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Thursday, December 7, 2006

The Winner of the European Enterprise Awards 2006

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News The Y4 Committee, which brings together 36 organisations from Central Finland, has today won the Grand Prize in the European Enterprise Awards.

A high level jury, made up of independent experts, awarded the prize because Y4 has brought about a ‘cultural change by spreading entrepreneurial thinking in all layers of society’. At the official ceremony of the first European Enterprise Awards in Brussels five other initiatives from local authorities to support entrepreneurship were rewarded in special categories for Enterprise Support, Red Tape Reduction, Investment in People, Responsible Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Trailblazer. Grand Jury Prize The Y4 Committee brings together 36 public organisations to make Central Finland a more entrepreneur-friendly region. Its strategy ensures that the business perspective is taken into account in all decision-making and that people are encouraged to be entrepreneurs whilst adopting ethically sustainable values. Entrepreneurial Trailblazer Award The initiative for start-ups and Business Transfers, IFEX, (Baden-Württemberg Germany) is a wide-ranging regional initiative to support business start-ups and transfers with special focus on women and youth. Its specialised network of 1.400 public and private actors helped to safe-guard 25.000 jobs in the last two years by supporting 2.100 business transfers. Enterprise Support Award The Lienz Marketing Department (Stadtgemeinde Lienz, Austria) has revitalised the city of 12.000 inhabitants and created a cooperative town vision between local residents and entrepreneurs. This has brought back visitors, tourists and clients regenerating the town’s economy and image. Red Tape Reduction Award The On-the-Spot Firm in Coimbra (Portugal) is a special new regime that makes it possible to create a company in less than an hour, in a single office and at a much lower cost than before. The measure was so successful that it was extended to the whole country saving companies over 900.000€ and 150.000 days and creating 10.000 new jobs in the last year. Investment in People Award The Foundation for Research and Training in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (FREE) is a non-profit association which works with the Walloon region (Belgium) to spread the “spirit of entrepreneurship” among school children, students, teachers and the general public. It has produced educational toolkits to stimulate entrepreneurial qualities and helps organise mini-companies at schools, awareness-raising events and clubs for student entrepreneurs. Responsible Entrepreneurship Award Autopromozione Sociale is an inspiring project set up by the Municipality of Rome (Italy) to promote alternative economic activities. It has created a permanent space in the suburbs of Rome where 750 companies work in social and environmental areas such as fair trade, biodynamic agriculture, ethical finance, recycling, energy savings, responsible tourism and free software. Jury’s Special Mentions The Jury has highlighted two outstanding initiatives that bring together values and efforts which the European Enterprise Awards aim to encourage: Municipality of Slovensky Grob, in Slovakia for its revival of the traditional dish of roast goose that has turned the town into a celebrated tourist destination creating jobs and preserving its heritage. Rock City AB, Hultsfred, Sweden, a vibrant meeting place for creative entrepreneurship in music, media and tourism where 25 new companies have been created and products and businesses such as music associations, event and production companies are constantly emerging. For more information on the winners, see http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/06/465&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=fr For more information on the European Enterprise Awards, see: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/entrepreneurship/smes/awards/index_en.htm

Source :  European Commission


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