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The moment you have all been waiting for has finally arrived! EU Commission is happy to announce the launch of this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition (YEC). Now in its 7th edition, the YEC gives 18-25-year-olds a platform to share their bright ideas with key figures and stakeholders involved in the enterprise, entrepreneurship, and SMEs.

The Youth Essay Competition is organized by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, and SMEs. Every year, the competition aims to focus young minds on resolving a key societal challenge.

This year’s challenge

This year the competition asks young people to think about the theme: Our European economies are highly dependent on fossil fuel energies. How can future young entrepreneurs contribute to a more sustainable economy?

Do you have something to say on this topic and would you like to get your ideas out there? Then the YEC is for you! All you have to do is write a 2,500-word essay in English on the theme above and submit it here before the deadline of 26 September 2022.


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The YEC jury will then select three finalists who will attend the SME Assembly in November, where they will present their essays to the 500+ delegates gathered at the assembly. If this sounds scary, don’t worry – you will receive presentation training before the event. The winning essay will then be selected in a public vote. The essays of all the finalists will be promoted across EU channels.


  • 18-25 years old Youth
  • Youth from EU member states
Eligible Regions: EU Member States

Application Process

Submit your essay through the given link.

Application Deadline: September 26, 2022

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For Further Queries

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.
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