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ISSUE #2, March 2018

EEPA 2018 – Call for national submissions

Welcome to the March edition of the SME Week Newsletter!

Today we bring you the latest updates from EEPA 2018, the upcoming Ideas from Europe final and the latest events across Europe in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, startups and enterprise. Read on for two special features on the Maltese SME Week, and an exciting initiative for SMEs from Austria, both of which highlight the diversity of the European entrepreneurial community.

Interested in learning more? Keep reading and don’t forget to send in your updates and contributions about your latest activities, events and initiatives, to be featured in upcoming editions.

EEPA 2018

The national competitions are well under way and the search for the national winners has begun. Do remember that each national deadline is different so be sure to check the EEPA 2018 factsheets here for information on submission deadlines and national coordinator contacts.

This year is also the chance for all green projects to show us their amazing work! The previously suspended ‘Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency’ category is back and open for submissions. This category is looking to recognise
initiatives that support SME access to green markets and help to improve their resource efficiency through, for example, green skills development and matchmaking, as well as funding.

Need inspiration? Have a look at previous winners on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal and apply today!
Download the 2017 EEPA Compendium in your language

National EEPA 2018 competitions: Germany

Wanted: Germany’s most inspiring enterprise promoters! In early March, Germany launched its national EEPA campaign to search for the most inspiring, innovative and creative enterprise promoters. Once selected, the German national winners will be celebrated in a national ceremony and furthermore, the ten best applicants will be published as best practices in an online brochure.

If you have contributed to the entrepreneurial ecosystem’s development with new methods or strategies, then contact your national
EEPA coordinator in Germany, or apply directly online. The deadline for national submission is 4 May 2018, so prepare your applications!

SME Week: The Maltese story

The European SME Week is a pan-European campaign that promotes entrepreneurship in Europe, helps existing entrepreneurs find information on available support and encourages more people to set up their own businesses. Every year national coordinators across Europe work hard to prepare their national editions often focused on current themes with a variety of national events. Read on to find out about the 2017 Maltese edition and what to expect from Malta in 2018.

Malta SME Week provides insight into what the EU and national institutions offer to support SMEs. The 2017 events were spread over a month and featured conferences, seminars, training sessions, fairs 
and info-sessions. These were held in collaboration with a number of stakeholders such as the Malta Employers Association (which received an EEPA 2017 Special Mention), the Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs, the National Council of Women, Business and Professional Women Malta, the Commerce Department, the General Retailers and Traders Union, the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Malta Enterprise and the Gozo Business Chamber.

Featured topics included the effect of current social problems on businesses, and second chances. The Week also hosted the second edition of Women Mean Business during which a panel of female entrepreneurs shared their experiences and best practices, followed by workshops on marketing and
internationalisation and access to finance.

Planning has begun for the 2018 Malta SME Week, which is likely to feature the third edition of Women Mean Business and have more activities focused on young female start-ups and students.

For more information on the
Malta SME Week be sure to check out their Facebook page.

Ideas from Europe Final

On April 24 in The Hague, The Netherlands, we invite you to be inspired by innovative European entrepreneurs with solutions to our global challenges, and challenge you to participate in the joint development around these solutions! Share your resources, expertise and network for the solutions we all want to become a part of our daily lives.

All 12 finalists, including the special mention and the wildcard winner, will take to the stage to present their innovative solutions. There will be plenty of opportunities to engage with the speakers, as well as other stakeholders from the Ideas from Europe network.

The event will also feature keynote speeches from Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s, and Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate for The Netherlands.

Save the date and hopefully see you there!

Trade facilitation in the CEFTA Region towards a single EU market

The “Trade Facilitation in CEFTA Region towards EU Single Market” conference, organised by the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro will take place in Podgorica on 26 April 2018, under the Single Market Forum 2017/2018.
The conference aims to raise awareness of both public and private sectors, on the importance of the trade facilitation process in the region.

The conference will host various panels with high level speakers on a range of topics including:

  • The importance of the international legal framework for trade facilitation, presented by representatives from the The World Trade Organisation (WTO), the European Commission, the World Bank, the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) Secretariat and the National Committee for Trade Facilitation of Montenegro.
  • Cross border trade experiences and involvement in the implementation of trade facilitation measures for the private sector.
  • Presentations from regional custom services and regional food and veterinary agencies.
Besides the involvement of representatives from the WTO, World Bank, the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) and the CEFTA Secretariat. The main focus will be on companies with Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.
For more information, please visit the official web page of the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro.

KMU DIGITAL - the Austrian Digitisation Initiative for SMEs

There has been a strong demand for the Austrian digitisation initiative KMU DIGITAL which provides comprehensive support for SMEs in order to define and implement their respective digitisation strategies. In the first five months of the programme more than 400 digitalisation consultants have been certified, and more than 3 000 grant applications submitted. The programme includes financial support, consulting services, events, webinars, analysis tools and training programs.

KMU DIGITAL covers a vast array of 
digitisation topics – such as e-commerce and social media, smart production and internet of things, e-recruiting and near field communication (NFC) and data and IT security and cybercrime protection. It also offers support on several levels, from a free online check to free potential analysis by certified digitisation consultants to consulting services and training for entrepreneurs and their employees.

Visit the initiative website for more information.

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