A Catalyst for Urban Regeneration

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This book presents a 'toolbox' of instruments for entrepreneurship development in what often appear to be the most hostile environments for economic development in our cities, showing how entrepreneurship can indeed prosper given the right stimulus.  It is based on the proceedings of the conference on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Distressed Urban Areas held 7-8 October 2003 in Rome, and organised by the OECD LEED Programme, in collaboration with the EU, the municipality of Rome, and Risorse per Roma.



Entrepreneurship Financing in Distressed Urban Areas: North American Approaches

This chapter starts by examining the importance of entrepreneurship financing for distressed urban neighbourhoods as well as the barriers that exist, including lack of verifiable market information, limited access to capital markets, cost of technical expertise, “redlining” and racial discrimination. It then describes the current mechanisms for financing entrepreneurs in U.S. distressed urban neighbourhoods, covering personal...


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