Publication on Inclusive Entrepreneurship

A perfect preparation for the coming SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT project meeting in Germany (April 16 – 17th, 2015 in Speyer / Germany) is this publication of the OECD in cooperation with the European Commission. The 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. 

The book examines the role that entrepreneurship can play as a conduit for inclusiveness, particularly within the European Union. It paints a picture of the scale and scope of self-employment and entrepreneurship activities by groups that are disadvantaged or under-represented in these activities and the labour market. The book also examines barriers and provides guidance for policy makers on how these barriers can be overcome, focusing on business creation by the unemployed, ethnic minority entrepreneurship, the design of business development services and making social security systems friendly to entrepreneurship and self-employment.

The publication perfectly fits into the SUPPEORTED EMPLOYMENT project as partners already discussed the entrepreneurial chances of disabled and disadvantaged persons in the 2nd project meeting March 2014 at partner CARDET in Cyprus. The discussion in the workshop "Social Entrepreneurship for Disabled People" covered  basic attributes of inclusive entrepreneurship, areas where inclusive entrepreneurship can support employability for disabled and disadvantaged people, how to develop an inclusive enterprise, key success factors and characteristics of inclusive entrepreneurship.

OECD/The European Commission (2014), The Missing Entrepreneurs: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe, OECD Publishing. 248 pages, ISBN : 9789264188167 (PDF) ; 9789264188150 (print);  More: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264213593-en

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(Karin Drda-Kühn / ACW, 7.1.2015)