European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2013
The European Enterprise Promotion Awards aim to recognise innovation and reward the success of public bodies and public-private partnerships in promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship at a national, regional and local level.
25/11/2013: The seven winners of the 2013 European Enterprise Promotion Awards were announced at the 2013 SME Assembly on 25 November in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Latvian project, Think Small First.
An additional six projects from Finland, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Turkey and Slovakia also received prizes for driving enterprise.
30/09/2013: The 2013 European Enterprise Promotion Awards shortlist was announced today. A high-level jury representing business, government and academia reviewed the 53 national winner entries and established a shortlist of 19 nominees in six categories.
The seven winners will be announced at the 2013 SME Assembly, which takes place on 25-26 November in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Welcome to Croatia and Lithuania
01/07/2013: Today marks the first day of Croatia’s official membership of the European Union. Croatia has participated in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards for the last two years with entries including the Croatian Chamber of Economy and Adria Winch, so DG Enterprise and Industry is delighted to welcome Croatia to the EU and as full members of the Competition. We look forward to their continued involvement in the Awards.
Lithuania takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union today. We would like to express our gratitude to its capital city, Vilnius, who will host the Awards ceremony as part of the 2013 SME Assembly.
European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2013 Launched
15/02/2013: The Commission today launched the 2013 European Enterprise Promotion Awards. The awards recognise the best public initiatives and public-private partnerships in promoting business development and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is the most powerful driver of economic growth and job creation.
This year, a new category to reward successful projects to boost green economy has been added to the five existing categories (see below).
About the awards
Since 2006, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards have rewarded excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and small business at a national, regional and local level. Over 2 500 projects have entered since the awards were launched and together they have supported the creation of well over 10 000 new companies. Its objectives are to identify and recognise successful activities and initiatives undertaken to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship, showcase and share examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices, create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in European society and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.
The objectives of the Awards are to:
- identify and recognise successful activities and initiatives undertaken to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship;
- showcase and share examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices;
- create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in society;
- encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.
The six award categories are:
- Promoting entrepreneurial spirit
- Investing in skills
- Improving the business environment
- Supporting the internationalisation of businesses
- NEW – Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency
- Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship.
The award in the new category to support sustainable growth will be given to projects supporting resource efficiency and SME access to green markets.
For further information on the European Commission initiative for entrepreneurship see the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan.