Call for entries to European Enterprise Awards 2012

Showcase for entrepreneurship and business initiatives

The call is out for public sector organisations across the country to submit entries to the sixth European Enterprise Awards which showcase projects and initiatives promoting entrepreneurship and encouraging business throughout Europe. The deadline for submissions is Friday 6 July 2012.

Run by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, the awards aim to recognise successful promoters of enterprise and entrepreneurship in Europe, raise awareness of the value of entrepreneurship and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.

Participation in the European Enterprise Awards is open to national, regional or local authorities, or public-private partnerships from anywhere in the EU in five awards categories:

  • Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit
  • Investing in skills
  • Improving the business environment
  • Supporting the business environment
  • Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship.

Gillian Slattery, Regional Development Executive of Enterprise Ireland who is coordinating Irish entries urged organisations to enter, commenting; ‘There are a lot of innovative projects in Ireland and it’s important that we recognise these organisations showing entrepreneurial spirit. We are delighted to be working on this event again with the European Commission’.

The awards examine aspects such as the originality of initiatives, the impact they have on the local economy, the improvement of local stakeholder relations and potential transferability of the project to other regions in Europe.

One of the areas being focussed on this year is SME funding for those entrepreneurs that want to extend their business and enter new markets. SMEs are widely acknowledged as being a significant contributor to growth and their job creation potential is impressive, with 85% of all new jobs in the EU coming from the SME sector. Public authorities support SMEs with a large number of initiatives that drive increased activity in this area.

Selection of winners consists of two phases: a national and a European competition. A maximum of two nominees will be selected per country and go forward to the European competition. Irish winners will be announced in July 2012 with the overall European winners to be announced in November 2012 in an awards ceremony in Cyprus to which all national nominees are invited.

Entry forms and further information can be obtained from Gillian Slattery at Enterprise Ireland Gillian Slatteryor the EU website http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/entrepreneurship/smes/awards/

ENDS

For Further Information Contact:

Eileen Banks
Enterprise Ireland,
Press Officer

Eileen Banks
 01 7272805
087 2445814

Gillian Slattery, Regional Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland.

Gillian Slattery
+353 61 429927
+353 61 429920

Notes to the Editor:

The European Enterprise Awards were launched in 2005. They aim to identify and recognise successful activities and initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and to showcase and share examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices. http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/best-practices/european-enterprise-awards/index_en.htm