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

Executive summary

On the most recent count, some 25.9 million EU residents were unemployed and actively seeking work, representing 10.7% of the labour force. In addition, there are discouraged workers who have given up looking for jobs, and people outside of the labour market for other reasons, who may welcome new work opportunities. One of the most promising and under-explored avenues for governments seeking to address these problems is promotion of business creation by people who are disadvantaged or under-represented in entrepreneurship and self-employment. Many inspiring policy practices are already in place across the nations and regions of Europe, but much more can be done.

English Also available in: German, French

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