We would like to inform you of the re-opening of the applications for the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award, merging the EER 2021 application process with the next one and extending the implementation of the EER label over two years – 2021 and 2022.

The lead theme of this special EER 2021-2022 call for applications is Entrepreneurship for a sustainable recovery. The deadline for applications is 28 October 2020.

What is the EER?

A label awarded by the European Committee of the Regions each year to up to 3 cities or regions with outstanding, future-oriented strategies to support SMEs, start-ups and scale-ups

A growing network of pioneering territories actively strengthening their entrepreneurial ecosystems, exchanging good practices and partnering up for European projects

What's new in the EER 2021-2022 call?

It is a special edition of the EER aiming to encourage EU regions and cities to develop strategies for boosting entrepreneurship and SMEs, taking account of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis

Up to 6 awarded regions will hold the EER label for a period of two years (2021 and 2022), which should allow them to plan and implement strategies for a successful economic and social recovery

The How to Apply document contains questions and answers about the EER 2021-2022 application process

Who can apply?

All EU territories below the level of the Member State that are endowed with competences at a political level and able to implement an overall entrepreneurial strategy, including regions in the broadest sense, cities, EGTCs and Euroregions, are welcome to participate.

Why should you apply?

The EER gives recognition and visibility to your entrepreneurial strategy and concrete projects. It helps you reach out to your entrepreneurial ecosystem's stakeholders and give a boost to the ecosystem’s maturation. It provides you with access to a network of potential partners for cooperation initiatives.

Further details, including the application form, can be found on the EER website.