The Missing Entrepreneurs

Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe

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Entrepreneurship development is an important requirement for achieving of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It is also a means to respond to new economic challenges, to create jobs and to fight social and financial exclusion. The impact of the global financial and economic crisis calls for giving entrepreneurship and self-employment a stronger role in economic and social development policies.

This book collects and synthesizes information and data on entrepreneurship activities in Europe, focusing on people that are at the greatest risk of social exclusion. These groups include young people, older people, women, ethnic minorities and migrants, people with disabilities and the unemployed.

English Also available in: German, French

Delivering policies to the target group

This chapter focuses on ensuring that entrepreneurship and self-employment programmes reach out to disadvantaged and under-represented groups. Without adaptation of delivery mechanisms or the introduction of special programmes there are a number of barriers that are likely to reduce programme take up and impact among these target groups. The strengths and weaknesses of alternative delivery models need to be considered, ranging from full integration of target groups into mainstream programmes and organisations to specialist programmes and organisations for each target group. It is argued that the effectiveness and efficiency of the different delivery models is highly dependent on the context but that there are many common actions that can be taken to improve delivery to target groups whatever model is adopted.

English Also available in: German, French

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