Opportunities in Europe

European Calls

European Enterprise Promotion Awards

Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
European Commission European Enterprise Promotion Awards

Since 2006, over 2,800 projects have entered the awards and together they have supported the creation of thousands of new companies.


The objectives of the awards:

  • identify and recognise successful activities and initiatives undertaken to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • showcase and share examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices
  • create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in society
  • encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.


The award categories:

1. Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit - Recognises initiatives that promote an entrepreneurial mindset, especially among young people and women
2. Investing in entrepreneurial skills – Recognises initiatives that improve entrepreneurial and managerial skills
3. Improving the business environment - Recognises initiatives that support enterprise start-up and growth, simplify legislative and administrative procedures for businesses
4. Supporting the internationalisation of business - Recognises initiatives that encourage enterprises and particularly small and medium-sized businesses to benefit more from the opportunities offered by markets, both inside and outside the EU
5. Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency - Recognises 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
6. Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship - Recognises initiatives that promote corporate social responsibility among small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurship among disadvantaged groups such as the unemployed, legal migrants, disabled, or people from ethnic minorities.

The Jury’s Grand Prize can be from any category and will go to the entry considered to be the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe.


Selection criteria:

  • Originality and feasibility
  • The impact they have on the local economy
  • The improvement of local stakeholder relations
  • Transferability of the project to other regions in Europe.


National, regional, or local authorities or public-private partnerships from all EU countries plus Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey can participate.


Bases and contact information for each participant country:https://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/support/enterprise-promotion-awards/take-part_en



The European Enterprise Promotion Awards reward those who promote entrepreneurship and small business at the national, regional and local level.
Elegibilility of the applicants: 
Eligible entities include national organisations, towns, cities, regions, and communities, as well as public-private partnerships between public authorities and entrepreneurs, educational programmes, and business organisations. Cross-border initiatives will be accepted as long as they have been nominated jointly by all countries involved.