EEPA, Brussels, 4 October 2016
The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) are an initiative by the EU Commission to promote entrepreneurship and small business at the national, regional and local level. This year, over 343 National EEPA entries were received from 31 participating countries and a total of 18 projects have been shortlisted for judging by the awards jury. Winners will be announced at the 2016 awards ceremony held during the SME Assembly 2016 in Bratislava from 23rd-25th November.
Hundreds of projects competed in the 2016 national competitions for a chance to represent their country in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards. The 31 countries that entered the Awards this year submitted a total of 343 entries – twenty-five more than in 2015. 57 of these projects were selected by the 31 National Co-ordinators and were put forward to the European level of the competition, with the most popular category again being ‘Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit’.
This year’s jury was made up of members of the outgoing Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the current Slovakian Presidency, along with representatives from the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, business, and academia. Following a great deal of deliberation, the jury established a shortlist of 18 nominees in six categories. The winners for each of the categories will be announced at a central event of European SME Week, the SME Assembly in Bratislava, to which all nominees will be invited. The prestigious Grand Jury Prize winner and special mentions will also be announced at the EEPA ceremony.
Referring to the shortlisted projects, Elżbieta Bieńkowska (European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), praised the innovation and hard work that produced these exceptional results and stressed the continued need to promote the entrepreneurial spirit across all EU member states. These projects foster entrepreneurial spirit while also providing tangible benefits to communities.
The categories and the shortlisted entries (in alphabetical order by country) are:
Senior Advisor Jyri Wuorisalo is representing the Human Security Finland and Kuopio Innovation Ltd at the awards ceremony held during the SME Assembly 2016 in Bratislava from 23rd-25th November.
Human Security Finland (Business opportunities from the Human Security expertise) is a national international development and crisis management business network. It facilitates the formation of business partnerships between Finnish companies and experts aimed at assisting developing countries and crisis-hit regions with solutions to support sustainable development. These partnerships not only promote development cooperation, but ease the transition from development cooperation to commercial cooperation. The network combines business, education and research for human security. 100 organisations are now involved in the concept known as ‘crisis business’, which is based on commercialising human security expertise.