Brussels, 4 October 2012
Enterprise Promotion Awards: Shortlist of best entrepreneurship policies
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 Jury Prize.
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 situation.”
For more information on the shortlisted projects, please see MEMO/12/739
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
Category 2: Investing in Skills
Category 3: Improving the Business Environment
Category 4: Supporting the Internationalisation of Business
Category 5: Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship:
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.