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Youth Essay Competition

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European Commission Directorate General for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, has launched a youth essay contest aimed at young people between 18 and 25 year old from European Member States and COSME partners countries.

How to participate
Entrants will have to write an essay in English, of maximum 2,500 words, answering the questions: « What do SMEs need to become sustainable and resilient, in the context of COVID-19 and other global challenges? Think about the competences and skills needed in the future for an entrepreneur, describe three promising and sustainable start-ups in 2030 »


  • The three finalists prize winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to the 2021 SME Assembly in Slovenia in November, where they will present their essays to an audience of over 500 delegates from the world of enterprise and entrepreneurship. 
  • The final winner will be chosen via a public vote.
  • Presentation training before delivering speech live on stage at the SME Assembly 2020
  • Promotion of speeches across official social media channels

The competition is part of European SME Week, an annual pan-European campaign to promote entrepreneurship in Europe.
The flagship events of the Week are the SME Assembly and the European Enterprise Promotion Awards Ceremony.

Deadline to submit entries: 26 September 2021.

Read more here.

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