We would like to inform that Congress participants selected through online voting the winner of this year’s Best Practice Contest in the Entrepreneurship.
The best practice comes from the NGO “Educationally-analytical center of community development”, Ternopil, Ukraine. Congratulations!

We would like to thank everyone for participating in the Contest. Each submitted practice is unique and valuable and may serve as an inspiration to others.

Contest finalists:

1) Angers City Hall, France: 
Adopt a Market Gardener was aimed at mitigating the effects of the temporary closure, as a result of the Covid pandemic, of 15 open markets bringing together hundreds food traders vegetable sellers across Angers, as well as to allow market gardeners and ambulant traders to avoid having to destroy their seasonal fruit and vegetable production and other food products all while ensuring sustainability of their work. The initiative consist of putting ambulant food traders, subscribed to Angers markets, in contact with Angers businesses forced to remain closed (such as restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas, etc.) who wish to make their premises available free of charge for a several of hours per week to food sellers. This allows traders to sell their products and reduce both food and financial losses. As a result of the great interest, the initiative was soon extended to other small food producers and sellers such as milk farmers, butchers, pork and poultry farmers, fish mongers, egg farmers, oyster farmers, beekeepers, dried fruit retailers and florists.

2) NGO “Educationally-analytical center of community development”, Ternopil, Ukraine: “Open Market" is a free platform for direct selling home-grown products directly from farmers. It is an attempt to counter the situation faced by small farmers during the Covid-19 epidemic, for whom the sale of their own agricultural products is often their only livelihood. Hundreds of small and family farms are in despair and throw away tons of their products, which they could not sell due to quarantine and market closure. Launched in April 2020, has become an extremely convenient offline sales alternative and has attracted more than 420 farmers who can sell their products directly through it, residents of communities got the access to home-grown products without leaving home.

3) Gdańsk City Hall, Department of Economic Policy, Poland:
The "Get to grips with the crisis" program was launched on April 1. It is targeted at micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and its aim is to counteract the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. On the basis of the research among the Tri-City companies (Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot), individual sessions with experienced mentors have been organized. A portal with information on activities, discounts, and facilities supporting entrepreneurs at local, national and European level has also been created. Entrepreneurs receive a newsletter with key information as well as expert articles that promote the Gdańsk startups. Thanks to the “Get to grip with the crisis” program, Gdańsk entrepreneurs could adapt their activities to the new reality and minimize the risk of suspending or closing their operations.
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