Welcome to the latest edition of the SME Week Newsletter
In this edition of the SME Week newsletter, we are delighted to remind you that the 2021 EEPA Compendium is now available for download. Every year the Compendium showcases all of the shortlisted projects from the previous year and celebrates their achievements, as well as providing some insight into the Awards process – so make sure you check it out!
Other news in this edition includes the ‘Get Digital – Go Green, and Be Resilient’ call for expressions of interest, which will result in a catalogue of innovative digital solutions from the European Union, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine to help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and increase economic resilience.
We also announce the members of this year’s EEPA Jury, tease the launch of the seventh edition of the SME Week Youth Essay Competition, and introduce you to some initiatives being implemented across the EU to support Ukrainian refugees fleeing Ukraine, following Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against its neighbour.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you too – so please share with us stories that you believe will be of interest to the wider SME community, along with your news and updates to be featured in an upcoming newsletter, or on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.
EEPA Compendium is now available
In 2021, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) celebrated its 15th edition and continued to reward projects furthering innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. Despite the continued influence of the global pandemic, with COVID-19 impacting SMEs and the European economy as a whole, EEPA made sure that the latest innovative enterprise concepts were still celebrated and recognised at the European level. These projects have now been gathered in one place – the EEPA Compendium.
Russian aggression in Ukraine has refocused international efforts on energy dependence and supply chain resilience. Within this context, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), along with the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), and the European Digital SME Alliance (DigitalSME) have launched a call for expressions of interest with a view to creating a catalogue of innovative digital solutions.
The initiative aims to put the spotlight on digital solutions and business models that can offer the most impactful approaches to becoming less dependent on oil, gas and raw materials, and more resilient within the global supply chain.
Get more information and register to take part here.
Introducing the 2022 EEPA Jury
We are excited to introduce you to the seven 2022 European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) jury members. The EEPA jury is made up of representatives from the European Commission, business associations, academia, the current European presidencies, and the last Grand Jury Prize winner.
Let´s give a warm welcome to Outi Slotboom from the European Commission, who will preside the jury, the Committee of the Regions’ representative, Thomas Wobben; Selma Yilmaz-Schwenker representing last year’s Grand Jury prize-winner; Thomas Cooney who will be contributing an academic perspective; Christel Delberghe who provides expertise from a business association perspective; Caroline Mischler representing the French EU presidency; and the Czech EU presidency’s representative, Marian Piecha.
Find out more about this year’s Jury here, and access an exclusive interview with Mr. Thomas Cooney filled with his tips and tricks for participants here. Make sure to keep a look out for more interviews - they’re coming soon!
It's that time of the year again - Youth Essay Competition (YEC) 2022 is launching soon!
The launch of the seventh edition of the SME Week Youth Essay Competition is imminent. Work is continuing on the concept for this year’s competition and we will make an announcement soon – so make sure to check the Prompting Enterprise portal regularly for details.
Organised by the European Commission Directorate-General for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, the YEC is an opportunity for 18-25-year-olds to share their ideas and viewpoints with key figures and stakeholders in the spheres of enterprise, entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Initiatives support refugees fleeing Russia's aggression against Ukraine
Europe has seen millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine following Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against its neighbour. According to the United Nations, more than 12 million people are believed to have fled their homes in Ukraine since the conflict began, with7.1 million Ukrainians displaced internallyand5.2 million fleeingto neighbouring countries and beyond.
On the Promoting Enterprise portal, we reached out to SME Week National Coordinators for information on initiatives being implemented across the EU to support Ukrainian refugees and help them integrate.
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.