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ISSUE #1, January 2020

Welcome to 2020!


Welcome back to the SME Week Newsletter!

As we begin 2020, Promoting Enterprise is here to bring you the latest in entrepreneurship, ongoing project calls, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards and so much more.

In this edition we will be looking back on the highlights of 2019, including the exciting EEPA ceremony and winning moments, the SME Assembly 2019 and the SME Week Youth Essay competition. We will also be looking forward to what’s coming in 2020, including upcoming project calls, events and EEPA 2019 updates.

Enjoy the newsletter and do not forget to submit your news, articles and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue.

The 2019 Round Up

2019, what a year for Promoting Enterprise! We were very lucky to meet some inspiring individuals in the world of entrepreneurship, who took the time to share their valuable insights and experiences with us over on the News Portal. We also celebrated the best of Europe with the European Enterprise Promotion Awards, the Secrets of Success brochure and the 4th edition of the SME Week Youth Essay Competition.

Make sure to read our 2019 highlights on the News Portal and stay tuned for exciting events in 2020!

ELIIT – Call to Apply

The ELIIT project promotes partnerships between SMEs specialised in textile, clothing and leather & footwear (TCLF), with providers and owners of innovative technology for the industry. These partnerships facilitate the journey of TCLF towards innovation and being more competitive.

Interested? Apply now!

Read more on the News Portal.

What is it like to be an EEPA winner?

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) 2019 celebrated the best of the best at the SME Assembly 2019 in Helsinki Finland. Over on the News Portal, the 2019 winners are sharing what that winning moment was like and their tips and tricks for submitting an award winning project.

Curious? Head on over to the News Portal and have a read!

INNOSUP – Call to Apply

SMEs encounter multiple challenges over their life cycle. They are often unable to access skills and knowledge and experience more obstacles when having to recruit specialised professionals. The INNOSUP Innovation Associate programme helps SMEs with these specific challenges by providing grants at European level to SMEs to employ a highly-skilled researcher to turn the SME’s innovative idea into an innovation project.

Want to be part of the next call? Find out more on the News Portal and apply!

    SME Strategy Exchange – Online SME Assembly

    The SME Strategy Exchange is looking for ideas and input! Share your thoughts and experiences and contribute to the new SME Strategy in the dedicated SME Assembly LinkedIn group.

    Join “Online SME Assembly” now.

      Stay up to date

      Following all the events, important updates and keeping track of EEPA and SME Assembly activities can be hard work, but don’t worry we have got you covered! Make sure that you are following us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to stay in the loop!

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      Previous issues – Don’t miss out

      Missed the 2019 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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