Launch of the 2021 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award

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​​The 2021 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award has been launched. Regions and cities that are ready to implement a future-oriented entrepreneurial strategy are invited to apply until 31 March 2020 by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The lead theme of the EER 2021 campaign is Entrepreneurship for a green and sustainable future.

What is the EER?

  • 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?

  • The EER 2021 call for applications is for the 1st time accompanied with a lead theme, selected on the basis of its link with the EU policy agenda and its relevance to regional and local level
  • The EER jury may award a thematic EER label linked to the lead theme, in addition to normal EER labels (in total no more than 3 annual EER labels)

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.


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