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ISSUE #4, May 2019

Youth Essay Competition 2019 – Launch


Youth are the future, and their voices, opinions and energy are what will shape the future of entrepreneurship and enterprise in Europe. Aiming to tap into this energy, the European Commission has launched the next edition of the annual Youth Essay Competition to find out what the leaders of tomorrow have to say. Be sure to look out across all social media for exciting competition news, as well as tips and tricks from past winners on how to submit a winning entry.

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) are still underway, searching for the best projects from across the participating countries. Do not hesitate to contact your national coordinators and have a read through this edition for the latest winner testimonials.

We hope you enjoy this latest edition and do not forget to submit your news, articles and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue.

Youth Essay Competition 2019 – Submissions open

Youth of Europe, it is time to make your voices heard! If you are between the ages of 18-25 the European Commission wants to hear your ideas and thoughts on the topic of entrepreneurship, SMEs and the European entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Youth Essay competition, organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, is launching for the fourth time and is looking for submissions that answer the following:

“Write the speech that you would give as the new Commissioner for SMEs and entrepreneurship to Europe’s entrepreneurs”

The Youth Essay Competition is a chance to share your thoughts and opinions with key policymakers and entrepreneurs on a European platform within the domains of enterprise, entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Read more on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.

EEPA 2018 – Winner Testimonials

More winners, more testimonials! As we get closer to the European deadline, make sure that you are checking for the latest EEPA 2018 Testimonials available on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal. Read through their stories to find out about their individual successes, what is was like to win, and their top tips for future applicants.

Secrets of Success 2018-2019: Entrepreneurs of Europe – Connecting, Sharing and Innovating

‘Secrets of Success’, the bi-annual brochure that celebrates entrepreneurial successes across Europe and COSME countries, is back with another cohort of innovative entrepreneurs.

The latest edition investigates the journeys that entrepreneurs from across Europe have taken, discovering their motivation, and recording their struggles along the way. In ‘Secrets of Success’ we showcase small and medium-sized enterprises in the European Members States and countries in COSME, Europe’s programme for small and medium-sized enterprises. The entrepreneurs come from wide-ranging sectors, and bring a great variety of experiences to this year’s edition. Despite their differences, they all share the following two values: ‘Learning from Failure’ and ‘Building your Best Team’. Through both struggles and successes, these entrepreneurs are examples of persistence, and highlight the benefits of connecting, sharing and innovating.

Read more on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.

U-START - Startup programme by Veolia

Veolia Germany initiated the U-START programme in order to foster cooperation with innovative startups in the fields of circular economy, climate protection and resource efficiency, and to reduce the market entry time for new concepts for a better world.

Veolia is dedicated to helping startups grow, and giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to engage directly in a co-innovation partnership. Depending on their individual needs and level of maturity, Veolia provides different scale-up opportunities: prototyping, testing facilities for proof of concept, co-creation projects, access to distribution channels etc.

Veolia is launching its fourth U-START call on circular economy together with EIT RawMaterials. Startups can apply here from 1 April to 31 May 2019 for the opportunity to participate in a startup acceleration programme to develop sustainable business ideas in circular economy.

For more information read more on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal and apply online for your chance to participate.

Previous issues – Don’t miss out

Missed the last three issues of the newsletter? Don’t worry! Past issues of the newsletter are all available on the News Portal for you to browse and enjoy.

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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 Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

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