European SME Week Youth Essay Competition 2022 (Czech Republic Pitch Opportunity)

Deadline: September 26, 2022

The European Commission is now accepting applications for its 2022 SME Week Youth Essay Competition. Now in its 7th edition, the YEC offers 18-25 year olds a platform to share their brilliant ideas with leading figures and stakeholders involved in business, entrepreneurship and SMEs. Read on for all the details on this year’s contest!

The essay competition for young people is organized by the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission. Each year, the competition aims to focus young minds on solving a major societal challenge.

This year’s challenge

This year the competition invites young people to reflect on the theme: Our European economies are heavily dependent on fossil fuels. How can future young entrepreneurs contribute to a more sustainable economy?

Do you have something to say on this subject and would you like to share your ideas? Then the YEC is for you!


  • The three finalists will win a chance to participate in a live final at the SME Assembly 2022, in November in the Czech Republic.
  • They will also receive presentation training before delivering the speech live on stage, and
  • Their speeches will be broadcast on the official social networks of the European Commission.


  • Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 25 (inclusive) and be citizens of the COSME countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy , Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro , Serbia, Turkey , Ukraine
  • Essays should not exceed 2,500 words
  • All essays must be in English
  • Only one entry per candidate


  • All you need to do is write a 2,500-word essay in English on the above topic and submit it by the deadline of September 26, 2022.

Click here to submit.

For more information, visit European Commission.

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