Mayo Ideas Lab received a national award at the recent European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2017 during SME Enterprise Week in Tallinn, Estonia. The European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA ) is an initiative by the European Commission aimed at recognising and rewarding exceptional examples of support and promotion of entrepreneurship across Europe. Companies from all EU countries, as well as Iceland, Serbia, and Turkey can take part in the competition, with some 2,800 projects getting involved since the awards were established in 2006.
Mayo Ideas Lab was awarded under the Improving the Business Environment category, which recognises initiatives that support enterprise start-up and growth. Mayo Ideas Lab project manager Joan Fahey attended the awards ceremony in the beautiful city of Tallinn, to accept the award on behalf of all the Mayo Ideas Lab partners. Commenting on the award, John Magee, head of enterprise at Mayo Local Enterprise Office, said: “Mayo Ideas Lab has evolved to become a very strong vehicle for partnership and collaboration between the enterprise support agencies in Mayo. The annual Mayo Ideas Week is now recognised as one of the country’s foremost enterprise and entrepreneurial weeks, with an annual attendance of approximately 1,400 people. This award is fitting recognition of the efforts of everyone involved.”
Mayo Ideas Lab Partners include Mayo Local Enterprise Office, Mayo County Council, Údarás na Gaeltachta, WestBIC, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, The Innovation Hub at GMIT Mayo Campus, South West Mayo Development Company, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership, Enterprise Ireland and Mayo Education Centre.