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

Commission kicks off the European Semester 2018 with high focus on the European Pillar of Social Rights

On 22 November, the European Commission kicked off the European Semester for 2018 by releasing the Annual Growth Survey, Joint Employment Report and the new Employment Guidelines. This comes three days after the joint proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights at the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg.

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publication date: 23-11-2017

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

ROCKs living lab in Eindhoven

The tech savvy city of Eindhoven hosted the second work-shadowing visit of ROCK, which focused on the living lab approach to urban innovation, mastered by the city. The three ROCK replicator cities Bologna, Lisbon and Skopje got inspired by this method of trial and error and got concrete recommendations and tips on how to transfer Eindhoven's good practices to their local context.

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publication date: 23-11-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

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publication date: 22-11-2017

Europe & social economy, the time has come!

Faced with the current European uncertainties, the challenges of collective entrepreneurship have probably never been so important. Essential lever for ecological and social transformation of the economy, the social and solidarity economy is present in various policies and systems of the European Union.

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start date: 12-01-2018
end date: 12-01-2018

  •  economy

Launch event - EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award 2018

The EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award is an initiative of the European Commission aims to recognise and celebrate cities’ achievements and positive impact in the area of social, economic and environmental sustainability in international trade.

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start date: 07-12-2017
end date: 07-12-2017

  •  economy

EDF meeting in Vienna 16-18 October: Highlights

The Autumn EDF meeting in Vienna represented for cities a great chance to debate on long-term investment strategies, as well as to learn and receive inputs by experts coming from national and European high-level institutions.

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publication date: 03-11-2017

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publication date: 17-10-2017

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publication date: 13-10-2017

  •  knowledge society

EU Digital Cities Challenge launched

On 10 October 2017, during the European Week of Regions and Cities, the European Commission (DG GROW and DG REGIO) and the Committee of the Regions launched the Digital Cities Challenge. The Challenge invites cities in Europe to improve the life of their citizens through the development and implementation of digital policies.

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publication date: 12-10-2017

  •  knowledge society

KSF - GDC conference: Imagine the Urban Future. Brussels, 23 January 2018

EUROCITIES Knowledge Society forum and the Green Digital Charter invite you to their annual event that looks to the trends, technologies and challenges that will shape the future European cities.

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start date: 23-01-2018
end date: 23-01-2018