What is the SME Week Youth Essay Competition?

  • Annual competition for youth to express their opinion on an entrepreneurial topic
  • Opportunity for youth to share their ideas with key policy and decision makers
  • Organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs 

The 2020 question:

What do SMEs need to become sustainable and resilient, in the context of COVID-19 and other global challenges? How can EU policy best aid entrepreneurs?

How will the competition work?

- Applicants have until Friday 18 September 2020 to submit their original essay answering the 2020 question

- The top 10 applications will be selected and announced in October

- These top 10 applications will be evaluated by the Youth Essay Competition jury who will narrow them down to the top 3 that will compete and present at the SME Assembly 2020 in November

2020 Rules:

Eligibility: 18-25 year olds from European Member States or COSME partners countries, only one entry per applicant

Submission deadline: 18 September 2020

Word count: 2 500 words maximum

Language: English

Prize: All-expenses paid trip to the 2020 SME Assembly in Berlin to compete in a live final and give a speech. Speech and presentation coaching will also be provided.​