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Welcome to the July edition of the SME Week newsletter! 

This month, we’re focusing on youth. It goes without saying that young entrepreneurs are the future of European enterprise, which is why the tagline for this year’s SME Week, Inspiring a new generation of European entrepreneurs, is a nod to our role as an institution, and as individuals, in nurturing their talent.
Throughout July on the Promoting Enterprise blog, we’ll be featuring young people who are doing big things in the world of enterprise - as founders, creators, and innovators.
If you know any young entrepreneurs who deserve recognition, let us know and we’ll do our best to feature them on the blog and across our social media channels.
And don’t forget to spread the word about our youth essay competition to the young people you know (see below).
See you next month!

Are you 16-25 years old?

Tell us what the EU can do to encourage more young entrepreneurs and you could be on your way to Bratislava!


Do you have a bright idea about what the EU could do to help more young people become entrepreneurs? Would you like the opportunity to share your thoughts with policymakers and entrepreneurs on a European stage?

European SME Week, under the patronage of the European Commissioner for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, has launched a youth essay contest aimed at 16-25 year olds across Europe.

Write an essay of no more than 2,500 words under the heading: “What can the EU do to encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs?” and you could be in with a chance of getting your voice heard on one of Europe’s most pressing economic questions.


What kind of (Single) Market do start-ups and SMEs need?

Businesses across Europe already benefit from the European Single Market, but there are still challenges to tackle before SMEs and start-ups can fully gain from it. This was discussed during the final Single Market Forum, held in Amsterdam in June. Start-ups, SMEs, experts and government officials all agreed that it should be easier for businesses to start-up, hire talent, comply with administrative issues, win public tenders, scale-up and trade cross-border in Europe.
Find out the main takeaways for start-ups and SMEs>>

Join the discussion group on LinkedIn>>

On the blog…

Keep up-to-date with the latest European entrepreneurship news, features and interviews on the Promoting Enterprise blog. Here are a few highlights from the past month:


Catch up with June’s Entrepreneur in Residence:

Kenny Ewan’s posts



Polish national EEPA winners announced

Platforma Praca  (Jobs Platform) and EUROszansa for Lublin are the winners of the Polish national EEPA competition. The two projects beat 15 others in the national competition, which closed on 21 May.
Platforma Praca  (Jobs Platform) is a free tool which allows the upload and placement of jobs by employers, while also creating a CV database of job seekers. The aim of the platform is to provide effective communication between job seekers and entrepreneurs to maximise the potential of the local labor market. The ‘authoring tool’ has been operating since 2013 and has benefited more than 380 entrepreneurs from Pila and the Pila subregion:
EUROszansa for Lublin aims to equalise opportunities for development of rural areas in the Lublin province, in particular, the development of tourist and investment attractiveness. The project works towards raising the level of quality of life for local inhabitants through the creation and availability of  tourism grants so local people can realise their own ideas of ​​enriching the region’s tourist offer. EUROszansa for Lublin offers support and training to help develop new business ideas: (in Polish).
To find out if the Polish contenders triumph over their European counterparts for a coveted EEPA, stay tuned to all the news from the 10th annual European Enterprise Promotion Awards this November.

Click here for more EEPA news >>

Estonian winners, Garage48

Promote your SME Week events via the EC calendar

Don’t forget that, as an SME Week coordinator, you can publicise all your events by uploading details to this portal.

Eligible events include conferences, competitions, exhibitions, company open days, or any other means of attracting an audience interested in micro, small and medium-sized firms. The subjects can include anything essential to running small/medium businesses: start-ups, corporate social responsibility, tax and legal issues, female entrepreneurship, social economy, etc.
Your regional and national events qualify for inclusion in addition to cross-border, European and international events. So don’t delay. Get posting!
And if you need some more guidance, click here for a helpful FAQ.

Event calendar

Literary inspiration from the world’s leading entrepreneurs

Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance by Matthew Syed

What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Team Sky and the aviation industry? What connects James Dyson and David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers. Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. It is not just about sport, but has powerful implications for business and politics, as well as for parents and students. In other words, all of us. Drawing on a dizzying array of case studies and real-world examples, together with cutting-edge research on marginal gains, creativity and grit, Matthew Syed tells the inside story of how success really happens - and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.

Fast fact


The number of European New Entrepreneurs that ERASMUS for Young Entrepreneurs have provided with the opportunity to go abroad and work alongside with an experienced host entrepreneur. (As at August 2015. Source: Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Support Office)

Inspire and be inspired!
Send us a photo of you and your team @ Work

  • Are you the star of your own enterprise and love what you do?
  • Do you work by yourself, or employ others and work in a team?
  • Do you want to inspire others to follow in your footsteps and chart their own entrepreneurial course?

Then we’d love to see you at work! Tweet us an image and caption at @EEPA_EU or submit through our Instagram account @promotingenterprise using the hashtag #SMEWeekWork. 

Whether you run your business from an office, a shop, or some other location, submit your photos with a short paragraph about who you are and what you do for our new feature, Enterprise @ Work.

You can also email with the subject line “Enterprise @ Work” and send your image as an attachment.

Tell us your stories

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know what you’re doing in your business. Submit an article on a topic that you think would be of interest to the European enterprise community. Tell us who or what you’d like to see featured. Submit a business book or podcast review. Send us a photo of you and/or your team at work for our new “Enterprise@Work” feature, where we highlight entrepreneurs in their own domains.

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