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ISSUE #5, October 2020

The SME Assembly 2020 goes ONLINE!


In the interests of the safety and wellbeing of our community, the decision has been taken by the German Presidency of the Council in cooperation with the European Commission to transform the SME Assembly 2020 into an online event.

The event will feature the usual array of top-level speakers, panels and masterclasses, and will feature a highly curated programme designed for the European enterprise community to share, innovate and continue to build the resilience that has helped us get through the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19.

In this edition we will also be sharing the latest EEPA 2020 announcements, including introductions to some of our top finalists, as well as a closer look at the projects awarded Special Mentions by the 2020 jury.

Don’t forget that we also want to hear YOUR stories, how are you facing these challenging times? Share your news and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue or on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.

Join us ONLINE for the SME Assembly 2020

The SME Assembly 2020 is going online in order to keep our community safe and still ensure the exciting and varied SME Assembly that we all look forward to each year. This year’s Assembly, on 16-17 November, will feature a combination of high-level panels and interviews, expert roundtables, interactive workshops, informative masterclasses, and innovative networking opportunities to help answer the difficult questions facing our community post-COVID.

Top speakers, such as Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz, have already confirmed their participation in this year’s event. We are delighted to inform you that Professor Stiglitz will deliver the 2020 Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ Lecture from New York.

Visit the News Portal for more information and save the dates in your calendars!

EEPA 2020 – Who is on the European shortlist?

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) are now coming to the final stages of the competition and the jury have selected the top projects to compete in the European final. The jury shortlist features projects from 15 countries, and spans the six competition categories:

Consult the EEPA 2020 shortlist on the News Portal and keep visiting every week to be introduced to each of the competing projects and the valuable work they are doing for the European enterprise ecosystem.

EEPA 2020 – Meet the 2020 Special Mentions

In addition to the 2020 EEPA shortlist, the EEPA jury has also selected projects that they wished to award a Special Mention. Special Mentions are given to projects that stand out to the jury but have not been awarded in a particular category. This year the EEPA jury has awarded 6 Special Mentions, across the different categories in recognition of their outstanding work.

Find out more about their work here on the News Portal.

Youth Essay Competition 2020 CLOSED

The 5th edition of the SME Week Youth Essay Competition has closed and the entries are currently being evaluated by the 2020 jury. This year participants answered the following:

What do SMEs need to become sustainable and resilient, in the context of COVID-19 and other global challenges? How can EU policy best aid entrepreneurs?

Look out for updates and announcements concerning the top 3 finalists that will be presenting at the SME Assembly 2020 on the News Portal, Facebook & Twitter.

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