European SME week
The European SME week is a pan-European campaign that aims to promote entrepreneurship in Europe. It helps existing entrepreneurs find information on available support and tries to encourage more people to set up their own businesses. Coordinated by the European Commission, this campaign consists of events throughout the whole year. The main event of the European SME week is organised every autumn together with the SME Assembly and the European enterprise promotion awards ceremony.
Main objectives of the SME week
- to inform entrepreneurs about support available at EU, national, regional, and local level
- to encourage more people to become entrepreneurs
Launch of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards #EEPA2022
Annually, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards identify and recognize the most successful promoters of enterprise and entrepreneurship around Europe.
The competition rewards the most innovative initiatives from public bodies and public-private partnerships, which support entrepreneurship, and small and medium sized enterprises.
Checkout our Promoting Enterprise News Portal to find out how it will work and see below what the six categories for this year are:
• Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit
• Investing in skills
• Improving the business environment and supporting the digital transition
• Supporting the internationalisation of business
• Supporting the sustainable transition
• Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship
If you are still looking for good reasons to enter the EEPA 2022 competition, we have asked the #EEPA2021 winners and gathered plenty of reasons in this article.
Make sure you don’t miss any news by following the Promoting Enterprise News Portal.
Key takeaways from EU Industry Days 2022
This year’s edition of EU Industry Days brought together a multitude of sessions on industry challenges, opportunities and policy responses with a wide range of stakeholders. With a strong focus on SMEs, this edition opened discussions on their needs, the role of the cluster network, social entrepreneurship and the new SMEs fund, to name a few.
The event also focused on the role of young people in line with the Commission’s 2022 European Year of Youth in a series of conversations about social equality, youth unemployment and the precarious nature of work and the urgent call for sustainable and socially responsible business models. Kristina Dimova, winner of the Youth Essay Competition 2021, was among the inspiring young people invited to participate in one of the plenary sessions.
We have attended the key sessions on SMEs. You can find out all about this year’s edition here.
More info: ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/sme-strategy/european-sme-week_en
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