MBB Ex­ec­u­tive scoops award at the SME As­sem­bly in Graz

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - BUSINESS & FINANCE -

Dur­ing last week’s SME As­sem­bly in Graz, Mar­ija Elena Borg was named win­ner of the Youth Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion, to which more than 80 young Euro­peans had sub­mit­ted an en­try.

Or­gan­ised by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s Direc­torate Gen­eral for the In­ter­nal Mar­ket, In­dus­try, En­trepreneur­ship and SMEs, the SME As­sem­bly is the go-to event for SMEs in Europe and those that sup­port them. This year’s edi­tion was co­hosted by the Aus­trian Pres­i­dency and strived to iden­tify the most ef­fec­tive means of im­prov­ing the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment and in­no­va­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for fu­ture en­trepreneurs.

Based on this ob­jec­tive, the Youth Es­say Com­pe­ti­tion was launched for the third time and sought to ad­dress the ques­tion: “What steps should en­trepreneurs and gov­ern­ment take to be­come more innovative?”. Eigh­teen to 25-year-olds from Euro­pean Union Mem­ber States and COSME part­ner coun­tries were en­cour­aged to share their thoughts and opin­ions with key pol­i­cy­mak­ers and en­trepreneurs in the form of an es­say. The three se­lected fi­nal­ists were then given the op­por­tu­nity to pitch their ideas and com­pete with one another at a grand fi­nale in Graz, as part of the SME As­sem­bly. The win­ner was de­ter­mined via a pub­lic vote.

Kristin Schreiber, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Di­rec­tor for the COSME Pro­gramme and SME Pol­icy said: “This year’s en­tries were of an in­cred­i­bly high stan­dard, of­fer­ing in­sight­ful thoughts on in­no­va­tion and how to best en­able it. It is en­cour­ag­ing to see young peo­ple ac­tively en­gag­ing with Euro­pean en­trepreneurs and pol­icy mak­ers dur­ing such a sought-af­ter an­nual event. On be­half of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, I con­grat­u­late Mar­ija Elena on this achieve- ment and wish her luck in her work with SMEs.”

In her pro­posal, Mar­ija Elena linked in­no­va­tion to the holis­tic growth of or­gan­i­sa­tions. She iden­ti­fied and dis­cussed five im­por­tant steps that should be taken to boost ex­per­tise and cre­ativ­ity, im­prove ef­fi­ciency and in­crease cost ef­fec­tive­ness at the work­place.

Joe Tanti, CEO of the Malta Busi­ness Bureau, com­mended Mar­ija Elena for this ex­cel­lent achieve­ment and ap­plauded her prac­ti­cal ap­proach to boost in­no­va­tion in or­gan­i­sa­tions. He sup­ported the claim that un­less the needs of peo­ple are ap­pro­pri­ately ad­dressed, a cul­ture of in­no­va­tion can never be cre­ated at the work­place.

“Mar­ija Elena has made us and Malta proud. The Malta Busi­ness Bureau re-con­firms its com­mit­ment to keep work­ing hard to give a voice to young peo­ple and pro­mote their fresh per­spec­tives,” Tanti con­cluded. To read Mar­ija Elena Borg’s full es­say, visit the Malta Busi­ness Bureau’s web­site

MBB Ex­ec­u­tive Mar­ija Elena Borg ad­dress­ing the au­di­ence

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