Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Cultivating successful entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurship is critical for innovation, job creation and inclusion.

  • What's the issue?

Entrepreneurship is at the heart of national and local economic growth. By innovating and seizing opportunities, entrepreneurs drive national and local economic change and competitiveness.

But there are many barriers to entrepreneurship that policy must address – obstacles in the regulatory environment, access to finance, exploitation of knowledge from research, skills for entrepreneurship, and ensuring that women, youth and people from all social groups have an opportunity to create successful businesses. 

  • What can the OECD offer?

We  provide analysis and guidance on entrepreneurship policies at the level of countries, regions and social groups. Our case studies and reviews range across all the key challenges for policy makers in entrepreneurship development. At regional level, we examine the obstacles and enablers of entrepreneurship for industrial transition and growth. 



Entrepreneurship for all

This OECD-EC project examines the barriers faced by disadvantaged groups to business creation.

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This OECD-EC self-assessment tool sets out a framework for governments and higher education institutions.

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The OECD will hold a Workshop on Transnational Entrepreneurship on 3 September 2018.

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For further information, please contact Jonathan POTTER or David HALABINSKY.