Wed 25 February 2015
January 20th marked the launch of the 2015 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, a competition to reward the most imaginative and successful initiatives from public bodies and public-private partnerships which support entrepreneurship; and small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
Organisations from all EU Member States (plus Iceland, Norway, Serbia and Turkey) are eligible to take part in the competition. The ultimate aim of the participants is to win the Grand Jury Prize, which will be announced in Luxembourg on 19 November, during the SME Assembly, which is the main event of European SME Week. Past winners include Outset (UK, 2012), which to change beliefs about the ability of members of the most vulnerable societal groups to start a small business and Think Small First (Latvia, 2013) which promotes the creation of a special tax rate and simplified tax accounting system.
How to participate
The competition has two stages: first, applicants must first compete at the national level; and then these national winners are eligible to compete at the European level. During the national competition, each country will select two entries to be nominated for the European competition by June 2015.
A shortlist of nominees will then be chosen by the European jury. All nominees from the national and European competitions will be invited to attend the Awards ceremony, which recognises the winners for their efforts and gives them the opportunity to present themselves in a pan-European environment. The Awards ceremony takes place at the SME Assembly, the go to conference for SMEs and those who support them.