Welcome to the latest edition of the SME Week Newsletter
In this edition of the SME Week newsletter, we have two important announcements: the launch of the 2022 SME Week Youth Essay Competition (YEC) and the launch of the new and improved version of the Promoting Enterprise App. Let’s take them one by one!
The YEC gives young people a chance to share their ideas for solving the big challenges of today with key figures from the world of business. This year’s topic is ‘How can future young entrepreneurs contribute to a more sustainable economy?’ So if you’re aged 18-25 and have any bright ideas, send them in to the link below!
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has launched a new and improved version of the Promoting Enterprise App, enabled by the SwapCard platform. The new app will transform your SME Week and SME Assembly experience with its many novel features and will extend the benefits of SME Week long beyond the three days of the event. Scroll down for the details!
Other news includes an important announcement about the SME Assembly 2022, sharing the official date and location of the year´s most expected event for the sector, more details of support for Ukrainian refugees and links to interviews with two jury members for the 2022 European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). We also have details of the ‘The Single Market, the Natural Playground for European SMEs’ conference at which EEPA jury members participated in the month of June in Paris.
As ever, we are happy to hear from you, our readers. So please share any stories you have that might be of interest to the SME community. They could be featured in a future newsletter or on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.
Youth Essay Competition now open
The 7th edition of the YEC is now open. Organised every year by the European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), the competition aims to focus young minds on solving important societal challenges.
Europe’s economy is highly dependent on fossil fuels, so entrants are asked to write a 2 500-word essay in English on how future entrepreneurs can contribute to a more sustainable economy. Send your entry here by 26 September 2022.
Transform your SME Week experience with the new Promoting Enterprise App
For the first time, the Promoting Enterprise App will be available over a longer period of time, enabling SME Assembly participants and others interested in entrepreneurship and SMEs in Europe to connect with each other throughout the year.
With an array of new improved features, the new app will serve as a platform for everybody interested in enterprise, entrepreneurship and SMEs in Europe, offering them a space where they can network, make contacts and leverage synergies.
Moreover, the app has in store valuable information on policy topics, interesting webinars, SME Week activities, European Enterprise Promotion Awards updates, opinion polls, discussion forums and many more.
Find out everything about the app from our article here.
SME Assembly 2022 - Save the date
The SME Assembly 2022 will take place in Prague on 28-30 November, so save the date!
Organised together with the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Assembly will feature panel discussions, round tables, interactive masterclasses and networking opportunities. We will also find out the 2022 EEPA winners.
Read more here and stay tuned for more news coming soon!
Valuable insights from EEPA Jury members
This month we welcome EEPA jury members, Outi Slotboom and Marian Piecha. Representing the European Commission, Outi Slotboom is Director for Strategy and Economic Analysis at DG GROW and President of this year’s EEPA jury and Marian Piecha, who represents the Czech EU Presidency, is the Deputy Minister for EU Funds and Digital Economy at the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Read their interviews, in which they give valuable advice for EEPA participants,here and here.
EEPA Jury members at Single Market Conference
A conference entitled ‘The Single Market, the natural playground for European SMEs’ was held in Paris on 21 June attended by EEPA jury members, Outi Slotboom, Caroline Mischler and Marian Piecha. Referring to the importance of the Single Market, Caroline Mischler said, ‘it’s thanks to the Single Market that European companies, particularly SMEs, are stronger and more mobile and can export more easily.’
Conclusions from the event included the need to correctly implement jointly agreed rules in order to deliver the greatest benefits for SMEs.
Did you miss it? No worries! You can watch the conference here.
Initiatives support refugees fleeing Russia's aggression against Ukraine
Initiatives are ongoing around Europe to provide assistance to the more than 5 million people who have fled Ukraine following Russia’s military aggression.
Examples include the ‘Ukrainian women in Berlin’ project, which helps refugees to settle and make decisions about employment; Slovakia’s #KtoPomôžeUkrajine (Who Helps Ukraine) platform, which provides refugees with information in their own language on accommodation and social, psychological and financial support; and Poland’s PomagamUkrainie.gov.pl (I Help Ukraine) website, which supports people looking for assistance and those wanting to help by providing information on the various types of assistance on offer or needed.
Against the background of Russian aggression in Ukraine, there is a renewed international focus on energy dependence and supply chain resilience. The European Commission’s DG GROW, the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) and the European Digital SME Alliance (DigitalSME) have thus launched the ‘Get Digital: Go Green and Be Resilient’ initiative. It is a call for expressions of interest aimed at creating a catalogue of innovative digital solutions that can reduce reliance on oil, gas and raw materials and bolster resilience within global supply chains.
The deadline for submitting solutions is 31 August 2022. Find out more and register to take part here.
SME Week 2022 - Upcoming events
The European SME Week is a pan-European campaign that aims to promote entrepreneurship in Europe. It helps and supports existing entrepreneurs and encourages potential entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses. Find upcoming SME Week events here.
You can also organise your own event. Events can be submitted to the calendar and national coordinators will help with selection and organisation and offer general support.
The information and views set out in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged. The European Enterprise Promotion Awards is a key initiative of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. This publication is financed under the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, which is mostly managed by the EISMEA - European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency.