COPIE @ 'Developing Inclusive Entrepreneurship Strategies' OECD/EU seminar

The promotion and support of self-employment and business start-ups remains underdeveloped in many countries, in particular by groups that are disadvantaged or under-represented in the labour market and entrepreneurship, such as the unemployed, youth, seniors, migrants, women, people with disabilities. The potential of inclusive entrepreneurship schemes, particularly within the context of the current crisis, is still not fully realised.

The seminar aims to support a senior policy maker in each EU Member State to learn more about how they can use the ESF to promote entrepreneurship by under-represented groups in their country and act as part of an international network to spread the message to other policy makers working on the ground. It will help senior policy makers understand how inclusive entrepreneurship policy actions relate to one another and how they can be combined into cohesive strategies. The focus will be on key factors for the development of inclusive strategies, programmes and actions. In particular it will consider the ways in which inclusive entrepreneurship strategies are linked to mainstream policies and how inclusive entrepreneurship strategies and actions can be included in ESF funded programmes, noting the current states of planning for 2014-2020.

This event is part of a series of high-level capacity building seminars that are designed to:
• Build a European network of senior policy makers and practitioners in the field of inclusive entrepreneurship and provide them access to OECD and Commission expertise.
• Share and promote entrepreneurship projects as initiatives that can be supported by the European Social Fund.
• Exchange good practices related to the planning, development and implementation of entrepreneurship strategies and projects.
• Further develop capacities of senior policy makers in EU Member States in this field.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013 to Friday, June 28, 2013