Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Trento Centre: entrepreneurship and SMEs


entrepreneurship and SMEsSupporting entrepreneurship and SME development locally 

Entrepreneurs and SMEs face challenges in terms of access to financing, integrating global value chains and penetrating foreign markets in a context of slow recovery from the economic crisis.

To address these issues, entrepreneurs and managers need to continually upgrade their production processes, work organisation, and management and workforce skills. Many of these challenges can be addressed through tailored and effective business support infrastructure.

Getting the design, governance and implementation of support services right is thus of crucial importance in addressing market failures and unleashing entrepreneurs’ and SMEs’ potential. 


2017-2018 Focus

Delivering effective business development services at the local level

This activity will build capacities in adapting the business service infrastructure to the changing needs of businesses to optimise outcomes in terms of enterprise creation, expansion and productivity improvement. It will analyse the role of local authorities, public sector services, such as business development centres, and business-led organisations such as chambers of commerce, in providing services that are addressing the key issues and obstacles to the development of local enterprises.

The activity will contribute to the overall programme of work of the OECD on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, including the activities undertaken by the Working party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, the development of an OECD Strategy for SMEs, and the OECD Ministerial meeting on SMEs scheduled in February 2018.

One seminar will involve practitioners from various countries and address the following key dimensions of successful support provision: i) the range and modes of services; ii) accessibility to SMEs and entrepreneurs; iii) management skills training; and iv) local governance mechanisms.




5 December 2017 | Trento, Italy


Previous related events

Policy seminar: Supporting SME competitiveness reforms in the Eastern Partner Countries - OECD Eurasia
10-13 October 2016 | Venice, Italy

Seminars: Promoting and supporting new enterprises to foster local economy in Trentino
September 2015 - November 2015 | Trento, Italy

Capacity building seminar: Promoting entrepreneurial education in schools
3-6 November 2014 | Potsdam, Germany

Capacity building seminar: Strengthening agricultural co-operatives in Kazakhstan
13-17 October 2014 | Trento, Italy

High-level capacity building seminar: Supporting youth in entrepreneurship
22-23 September 2014 | Brussels, Belgium

Capacity building seminar: Supporting the competitiveness of Ukraine’s agribusiness SMEs
15-18 October 2013 | Trento, Italy

Capacity building seminar: Developing inclusive entrepreneurship strategies - Entrepreneurial activities in Europe
27-28 June 2013 | Brussels, Belgium

Seminar: Evaluation of programmes for the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises
25 April 2013 | Jerusalem, Israel

Capacity building seminar: Financing business start-up by under-represented groups
27-29 June 2012 | Trento, Italy

25-28 October 2011 | Trento, Italy





Completed reviews & reports

Review: Regional FDI-SME linkage strategies in Kazakhstan
December 2011 - May 2015

Review: Supporting survival and growth of graduate entrepreneurship: skills, competences and start-up support in Germany
January 2011-December 2013

Report: Knowledge networks and their impact on new and small firms in local economies (Italy-Germany)
31 Januray 2012

December 2011-December 2012

Review: Entrepreneurship support in Tunisia - The role of universities  
January 2010-December 2012

Review: Skills and competences for entrepreneurship 
January 2010-December 2012

July 2010

Review: National and regional small and medium-sized enterprise policy linkage in Serbia
May 2010

Review: SME and entrepreneurship issues and policies at national and local levels in Poland
March 2010

See all Trento Centre's past events and activities in 2008/2011 and 2004/2007.

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