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EEPA 2017 ShortlistYECEstonia
ISSUE #5, September 2017

The day we have all been waiting for has arrived:
We know who is on the EEPA 2017 shortlist!

The day we have all been waiting for has arrived. Continue reading to find out who made it!
This year the
Youth Essay Competition received almost triple the number of essays in comparison to the first edition back in 2016. The EEPA Jury are busy reviewing all of the essays, so stay tuned to the Promoting Enterprise Portal to find out who the shortlisted candidates are in October.
Enjoy reading this edition of the SME Week Newsletter and be sure to follow us on social media and on the portal for all the latest updates.

In 2017 a total of 305 National EEPA entries were received from 32 participating countries, which were then narrowed down by the national EEPA coordinators to 56 projects put forward for the European level of the competition. At a meeting in Brussels on 26 September, the EEPA Jury drew up a project shortlist for each of EEPA’s project categories. You can find the 15 shortlisted winning projects here and also download the press release with more details.

This year the winners are spread across 11 different countries with Estonia, France and Portugal featuring two winning projects each on the list. We will present all of the shortlisted projects, category by category, on the
Promoting Enterprise News Portal over the next few weeks.

The winner in each category will be revealed at the EEPA Awards Ceremony during the
SME Assembly from 22 - 24 November in Tallinn, Estonia, when the Grand Jury prize-winner will also be announced. All of the national winners will have their costs covered to send one representative to attend the SME Assembly, while shortlisted projects will be able to send two representatives.

Who will win? We can’t wait to find see you all in Tallinn for the results!
To keep up with all the news ahead of the 11th annual European Enterprise Promotion Awards this November, follow the link to
EEPA news.

 European SME Week Youth Essay Competition 2017 – What’s next?

The Youth Essay Competition 2017 submission period is now closed. Thank you to all the participants for all your hard work! This year the competition is getting even tougher, with submissions from across 23 countries and triple the number of entries from 2016. This year the top three countries were Ukraine, Serbia and the United Kingdom. We also received entries from Russia, Egypt and Nigeria. Unfortunately, we can only accept submissions from citizens of COSME countries, but thank you for sending us your ideas! 

Read more about what happens next on the Promoting Enterprise Portal>>

Theme of the month: Estonian entrepreneurs

This month Promoting Enterprise presented and met five young Estonians in our ‘Meet an Estonian entrepreneur’ series! Why Estonian entrepreneurs? This year the SME Assembly 2017, the flagship event for European SME Week, will be held in Tallinn under the Estonian presidency from 22-24 November 2017. In order to get ready for the event, Promoting Enterprise will be exploring Estonia as a digital pioneer as well as meeting the exciting entrepreneurs it has to offer!
To find out more about each of the entrepreneurs >> 

Fast fact

The Estonian state currently offers 600 e-services to its citizens and another 2,400 to businesses. Watch the video>>

Event calendar

October 2017

●    4-6 October: South Summit, Madrid, Spain
●    10 October:
Regio Stars Awards, Brussels, Belgium
●    10 October: 
Supporting cities and regions to become successful digital ecosystemsBrussels, Belgium
●    11-12 October:
Salon des entrepreneurs, Marseille, France
●    18 October:
Grand Finale Nordic Startup Awards, Stockholm, Sweden

November 2017

●    08-09 November: GROW your REGIOn conference: Boosting smart interregional collaboration through clusters, Valencia, Spain
●    11 November: : Making inter-regional and strategic cluster collaboration work for SMEs - the case of advanced manufacturing, Brussels, Belgium
●    20-24 November:
2nd European Vocational Skills Week, Europe
●    20-24 November:
Invest Week 2017, Europe
●    21-24 November:
SME Assembly 2017, Tallinn, Estonia

and of course all   events.

The Second European Vocational Skills Week

The Second European Vocational Skills Week will take place on 20 to 24 November 2017! This year the week will have events in Brussels, Member States and EFTA and EU candidate countries. Have a look at the current programme to find out about the events and keep checking the website for more events to come. 

The week will also include the second edition of the very popular vocational education and training (VET) excellence awards, which will be presented during a ceremony by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility. To find out more about the different categories have a look here


Taking the future into their own hands

The EU and its Member States have been promoting entrepreneurial competences among young people as a pathway to taking an active part in society.

This report presents the findings and conclusions of a major study which mapped, described and analysed the contribution of youth work to supporting young people to become active and entrepreneurial citizens of Europe. The report delivers concrete recommendations for policymakers, as well as for the formal education sector and for youth work organisations, on how to increase the impact of young people’s entrepreneurial learning.

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The information and views set out in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged. The European Enterprise Promotion Awards is a key initiative of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. This publication is financed under the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, which is mostly managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

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