Lean Landing wins Grand Jury Prize

21 November 2018 - Published by Lise Espersen

Today in Graz, Austria at the 2018 SME Assembly all eyes were on the Lean Landing project when they were presented with the Grand Jury Prize in the 12th edition of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) run by the European Commission.  This is a special prize awarded to the entrepreneurial initiative considered the most creative and inspiring in Europe.

Lean Landing is designed to get small businesses into new European markets quickly and efficiently. The main objective behind this initiative is for small businesses to be able to test whether their products or services can be sold in foreign markets.

This year the EEPA Jury had to choose from 56 national projects competing at European level, and created a shortlist of 19 projects representing the strongest ideas from across the EU and COSME countries.

Watch Lean Landing receive the award


Lead Partner Jimmy Faustin Andersen from Væksthus Sjælland (regional Business Link centre) in Denmark explains, 'we are thrilled about winning this prize. Of course, a big thank you goes to all 19 partners engaged in the project for their efforts in making the project what it is today. We see Lean Landing as the beginning and not the end and hope to continue and develop the set-up in the coming years'.

Jury member Kristin Schreiber, Director for SME Policy and the COSME Programme DG GROW, European Commission states, 'the jury considers Lean Landing to be highly innovative with an original approach through use of  incubators across different countries. The project demonstrates a high degree of participation and engagement for a wide range of stakeholders and has developed an innovative and lasting soft landing network for micro SMEs in 6 countries'.

European media exposure

Following the award, Lean Landing was featured in the Euronews Business Planet series.

Learn more about Lean Landing