Welcome to the first edition of the SME Week Newsletter for 2022!
It is only the beginning of the year, and we are just about ready to start thinking about the 2022 edition of the European SME Week.
Through events, competitions and initiatives, this pan-European campaign helps existing entrepreneurs to find support and also encourages people to set up their own businesses. The SME Assembly, our flagship event, will take place towards the end of the year in a location we hope to share shortly.
As always, we would like to hear any stories regarding your start of the year and invite you to share any news with us for the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.
We would also like to introduce you to the new Your Europe page avalaible in Ukranian in this link, and encourage you to share it on your social media account.
The 2022 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) has kick-started. The competition supports entrepreneurship and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) through awarding innovative initiatives of public bodies and public-private partnerships.
The European Enterprise Promotion Awards aim not only at identifying and recognizing successful activities and initiatives undertaken to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship, but also at showcasing and sharing examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices. The EEPA create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in society and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.
Culinary Action! by Basque Culinary Centre from Spain, winner of Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit category said:
“It will validate your work at an international level. Just by being selected as a finalist, you will get European wide recognition and the opportunity to interact and network with a variety of European actors.”
Grand Jury Prize 2021 winner COMPETENZentrum für Selbständige by Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen e. V. from Germany, and also first prize winner in Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills category, thinks that:
“The EEPA is a great chance to make your project more visible and cooperate with other organizations to spread information about your successful work. It gives you the possibility to present your project as a model – both at a national and international level – and, ultimately, to reach your goals for a larger community all over Europe. Applying is definitely worth a try.”
The winner of Category 6, Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Inkludera by Inkludera from Sweden, found inspiration at the 2021 SME Assembly and told us:
“We believe it’s a great forum for being inspired by other organizations.”
SME Assembly 2021 was for sure an inspiring and empowering event. Let’s watch some of the key moments from last year and relive the experience!
If we have convinced you to join EEPA 2022, see below how it works:
The participating countries invite projects or initiatives to apply for the national competitions for the 2022 edition. Each national competition will announce two national winners, who will proceed to compete at the European level prior to the European deadline of 25 July 2022. The prestigious EEPA jury of 2022 will then carefully review each of the national winners, where the top projects will make the European shortlist.
All shortlisted nominees from both the national and European competition levels will receive invitations to the Awards Ceremony at the annual SME Assembly co-hosted by the Czech Presidency of the Council and the European Commission in November.
Want to participate? Find your national EEPA factsheet with all the information you need here.