Welcome to this new edition of the SME Week Newsletter!
What an exciting month! The SME Assembly on 15-17 November was a great success, and we would like to extend our warm thank you to our hosts from the Slovenian Presidency in Portorož, Slovenia.
We hope you all enjoyed and benefitted from the event. If you would like to relive your SME Assembly experience, you can find an overview in this Euronews report, and below, you can find coverage of the Schumpeter Lecture, news from the EEPA class of 2021, day-by-day coverage of the event and news on our Youth Essay Competition winner, so read on!
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SME Assembly 2021 – Relive the experience
The SME Assembly 2021 was full of inspiration, innovation, policy sessions, networking, lectures and more! Don’t worry if you didn’t catch everything, Promoting Enterprise has got you covered!
European Enterprise Promotion Awards Class of 2021
The European Promotion Enterprise Awards celebrated its 15th anniversary during the SME Assembly 2021. On the second day of the SME Assembly, on November 16, six category winners were awarded with EEPA prizes and an overall Grand Jury Prize winner was crowned as the most outstanding project across the six categories for 2021.
We extend our warmest congratulations to our entire EEPA class of 2021 and in particular to our category champions.
YEC 2021 – Bulgarian Kristina Dimova wins SME Week Youth Essay Competition 2021
Kristina Dimova, a 22-year-old from Bulgaria, was proclaimed the winner of this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition during the SME Assembly 2021.
The main thesis of Kristina’s essay is that humanity is the key to sustainability not only for companies’ business plans but also in the context of management. “However, humanity should be combined with key factors such as digital transformation, ecology, and economic growth,” she says.
Find out more about Kristina and this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition here.
Speaking at the European Commission’s SME Assembly 2021 during the Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ Lecture, joint Nobel Prize laureate Professor Lučka Kajfež Bogataj from the University of Ljubljana stressed that the world needs “enlightened policies and governance, and an engaged citizenry if we are to achieve long-term sustainability.”
Reflecting on the new social and political dynamics brought on by the pandemic, professor Bogataj focused on the role of SMEs and enterprises in achieving the transition to a sustainable economy.
Professor Bogataj said that business had a crucial role to play in sustainable transition, adding that it should switch:
• from accumulation to distribution,
• from an economy of extraction to regeneration, and
• from competition to co-operation.
Find out more about this year’s Schumpeter lecture here.
Stay up to date
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