LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)

Skills and competences for entrepreneurship


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Universities can be engines of innovation-led local development


Leuphana, a mid-sized university in Germany, has triggered transformational economic change in its region. The approach of bringing in new innovation actors – regionally-engaged scientists, start-ups and inward investors – and building new, globally-connected and open research and learning environments was successful. This paper presents an inspiring case study for policy-makers and university leaders who seek to enhance the role of higher education institutions in innovation-led development.

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For the last decade, LEED has been providing advice and guidance to national and local governments, education institutions, and other key stakeholders of local economic and employment development on how to develop and sustain a systematic approach that is effective in mobilising young people for entrepreneurial careers, developing the necessary competences and skills, and providing targeted business start-up and growth support.

Why Peer-reviews are so important in promoting entrepreneurship ?

LEED undertakes peer-reviews on entrepreneurial universities and VET institutions. In association with the self-assessment support, LEED offers detailed peer-reviews in selected countries or regions that provide an assessment of national and local frameworks.


Promoting entrepreneurship in higher education

Through in-depth collaboration with higher education institutions, ministries of education, science and research, and key local stakeholders in more than 30 local economies across and beyond the OECD area, LEED developed a list of good practice criteria, whose aim is to support universities in their challenging task to enhance students and graduates to "make use" of their enormous potential for innovation.


Reports, Handbooks and Books

A number of country reports have been released, which focus on the effective implementation of skills for entrepreneurship.

HEInnovate Review Promoting Innovative and Entrepreneurial HEIs in Bulgaria

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Capacity Building seminars and study visits

A number of capacity building seminars, study visits and workshops have been organised, which focus on the effective implementation of skills for entrepreneurship.



For further information about the project please contact Jonathan PotterAndrea-Rosalinde Hofer, Joseph Tixier or David halabiskat the OECD Secretariat.


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