Gen-E 2024

Europen Market Expansion Award

This award recognises the Start-Up team that has understood and demonstrated its ability to explore the opportunities, recognised problems and found solutions to operate its business across different markets in Europe.


  • Impact: To what extent has the team sought and benefited from the European Single Market (free movement of persons, goods, services and capitals), and operated across different markets in the European Union (R&D, production, distribution, etc)?

    Sustainability: Has the team developed its business plan around a sustainability strategy to have a license to operate across several EU markets?

  • Innovation: To what extent has the start-up leveraged opportunities to scale-up investments to support innovation?

  • Future development: What are the plans of the start-up for further and future expansion in Europe?

Prize for the Winners:

  • A monetary prize of 1,000 EUR

  • An invitation to the EUROPEN’s event on 11 June 2024 in Brusssels (Belgium) for up to 5 students

  • Tickets to Gen-E Entrepreneurship Festival in Catania on 2-4 July 2024


Salvatore D’Acunto

European Commission/ DG GROW, Head of Unit (GROW.E.2)

Thibaut L’Ortye

AmCham EU, Director of Public Affairs

Salla Ahonen

Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Communications, Huhtamaki

Elena Mainardi
Head of Unit, European Parliament.


The winning team will be invited to an exciting evening celebrating 30 years of both EUROPEN and the EU Single Market, in Brussels on 7 June 2023 (, during which the winning team will officially receive the Award and a cash prize of 1,000 EUR.

The winning team will also receive tickets to attend Gen-E 2023 in Istanbul (up to 5 students)!

2023 Winners


We updated our privacy policy which has been specifically adjusted to reflect the new GDPR regulation Learn more.

I accept cookies from this site: