Développement économique et création locale d’emplois (LEED)

Cultivating successful entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurship is critical for innovation, job creation and inclusion.

  • What's the issue?

Entrepreneurship is at the heart of national and local economic growth. By innovating and seizing opportunities, entrepreneurs drive national and local economic change and competitiveness.

But there are many barriers to entrepreneurship that policy must address – obstacles in the regulatory environment, access to finance, exploitation of knowledge from research, skills for entrepreneurship, and ensuring that women, youth and people from all social groups have an opportunity to create successful businesses. 

  • What can the OECD offer?

We  provide analysis and guidance on entrepreneurship policies at the level of countries, regions and social groups. Our case studies and reviews range across all the key challenges for policy makers in entrepreneurship development. At regional level, we examine the obstacles and enablers of entrepreneurship for industrial transition and growth. 



Entrepreneurship for all

This OECD-EC project examines the barriers faced by disadvantaged groups to business creation.

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HEInnovate is an OECD-EC self-assessment tool that sets out a framework for governments and higher education institutions.

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Geography of Higher Education focuses on the intersection of education, economic and regional development policies.

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Events and other areas of work

The OECD conducts work on business development services, local entrepreneurship ecosystems and entrepreneurship policy evaluation, and is also holding webinars on entrepreneurship policy throughout COVID-19.

More events and publications on entrepreneurship



For further information, please contact Jonathan POTTER or David HALABISKY




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