SMEs and entrepreneurship


  • Implementing the EU budget through financial instruments

    The OECD participated in a recent evaluation by the European Courts of Auditors (ECA) on the report “Implementing the EU budget through financial instruments — lessons to be learnt from the 2007-2013 programme period”.

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  • 15th International Entrepreneurship Forum

    The 2016 IEF conference on the Globalisation and Internationalisation of SMEs and New Ventures has been held in Venice, Italy on 14-16 December. Led by INSME and Essex Business School, University of Essex, partnered with the OECD LEED Programme. This conference provided a platform for the generation of new ideas, insights and good practices for the globalisation and internationalisation of SMEs.

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  • OECD-EU Project on Entrepreneurship in Europe

    This project supports policy makers to design and deliver effective and efficient entrepreneurship support through the provision of robust data and information on entrepreneurship and self-employment activities.

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SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Israel 2016

New Approaches to SME and Entrepreneurship FinancingThis report examines Israel’s performance in stimulating SMEs and entrepreneurship and makes recommendations for government policy. A dual economy has gradually emerged in Israel, in which high rates of successful technology-based entrepreneurship contrast with low average productivity and growth in traditional SMEs. Israel has excellent framework conditions and programmes for technology-based start-ups and SMEs in areas such as R&D, high-level skills generation and venture capital finance. These strengths need to be maintained. At the same time, more needs to be done to spread success to all types of SMEs and all groups of the Israeli population. This report recommends a range of new and expanded interventions for example in access to credit, broad innovation, workforce skills development, management support and entrepreneurship education. It recommends underpinning these actions with a national SME and entrepreneurship policy strategy and new arrangements for inter-ministerial co-ordination.


See also the OECD Studies on SMEs and Entrepreneurship


Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2016: An OECD Scoreboard

This report monitors SME and entrepreneur access to finance in 37 countries. It includes indicators of debt, equity, asset-based finance and framework conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented by an overview of recent developments in public and private initiatives to support SME finance. Taken together, these indicators form a comprehensive framework for policy makers and other stakeholders to evaluate the financing needs of SMEs. Read Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2015 - An OECD ‌Scoreboard.

Read the executive summary in French

Read the press release - (French version here)

Browse the flyer of the 2016 Scoreboard

Highlights of the OECD Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurship Scoreboard

G20 OECD High-Level Principles on SMEs Financing


New Approaches to SME and Entrepreneurship Financing

New Approaches to SME and Entrepreneurship FinancingThis report maps a broad range of external financing techniques to address diverse needs in varying circumstances, including asset-based finance, alternative debt, hybrid instruments, and equity instruments.