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News article13 November 2019Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs2 min read

7th European Small and Mid-Cap Awards: winners in 5 categories announced

SMEs and organisations received awards in 5 categories at the 7th European Small and Mid-Cap Awards held in Brussels on 12 November 2019. The awards promote best practices and highlight the best European small and mid-sized companies that accessed capital markets via an initial public offering (IPO). They showcase the diversity of European markets and aim at promoting stock listings, targeting SMEs and growth companies.

The awards were presented by the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), the European Issuers and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. 4 companies in 4 categories were selected from high-standard nominations across Europe. Moreover, one initiative received a ‘special mention’ for its impact on small and mid-cap issuers accessing capital markets.

Kristin Schreiber, Director at the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said: “The European Commission fosters an ecosystem, where SMEs can successfully grow within Europe and have better access to capital markets, including to a broader range of investors. This year's winners of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards originate from different areas in Europe but share one common goal: to boost their enterprises by scaling up in the EU and thereby showcasing European entrepreneurship and innovation. I am pleased that these enterprises demonstrate that capital markets work for SMEs in Europe, and I hope that many other companies will be inspired by these role models."

Meet the winners

Carel (category international star)
Carel is a world leader in control solutions for air-conditioning, refrigeration and heating, as well as systems for humidification and evaporative cooling.
Borsa Italiana, Italy

VR Education (category rising star)
Immersive VR Education Ltd. is a virtual reality software company dedicated to creating quality educational experiences for all students.
Euronext, Ireland

Atlantic Sapphire (category star of innovation)
Atlantic Sapphire is pioneering BluehouseTM (land-raised) salmon farming locally and transforming protein production globally.
Oslo Børs, Norway

Admicom (category star of 2019)
Admicom is a Finnish provider of cloud-based ERP solutions for construction, building services engineering and manufacturing companies and a comprehensive partner in software and accounting services.
Nasdaq, Finland

CEPYME500 (special mention)
CEPYME500 is a Cepyme (Spain’s most representative business association of crafts and SMEs) initiative. It identifies, selects and promotes the 500 Spanish companies that are leaders in business growth, for their results and their ability to generate added value, employment, innovation and international exposure. The initiative aims to give national and international recognition to the selected companies, contributing to their growth potential.

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