There are many and varied ways to create much needed new businesses and jobs. Some outstanding initiatives to promote entrepreneurship recently competed in national competitions for a chance to represent their country in the 2013 European Enterprise Promotion Awards. Out of several hundred candidates, nineteen projects were shortlisted in six categories, including the new category: "Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency". The Awards scheme received entries from 26 EU countries – including new EU Member State Croatia – as well as Turkey and Serbia. Winners for each of the six categories will be announced by European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani at the SME Assembly on 25 November 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania. One project will also receive the prestigious Grand Jury Prize.
A high-level jury representing business, government and academia reviewed the 53 national winner entries to establish this year's shortlist. Shortlisted projects came from Belgium (2 projects), Cyprus, Denmark (2 projects), Finland, France, Ireland (2 projects), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Serbia (2 projects), Slovakia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, and are listed below according to the category in which they competed.