Thu 2 October 2014
The winners of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards will be announced at the Awards ceremony tonight at the SME Assembly, in Naples, Italy.
The objectives of the Awards are to:
- identify and recognise successful activities and initiatives undertaken to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship;
- showcase and share examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices;
- create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in society;
- encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.
22 projects were shortlisted, with a record number of 31 countries entered into the Awards this year including 28 EU member states. There are 6 award categories; the winner from each category will be announced this evening. One project will also receive the prestigious Grand Jury Prize which will be awarded by Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, the newly appointed Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship. The Grand Jury Prize can be from any category and will go to the entry considered the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe.
The six award categories are:
Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit - Recognises initiatives at national, regional or local level that promote an entrepreneurial mindset especially among young people and women
Investing in entrepreneurial skills - Recognises initiatives at national, regional or local level to improve entrepreneurial and managerial skills
Improving the business environment - Recognises innovative policies at national, regional or local level which promote enterprise start-up and growth, simplify legislative and administrative procedures for businesses and implement the “Think Small First” principle in favour of small and medium-sized enterprises
Supporting the internationalisation of business - Recognises policies and initiatives that encourage at national, regional or local level enterprise and particularly small and medium-sized businesses to benefit more from the opportunities offered by markets both inside and outside the European Union
Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency - Recognises policies and initiatives at national, regional or local level that support SME access to green markets and help to improve their resource efficiency through, for example, green skills development and matchmaking as well as funding.