Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe - An OECD-European Commission Project



Annual Report Policy briefs Country Notes Capacity building seminars Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship Rapid Policy Assesments

OECD is working with the European Commission, DG Employment and Social Affairs to examinate the barriers faced to business creation and self-employment by people who are disadvantaged or under-represented in entrepreneurship activities - youth, seniors, the disabled, women, ethnic minorities, the unemployed and others - and the public policy actions that can promote and support these activities.


What's new


The Better Entrepreneurship Policy Tool

The Better Entrepreneurship Policy Tool has been launched!
It is a free online self-assessment and learning tool for policymakers and other stakeholders on inclusive and social entrepreneurship policies and programmes.

The tool includes:

• Self-assessment questionnaires that provide a framework for reflecting on the inclusive and social entrepreneurship policies and programmes in a city, region or country;
• Policy guidance notes and inspiring case studies to support better policy design.

The Better Entrepreneurship tool contains modules on supporting women, the youth, migrants and the unemployed in business creation. Resources include 30+ case studies on inclusive entrepreneurship.
The tool was jointly developed by the OECD and the European Commission; it builds on the knowledge generated jointly by the OECD and the EC on inclusive and social entrepreneurship policy.

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It is entrepreneurship that contributes to social inclusion to give all people an equal opportunity to start up and operate businesses. Target groups are those who are disadvantage and under-represented in entrepreneurship and self-employment, including youth, women, seniors, ethnic minorities and immigrants, disabled people and many other groups.



Today nearly 26 million people in the European Union are unemployed and actively seeking work. One of the responses to moving people back into work is through business creation and self-employment, which is a key outcome sought from inclusive entrepreneurship policies, and with it greater labour market participation by the target population groups. 



Each year a report called the Missing Entrepreneurs will be produced to disseminate an evidence base on inclusive entrepreneurship and self-employment activities and policies in the EU. Read more...



A series of short notes aimed at policy makers are produced to examinate issues and policies for particular social inclusion target groups and specific policy tools that can support them. Read more...



Seminars are held for high-level policy makers in EU Member States to facilitate mutual learning and to build capacity of inclusive entrepreneurship policies. Read more...



For further information, please contact Jonathan Potter or David Halabisky.



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