2014 European Enterprise Promotion Awards

January 27, 2014

Funding Scheme: 2014-01-27

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The 2014 edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards was launched by the European Commission, a competition to reward the most imaginative initiatives from EU public bodies and public-private partnerships which support entrepreneurship.

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The national level competition starts now, and in May the country winners will be selected to compete at international level. Participants’ ultimate aim is to win a Grand Jury Prize in Naples in October.

The six entry categories are:

– Promoting entrepreneurial spirit

– Investing in skills

– Improving the business environment

– Supporting the internationalisation of businesses

– Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency

– Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship.

Competition stages

The competition has two stages; applicants must first compete at the national level and will then be eligible to compete at the European level. For the national competition, each country will select two entries to be nominated for the European competition by May 2014.

A shortlist of nominees will be chosen by the European jury. All nominees from the national and European competitions will be invited to attend the Awards ceremony, which recognises the winners for their efforts and gives them the opportunity to present themselves in a pan-European environment. Winners will receive their prizes during a ceremony at the 2014 SME Assembly in Naples, Italy, on 2-3 October.

Background

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.

Url description: Press of the Commission

Url: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-74_en.htm