entrepreneurship

Cities offer not only the business opportunities, but the combination of services, support and infrastructure entrepreneurs and small businesses need to thrive. City governments develop policies and programmes tailored to the specific needs of local entrepreneurs and small businesses.

With the right support, we believe that entrepreneurs and SMEs will play a significant role in achieving the Europe 2020 goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Some 99% of European businesses are SMEs, and 90% of those employ fewer than ten people. Two out of every three private sector jobs in Europe are provided by SMEs.

Previous recessions have shown that new growth and jobs often come from smaller businesses. Supporting entrepreneurship is therefore crucial to improve Europe’s employment rates..

Entrepreneurship also fosters social and economic cohesion - especially in cities where development is lagging behind - by stimulating economic activity and job creation and helping integrate the unemployed or other disadvantaged groups into work.

The needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs vary widely, as do the environments in which they operate.

The European Small Business Act calls for policies relating to SMEs ‘to fully recognise this diversity and fully respect the principle of subsidiarity’. Cities are therefore ideally-placed to identify the most appropriate strategies and create favourable environments for entrepreneurs and small business to flourish. They do so by facilitating networking opportunities, managing business incubators and developing synergies between companies and research institutes, amongst other approaches.

Our working group on entrepreneurship focuses on finding ways to improve city services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. It is a platform for cities to share expertise and experience and the group closely follows European initiatives aimed at fostering entrepreneurship, and provides input to ensure that they are closely aligned with cities’ needs.

In October 2012, we published 'Helping cities foster entrepreneurship', our response to the European Commission consultation on its future Entrepreneurship 2020 action plan.  

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start date: 13-06-2018
end date: 13-06-2018

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Global Smart City Summit

The 'Global smart city summit - real solutions for cities' is part of the 2018 International Business Festival - www.internationlbusinessfestival.com

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start date: 13-06-2018
end date: 14-06-2018

EUROCITIES meets Commissioner Thyssen to discuss working together to implement European Pillar of Social Rights

On 13 April, the mayor of Ghent and president of EUROCITIES, Daniël Termont and deputy mayor of Barcelona and chair of the social affairs forum, Laia Ortiz met with Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, to discuss how cities and the European Commission can work together on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 16-04-2018

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Supporting social entrepreneurs for social impact

On 11 April, EUROCITIES spoke at Euclid Summit 2018 ‘Growing ecosystems for social impact: everyone’s responsible’ opened by Pauline Krikke the Mayor of The Hague, during the keynote conversation on cities for social change; presenting the key learnings from our report on the role of cities in promoting social entrepreneurship.

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publication date: 16-04-2018

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start date: 05-06-2018
end date: 05-06-2018

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EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018

Twelve finalists are in the running to win the title of most innovative women entrepreneur.

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publication date: 05-04-2018

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Highlights of our economic development forum: ‘people, firms, places’

On 26-28 March, our economic development forum (EDF) met in Braga Portugal to discuss the role of cities in the knowledge economy. 100 participants from over 45 cities, including 11 elected city politicians, shared expertise during these three days on smart and inclusive growth, investments and translating Sustainable Development Goals into local actions; focusing on SDG 8 ‘decent work and economic growth’ and SDG 9 ‘industry, innovation and infrastructure’.

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publication date: 29-03-2018

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publication date: 28-03-2018

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Future creative cities - Why culture is a smart investment for cities

Our new report reflects on innovative local cultural policies and sets out a vision for the future of cultural and creative place-making at local and regional levels.

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publication date: 16-03-2018

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publication date: 16-03-2018