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.
The event aim is to explore the coordination among different level of governments within the RIS3 governance and consider how to integrate sub-regional governments in order to improve the governance of Smart Specialisation (S3).
start date: 12-04-2018 end date: 12-04-2018
On 24-26 April, the city of Rotterdam will host the NEXUS Europe summit. The Summit will connect the financial, intellectual, creative and social capital of our generation in an action-oriented, solutions-focused community.
start date: 24-04-2018 end date: 26-04-2018
This week is 'Startup Europe Week', the initiative to inform entrepreneurs of the support and resources available at city and regional level.
publication date: 07-03-2018
‘Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs’: OECD 2018 scoreboard presents new trends on SMEs access to finance
For a broader overview of the SMEs access to finance, check out the OECD 2018 scoreboard on ‘Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs’.
publication date: 06-03-2018
SME definition is relevant for access to finance and in general to EU support since it applies to all policies, programmes and measures that the Commission develops and operates for SMEs.
publication date: 06-03-2018
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.
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)
start date: 21-02-2018 end date: 21-02-2018
start date: 26-03-2018 end date: 26-03-2018
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.
publication date: 01-02-2018
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.
publication date: 21-12-2017