in mind, we remind you that there it is still time to register and take part in the discussion on turning industrial challenges into opportunities for Europe.

Check out the full programme here and see what sessions are of interest to you!

Stay updated by following all news on European’s Commission website, but also on Twitter and Facebook. Make sure you follow and use the official hashtag #EUIndustryDays.

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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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