Brussels, 4 October 2012
Enterprise Promotion Awards: Shortlist of best
European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) nominees help
people create and grow businesses: technological or
traditional, local or international. The EEP Awards
recognise innovation and reward the success of public
bodies and public-private partnerships in promoting
enterprise and entrepreneurship at national, regional and
local levels. This year's projects supported
entrepreneurs - aged from 10 to over 50 years - as across
Europe they set-up and improve the Small and Medium Sized
Enterprises (SMEs) which are crucial to our economy. The
winners for each of the five categories will be announced
at the first ever SME Assembly on 15 November 2012 in
Cyprus. One project will also receive the prestigious Grand
European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani,
responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, commented,
"The creativity shown by these projects demonstrates
exactly why harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit is so
important to drive European business. These best practice
projects underline that small businesses not only drive
future economic success but that their sector is
increasingly accessible and inclusive.
We need to multiply these concrete
success stories and make Europe more business-oriented and
business-friendly, in particular in the current economic
For more information on the shortlisted
projects, please see
Full information about the awards, the jury and its
Watch a video of last year's grand prize winner, Barcelona
The Small Business Act
Over 402 projects competed in this year's national
competitions, for a chance to enter the European Awards.
The Awards received entries from a record-breaking 30
European countries: all 27 EU Member States as well as
Croatia, Serbia and Turkey. A high-level jury representing
business, government and academia reviewed the 57 national
winner entries and established a shortlist of 14 nominees
in five categories.
Category 1: Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit
Belgium: Supporting pre-start-ups in
Flanders to create over 200 new businesses.
Cyprus: Boosting women's entrepreneurship
from 10% to near 30% in 10 years by providing easy
access to financing through a cooperative bank set up
by female entrepreneurs.
Netherlands: 'Growing' the spirit of
enterprise in children aged 10-12.
UK: Raising aspiration for enterprise
among hard-to-reach groups; creating 890 jobs through
Category 2: Investing in Skills
France: 'PROGRESS' for the
social and solidarity economy, resulting in the
creation of 880 jobs.
Sweden: Fostering a digital
visualisation cluster and entrepreneurship in a small
rural military town.
Category 3: Improving the Business Environment
Denmark: Assisting businesses in crisis by
supporting entrepreneurs with their business needs.
Estonia: e-Annual reporting, leading to
savings of over 4.5 million.
Italy: Tackling difficulties faced by SMEs
in urban areas by providing access to advice or funding
to over 200 businesses.
Category 4: Supporting the Internationalisation of Business
Category 5: Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship:
Turkey: Supporting disabled people in the
workplace by providing job training and a mentor
Luxembourg: Recognising commitment to
socially responsible business.
Lithuania: Establishing a unified approach
to CSR by offering training and support to over 500
Since 2006, the European Enterprise Awards has rewarded
excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and small business
at a national, regional and local level. Its objectives 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 and
encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.
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