The European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2016

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) reward those who promote entrepreneurship and small business at the national, regional and local level. Initiatives from all EU countries, as well as Iceland, Serbia, and Turkey can take part in the competition. Since 2006, over 2,800 projects have entered the awards and together they have supported the creation of thousands of new companies.


The EEPA is a European Commission initiative and aims to identify successful activities which promote entrepreneurship, showcase examples of best entrepreneurship practices and create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in society. It also hopes to encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs. The winners of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards are announced at an awards ceremony at the SME Assembly, which is part of European SME Week.

Sign up now!

Are you a national, regional or local public organisation or part of a public-private partnership (large or small) and have you made any efforts in the last two years towards promoting entrepreneurship? Make sure to sign up your project! Last year, the Netherlands won the European prize in the category “promoting the entrepreneurial spirit”. Watch a clip of the (European) ceremony and the winners here. The EEPA are a great way to create visibility and recognition of your organisation and extend your network.


There are six different categories. The RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) will select two representatives for the European ceremony. The categories in which you can participate are:

  • Promoting the entrepreneurial spirit – promote an entrepreneurial mindset, especially among young people and women
  • Investing in entrepreneurial skills – improve entrepreneurial and managerial skills
  • Improving the business environment – support enterprise start-up and growth, simplify legislative and administrative procedures for businesses
  • Supporting the internationalisation of business – encourage enterprises and particularly small and medium-sized businesses to benefit more from the opportunities offered by markets, both inside and outside the EU
  • Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency – 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
  • Responsible and inclusive entrepreneurship – 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.

How to apply

Read more about how to sign up for the EEPA. Participating is easy – apply today and become a Dutch representative. Deadline for applications is 1 May 2016.