Hundreds of projects competed in the 2014 national competitions for a chance to represent their country in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards; 22 projects have now been shortlisted. A record number of 31 countries entered the Awards this year including 28 EU member states as well as Iceland, Serbia and Turkey.
A high-level jury representing business, government and academia reviewed the entries and established a shortlist of 22 nominees in six categories. The Jury is chaired by Joanna Drake from the European Commission's Directorate General for DG Enterprise and Industry. The winners for each of the six categories will be announced at a central event of the European SME Week, the SME Assembly on 2 October 2014 in Naples, Italy, to which all nominees will be invited. One project will also receive the prestigious Grand Jury Prize, which will be awarded by Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, the newly appointed Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship.
With reference to the shortlisted projects Ferdinando Nelli Feroci stressed the creativity and imagination used to produce these outstanding results proves exactly why harnessing and celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit is so important to driving the growth of European business. These projects will inspire and encourage young people and women especially, to choose entrepreneurship as a viable career path.