Global Entrepreneur Envoy Awards – European Awards
Everyone is invited to enter one of the categories to win a Global Entrepreneur Envoy (Europe) Award. This high profile entrepreneur recognition programme will serve to highlight best practice across the region whilst breaking down the barriers of sector specification. As the competitive nature of entrepreneurship is embraced, more will want to differentiate themselves through being recognised as best-in-class.
The programme is designed to compare entrepreneurs from different ends of the spectrum, with a comprehensive judging mechanism enabling the process to be as fair and as objective as possible. It is designed to identify the attributes of entrepreneurs that are doing things well, in a proper manner, giving consideration to the wider community, whilst being competitive, sustainable and ethical.
The programme is not just about financial results of an entrepreneur, it is about valuing human capital, and how taking an idea and turning it into an action can have considerable benefits for all. Most of all it is about promoting sustainability and celebrating success, recognising those who are changing the culture of entrepreneurship across Europe. Some entrants may not be benefitting from their innovation or idea but it could be making a huge difference to an important stakeholder group. Some may be inspiring mentors helping to create jobs with excluded communities or the unemployed. This programme looks at other measurements to identify success, with Awards Categories looking at sustainability, ethical responsibility, innovation, employee engagement and others to create a complete overview which the judges are able to compare.
Policy makers and large corporates acknowledge that one of the hardest groups to reach or analyse is that of the entrepreneurs – those at the grass roots making a difference. These Awards are designed to profile and showcase as many best practice examples as possible for others to learn from, as well as promoting the positive impact such entrepreneurs have. But even small entrepreneurs need a culture conducive to entrepreneurship, alongside guidance from those who have the knowledge and experience. These Awards are designed to bridge that divide and create a stronger and more competitive European Union.
The Awards will be launched and Open for Entries from January 2012, they are free to enter, and recognising the values of the Global Entrepreneur Envoy will be an online programme. The judging will be administered remotely and all winners will be announced on this site – with the exception of two category winners who will be invited to a dinner in Brussels where they will be awarded their trophy. Take a look at the categories now, and pre-register your interest in entering.
1. The Entrepreneurial Impact Award
Open to individuals or organisations that have been effective in changing the entrepreneurial culture in Europe or individual member states. (Criteria for entry will include Vision, Stimulus, Approach, Measurement, Influence etc).
2. Most Effective Innovation Award
This award is open to individuals and organisations whose innovation has had a big impact on entrepreneurship at grass roots level. It could be a product, service, education or enabling tool. (Criteria will include limits on the size of organisation and will look to measure impact, effectiveness, and sustainability).
3. The Award for Financial Support
This award is for the organisation or institution that has done most to support entrepreneurial spirit through financial support. It can be for a product, project or business development process. (Criteria includes Risk awareness, ease of access, openness to creativity, flexibility and overall support).
4. The Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year
This award is for an individual woman who has done the most to support entrepreneurship and promote women’s success and who has achieved significant change within her community (Criteria includes personal achievement, community achievement, communication, and inclusivity)
5. The Entrepreneurial Man of the Year
This award is for an individual man who has done the most to support entrepreneurship and who has achieved significant change within his community. (Criteria includes personal achievement, community achievement, communication, and inclusivity)
6. Entrepreneurial Idea of the Year
This Award is for those individuals or groups aged 5-18 and can include students who have developed a strong entrepreneurial idea which is most likely to make a difference to the community. (Criteria includes a thought-through plan of how the idea might turn into action, impact on the community, identification of the community affected and the level of commitment from the applicants)
7. Young Entrepreneur of the Year
This Award is open to individuals aged 18-35 years who have done the most to support entrepreneurship and who has achieved significant change within the community. (Criteria includes personal achievement, community achievement, communication, and inclusivity)
8. Youthful Entrepreneur of the Year
This Award is open to individuals aged 50 year plus, who have done the most to support entrepreneurship and who has achieved significant change within the community. (Criteria includes personal achievement, community achievement, communication, and inclusivity)
9. Entrepreneurial Social Enterprise
This Award is for the Social Enterprise that has done the most to support entrepreneurship and that has achieved significant change within a stakeholder community. (Criteria includes positive achievement, community achievement, communication, and inclusivity)
10. The Award for Social Inclusion
This Award recognises the project, organisation or business that has had most impact in creating a positive environment for true social inclusion. (Criteria includes positive achievement, community achievement, communication, and inclusivity)
11. The Entrepreneurial Sustainable Development Award
This Award recognises the organisation which best encourages sustainability using the entrepreneurial spirit amongst its employees, member community or in its innovation in an overseas environment such as Africa, India or other developing nations. (Criteria includes adoption of employee/member ideas into actions, communication, employee engagement, positive outcomes of entrepreneurial development)
12. Entrepreneur from Adversity Award
This Award recognises the achievements of an individual or organisation that has been at the brink of ruin, possibly through unemployment, economic downturn or other adverse conditions and that has re-invented themselves to become successful. (Criteria includes achievement, drive, passion, nimbleness and flexibility)
13. The Individual Entrepreneur Envoy of the Year &
The Organisational Entrepreneur Envoy of the Year
These accolades are for the individual, and the organisation, that has done the most to promote ‘Entrepreneurship’ to the widest audience possible and that can be heralded as a true European Entrepreneur Envoy.