SME export award helps entrepreneur expand overseas

SME export award helps entrepreneur expand overseas

From today, entrepreneurs with international ambitions can register for the fourth edition of the SME Export Award, an initiative of SME Nederland and the National Authority for Enterprise in the Netherlands (, in collaboration with Language Institute Regina Coeli. The prize is intended for SME businesses that have the potential to successfully expand overseas or that would like to increase their existing international activities.

In recent years the SME Export Award has provided concrete help to a diverse range of entrepreneurs in realizing their export ambitions Last year’s winner, the Eindhoven-based company Reconnect, used the prize to set up a test installation of innovative media panels for use in mental health care, in a healthcare facility in Canada.

“Winning the SME Export Award has really given our company a boost”, says entrepreneur Cor Datema. “The extra publicity and the prize package have been extremely useful. We are now also being taken more seriously abroad.”

The founders of the prize want to encourage SME businesses to explore their cross-border opportunities. “There are still so many companies that have opportunities to expand their market outside the Netherlands”, says director Leendert-Jan Visser from SME Nederland. “With this prize, we can provide them with firm, practical support.”


From today, entrepreneurs can register for the SME Export Award 2016 on the website There, they can indicate which (new) market(s) they wish to move into and with which product or service. They also have to outline the motivation behind their international ambitions. Registration is open until 31 January 2017.

Based on the profile, the international plans and the motivation of the participants, an expert jury will select their top three entrepreneurs in March. Following a pitch round, the jury will choose the winner.


The winner of the SME Export Award 2016 will make a flying start in realizing his or her international ambitions. He or she will receive an export cheque (to cover transport costs) with a value of €15,000, a year’s membership of SME Nederland, a ‘business partner scan’ by and a three-day personal language training course in a language of their choice at Language Institute Regina Coeli (‘the nuns of Vught’).