Sufficient and affordable access to different sources of finance is crucial to allow
SMEs and entrepreneurs to reach their full potential. The 8th edition of the Scoreboard
on SME and Entrepreneurship Finance report provides data from 46 countries around
the world on debt finance, alternative finance instruments and financing conditions,
as well as information on policy initiatives to improve their access to finance.In
2017, SME bank credit increased at a modest pace in many countries and declined in
some others, in the context of broadly positive macroeconomic conditions, improvements
in the business environment and accommodative credit conditions. In contrast, volumes
were generally up for most other sources of finance relevant for SMEs and entrepreneurs,
such as leasing, factoring, online alternative finance, and venture capital investments.
At the same time, a growing share of SMEs relied on self-financing for their investment
needs and cash flow requirements in 2017.The thematic chapter of this publication
investigates the potential for SMEs to leverage their intangible assets to access
external finance, especially debt.
12/04/2019 - The 2019 edition of the OECD Scoreboard on Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs was launched in Washington DC by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Mario Marcel Cullell, Governor of the Central Bank of Chile.