Almost 200 National EEPA entries were submitted for consideration from 26 participating countries. The EEPA National Coordinators then selected 47 of these projects for the EEPA 2022 Jury to evaluate. The EEPA 2022 European jury met to make their final selections for this year’s European shortlist.
The decision came after 3-hour deliberations, during which jurors selected some of the most inspiring examples of entrepreneurship and SME-friendly initiatives in Europe. The jury members were very impressed with so many good projects, which made their job difficult, but they were pleased with their choices.
The selected finalists who demonstrated innovation, creativity and passion for supporting entrepreneurship, will meet at the SME Assembly 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic, on 28 November in the final round of the EEPA. The winners in each category will be announced during a special European Enterprise Promotion and Small and Mid-Caps Awards Ceremony.
Congratulations to all of the selected finalists listed below in alphabetical order in relation to the project’s names.
Category 1 – Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit
- Croatia Entrepreneurial Poreč
- Poland Entrepreneurial Kids
- Austria The Global Limitless Conference
Category 2 – Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills
- Italy Bravo Innovation Hub,
- Belgium Love to be Free
- Cyprus Cyprus Seeds
Category 3 – Improving the Business Environment and Supporting the Digital Transition
- Netherlands LifeSciences@Work Venture Challenge
- Germany Support for the City Centre
- Ireland Enfuse
Category 4 – Supporting the Internationalisation of Business
- Sweden HealthTech Nordic 2.0
- Estonia sTARTUp Day
- Ukraine Ukrainian national project Diia.Business
Category 5 – Supporting the Sustainable Transition
- Germany ScaleUp4Sustainability (S4S)
- Greece Energy Cooperative WEnCoop
- Netherlands The WaterCampus Innovation Ecosystem
Category 6 – Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship
- France French Tech Tremplin
- Spain Innovatia 8.3
- Ireland co:worx project
About the EEPA selection process
The competition has two stages. Applicants must first compete at the national level to be eligible to compete at the European level. For the national competition, each country selects up to two entries to be nominated for the European competition.
A shortlist of nominees is chosen by the EEPA 2022 European jury. The shortlisted nominees will then compete at the final awards ceremony, which recognises the winners for their efforts and gives them the opportunity to present themselves in a pan-European environment.