This compendium contains 20 case studies of public programmes in European countries
that are successfully supporting business creation by people from disadvantaged and
under-represented groups in entrepreneurship. The populations targeted by these programmes
include youth, women, seniors, the unemployed, immigrants, ethnic minorities and people
with disabilities. Each programme description details the programme’s activities and
approach, assesses the challenges faced in development and implementation, and offers
tips for successful transfer to other contexts.
Public policy actions at national, regional and local levels can make an important
contribution to economic growth and social inclusion by promoting business creation
and self-employment by people who otherwise could remain outside of the mainstream
of entrepreneurship. This compendium demonstrates that workable approaches exist and
can help policy makers learn from each other's experiences to achieve widespread results.