Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development



The OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship has always considered entrepreneurship to be a key driver of economic growth and job creation. In the current phase of economic recovery, entrepreneurship is helping to create new jobs to counter job losses as well as providing people with career opportunities that fit their preferences better than waged employment. The OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme review series on “Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development” examines the capacity of local economies to support new enterprise creation and SME development and how they can be enhanced through local economic and employment development policies. The ultimate goal is the development of local economies that are more entrepreneurial, offering improved employment opportunities and job creation, increased growth and adaptability to shocks, as well as innovative ways of meeting their social needs.


Inclusive Business Creation - Good Practice Compendium

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.

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For further information on the seminar, please contact the OECD Secretariat at the OECD LEED Programme, Paris, France.



Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe

Skills and competences for entrepreneurship




Social Economy



Fostering entrepreneurship skills - (2015-16)

Nurturing Inclusive Entrepreneurship - (2015-16) / (2013-14)

Boosting Local Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation - (2015-16) / (2013-14)

Stimulating Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (Project) - (2015-16)

Project: Accelerating local growth - (2013-14)

Job creation through social entrepreneurship and the social economy - (2011-12)

High-employment-growth enterprises - (2011-12)

Reviews on entrepreneurship, SMEs and local development - (2011-12)

Framework for Information Exchange in Local Development (FIELD) - 2010

Reviews on entrepreneurship, SMEs and local development - 2009-10

Skills for entrepreneurship - 2009-10

Framework for Information Exchange in Local Development (FIELD) - 2006/2009



Capacity building seminars: Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe

Capacity building seminars: Skills for Entrepreneurship

Workshop: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship Workshop (The Hague, the Netherlands)

Workshop: Management and leadership skills in high-growth firms (Warsaw, Poland)

Workshop: High-Employment-Growth Firms: Local Policies and Local Determinants (Copenhagen, Denmark)








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