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The Kronenberg Foundation
Microentrepreneur of the Year Competition
Inspiration to act Mikroprzedsiebiorca Roku 2015

Microentrepreneur of the Year is a competition organized by the Kronenberg Foundation with the support of the Microfinance Centre for Central and Eastern Europe and the Coalition for Microentrepreneurship.

The competition enjoys the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Janusz Piechociński.

Goals
The idea of the competition is to support entrepreneurship, encourage people to set up their own businesses, and recognize and promote the best among them as examples of effective business activities.

Entrepreneurs who employ fewer than 10 employees and whose annual turnover or annual balance sheet total of their businesses does not exceed EUR 2 million are eligible to enter the competition.


Competition Categories

The contest participants may win the main prize - the title Microentrepreneur of the Year - and category awards, depending on the age of a company. The youngest businesses are eligible to compete in the START category, middle-aged companies in the PROGRES category and the mature ones in the SENIOR category. Since 2015, the Contest Jury has also been awarding a prize in the special category - YOUNG BUSINESS - for 'under 30' microentrepreneurs.

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Evaluation Criteria

The Award Committee will evaluate:

  • the idea for the business and its evolution, the ability to overcome crises and difficulties in setting up and developing the business;
  • innovation in comparison to similar businesses;
  • business development strategy;
  • impact on the family, local community and membership of business organizations;
  • the key brand of the business (the main product or service and the methods for its promotion and distribution).

Prizes

Among all entries submitted, the winner will be selected who will receive the main prize of PLN 40,000 and the exclusive right to use the Microentrepreneur of the Year title.

In addition, prizes will be awarded in four categories - START, PROGRESS, SENIOR and YOUNG BUSINESS. Each of the winning businesses will receive PLN 10,000.

If the quality of the businesses entered for the competition is high, the Award Committee reserves the right to award additional prizes.


Winners and celebrations

On 23 June 2015, the Quotation Room at the Warsaw Stock Exchange in Warsaw hosted a ceremonious award gala of 11th edition of the "Citi Microentrepreneurship Award" competition. This year's edition was won by the company Blix Power Poland sp. z o.o., a manufacturer of a power consumption reducer. This unique device offers savings 0between 10 and 40 percent as compared to initial power consumption parameters. Solutions provided by Blix Power Poland are used by companies and institutions in Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Egypt and Spain.


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Competition Partner


Coalition for Microentrepreneurship



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