EEPA: Promoting entreprise
  • © BMWK - Anja Blumentritt

European Enterprise Promotion Awards

Award ceremony during the SME Assembly of the EU Commission

  • 2022, Prague, Czech Republic

For the 16th time, the jury of the European Commission will award outstanding projects and initiatives for the promotion of entrepreneurship with the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). Borderstep is nominated with the project ScaleUp4Sustainability in the category Supporting the Sustainable Transition. The project was the winner in the German preliminary round.

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards will be presented on November 29, 2022, during the SME Assembly of the EU Commission in Prague, Czech Republic. The SME Assembly is one of the most important events for small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe.


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Practical teaching and learning formats think sustainability and economy together

The European-funded Borderstep project ScaleUp4Sustainability developed innovative concepts for cooperation between students and companies from Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands using practical teaching and learning formats (cooperative green venturing). The three-and-a-half-year project was funded by the EU as part of the “Erasmus-Plus” support programme. The focus was on the convergence of sustainability and economics in the development of new business models. The institutional national partners were the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and the Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability. The “Challenge4Impact” project, which started in February 2022, builds on the approaches developed for cooperative green venturing.

Promoting entreprise

Since 2006, the European Commission has annually awarded publicly funded or volunteer initiatives and non-profit companies dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and enterprise with the European Enterprise Promotion Awards. The two-stage competition with six competition categories is held in the EU member states as well as in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Great Britain, Iceland, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. The participating countries each identify a maximum of two projects or initiatives from two different categories in national preliminary rounds – conducted in Germany by the RKW Competence Center in Eschborn – that stand out for their particularly innovative and inspiring support services. At the end of September, the international jury nominated 20 finalists for the 2022 round of the competition.

Further information on the competition can be found on the EU Commission’s news portal.

Shortlist with all finalists of the 2022 competition round.

Photo: Certificate award ceremony at the BMWK for the victory in the German preliminary round of the EEPA.