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ISSUE #7, October 2019

Countdown to the SME Assembly 2019


We are getting closer to the event of the year…the SME Assembly! The prestigious SME Assembly 2019 is just around the corner and will be hosted by the Finnish presidency of the European Commission in Helsinki from 25 – 27 November 2019. Delegates from across the world will come together to hack policy, discuss enterprise and create the governance structure of the Small Business Act.

This year’s Assembly will feature renowned economist Mariana Mazzucato as this year’s Schumpeter Lecturer as well as a host of sessions on the most cutting edge topics for SMEs and the European enterprise ecosystem, on topics such as Sustainable Finance, the Future of jobs, Women in Finance, the Single Market and more.

One of the highlights of the Assembly will be the European finals for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards. 18 shortlisted projects will be competing for the six category prizes and the overall Grand Jury Prize, awarded to the project the jury feels has excelled in their contributions to the European enterprise ecosystem.

The Assembly will be both a physical and digital event with extensive coverage online brought to you by the Promoting Enterprise team. Make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the latest updates and check that you are following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what happens in Helsinki.

Don’t forget to keep visiting the News Portal for key updates such as the introduction of this year’s Schumpeter lecturer, sneak peeks at what this year’s Assembly has to offer and more! We hope you enjoy the newsletter and do not forget to submit your news, articles and updates to be featured in an upcoming issue.

EEPA 2019 – Shortlisted projects

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) received outstanding entries from across the participating countries for the prestigious EEPA 2019 jury to consider for the European shortlist. The jury made their selection in September 2019 and Promoting Enterprise have been introducing each project over on the News Portal. Find out who is competing in each category at the EEPA finals in Helsinki this November:

Get involved in the European SME Week 2019

The European SME week is a pan-European campaign that aims to promote entrepreneurship in Europe. It helps existing entrepreneurs find information on available support and tries to encourage more people to set up their own businesses. Coordinated by the European Commission, this campaign consists of events throughout the whole year. The main event of the European SME week is organised every autumn together with the SME Assembly and the European Enterprise Promotion Awards ceremony.

Find out more, including how to take part, on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.

SME Week Youth Essay Competition – Who is going to Helsinki?

The 2019 Youth Essay Competition jury have decided who will be going to Helsinki to give their speech in front of the SME Assembly 2019 delegates. After much discussion and debate our jury narrowed it down to their Top 4 finalists and would like to congratulate:

• Enzo Ercole Ribagnac
• Radu Dumitrescu
• Estelle Beuve
• Aureliano Ulndrea

Well done to our finalists! Get ready to watch them compete at this year’s Assembly for the chance to be the 2019 SME Week Youth Essay competition winner, and find out more about the on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.

    The path to success – Lean Landing project blueprint

    What does it mean to be an EEPA winner? What goes into a successful project? Last year’s Grand Jury Prize Winner, Lean Landing from Denmark has released a blueprint of their path to success and they want to share it with you!

    In their blueprint they detail all the different steps they went through, lessons learnt, key aspects of their project and more. Have a read through their blueprint here and don’t hesitate to get in touch with them or the Promoting Enterprise team for more information.

    Read more on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.

      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 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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