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.  

  •  economy

WG City Branding and International Economic Relations - 17 October 2018, Grenoble

Working Group City Branding and International Economic Relations will meet on wendesday 17 October in Grenoble (France), during the Autumn Economic Development Forum. We are happy to invite members to join the meeting.

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start date: 17-10-2018
end date: 17-10-2018

  •  economy

EUROCITIES forum leaflet 2018 - economy

A leaflet featuring the activities of EUROCITIES economic development forum

publication

publication date: 07-06-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

news

publication date: 01-06-2018

European Commission conference: "Creating value together. Towards joint business opportunities with social economy and traditional enterprises" - 3-4 July 2018, Brussels

This conference is organised on behalf of the European Commission by a Technopolis Group lead consortium in the context of the study “Cooperation between social economy enterprises and traditional enterprises”, commissioned by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission.

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start date: 03-07-2018
end date: 04-07-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

One month left to be the next European Capital of Smart Tourism

Cities have just one month left to apply for a range of honours in smart tourism.

news

publication date: 28-05-2018

  •  economy

event

start date: 13-06-2018
end date: 13-06-2018

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Global Smart City Summit

The 'Global smart city summit - real solutions for cities' is part of the 2018 International Business Festival - www.internationlbusinessfestival.com

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start date: 13-06-2018
end date: 14-06-2018

EUROCITIES meets Commissioner Thyssen to discuss working together to implement European Pillar of Social Rights

On 13 April, the mayor of Ghent and president of EUROCITIES, Daniël Termont and deputy mayor of Barcelona and chair of the social affairs forum, Laia Ortiz met with Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, to discuss how cities and the European Commission can work together on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

news

publication date: 16-04-2018

  •  economy

Supporting social entrepreneurs for social impact

On 11 April, EUROCITIES spoke at Euclid Summit 2018 ‘Growing ecosystems for social impact: everyone’s responsible’ opened by Pauline Krikke the Mayor of The Hague, during the keynote conversation on cities for social change; presenting the key learnings from our report on the role of cities in promoting social entrepreneurship.

news

publication date: 16-04-2018

  •  economy

event

start date: 05-06-2018
end date: 05-06-2018