entrepreneurship

Cities offer not only the business opportunities, but the combination of services, support and infrastructure entrepreneurs and small businesses need to thrive. City governments develop policies and programmes tailored to the specific needs of local entrepreneurs and small businesses.

With the right support, we believe that entrepreneurs and SMEs will play a significant role in achieving the Europe 2020 goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Some 99% of European businesses are SMEs, and 90% of those employ fewer than ten people. Two out of every three private sector jobs in Europe are provided by SMEs.

Previous recessions have shown that new growth and jobs often come from smaller businesses. Supporting entrepreneurship is therefore crucial to improve Europe’s employment rates..

Entrepreneurship also fosters social and economic cohesion - especially in cities where development is lagging behind - by stimulating economic activity and job creation and helping integrate the unemployed or other disadvantaged groups into work.

The needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs vary widely, as do the environments in which they operate.

The European Small Business Act calls for policies relating to SMEs ‘to fully recognise this diversity and fully respect the principle of subsidiarity’. Cities are therefore ideally-placed to identify the most appropriate strategies and create favourable environments for entrepreneurs and small business to flourish. They do so by facilitating networking opportunities, managing business incubators and developing synergies between companies and research institutes, amongst other approaches.

Our working group on entrepreneurship focuses on finding ways to improve city services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. It is a platform for cities to share expertise and experience and the group closely follows European initiatives aimed at fostering entrepreneurship, and provides input to ensure that they are closely aligned with cities’ needs.

In October 2012, we published 'Helping cities foster entrepreneurship', our response to the European Commission consultation on its future Entrepreneurship 2020 action plan.  

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Webinar - EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award 2018

Representatives from the International Trade Centre & DG Trade will guide interested cities through the application process. The information webinar will take place on Wednesday 21 February at 14.30 (Brussels time)

event

start date: 21-02-2018
end date: 21-02-2018

  •  economy

event

start date: 26-03-2018
end date: 26-03-2018

Registration is now open for the Social Affairs Forum in Utrecht on 7-8 March

Are you interested to learn about what cities can do for social sustainability? Is your city already working to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals? Or perhaps you or your city are searching for inspiration from other cities in Europe? Then, join us for the Social Affairs Forum in Utrecht on 7-8 March.

news

publication date: 01-02-2018

  •  culture

Cities can now apply for the title of European Youth Capital 2021!

Cities across Europe can now apply to become the European Youth Capital in 2021. The title is awarded by the European Youth Forum to a different European city each year. The award is recognising the efforts and initiatives of the municipality in making the city more youth-friendly and boosting the role of young people and youth organisations in the community.

news

publication date: 21-12-2017

The missing entrepreneurs - Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

The OECD and the European Commission have prepared a publication on policies for inclusive entrepreneurship and its benefit for society.

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publication date: 11-12-2017

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Lindholmen Science Park

With triple helix and cross-border cooperation, Lindholmen Science Park develops and supports sustainable innovations in the areas of ICT, transport and media.

case study

publication date: 08-12-2017

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

MINATEC

MINATEC located in Grenoble has been one of the first innovation campuses created in Europe and during its years of work managed to establish itself as one of the top five micro and nanotechnology innovation campuses in the world.

case study

publication date: 08-12-2017

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

The Entrepreneurs Hub in Nacka

In May 2016, Nacka launched the Entrepreneurs Hub, a pilot project that merges entrepreneurship with local immigration and labour market strategies.

case study

publication date: 08-12-2017

Publication on the role of cities in promoting social entrepreneurship

EUROCITIES has prepared a publication on the role of cities in promoting social entrepreneurship. This publication is based on the work of the EUROCITIES WG Smart Social Inclusion which has been gathering practices from its members.

publication

publication date: 06-12-2017

  •  culture

A Culture for Cities and Regions feature film

Cities are drivers of innovative cultural policies that add value to urban and regional development. Increased cultural investments at regional and city levels should be supported through long term programmes at EU level.

news

publication date: 04-12-2017