This compendium contains 20 case studies of public programmes in European
countries that are successfully supporting business creation by people from
disadvantaged and under-represented groups in entrepreneurship. The
populations targeted by these programmes include youth, women, seniors, the
unemployed, immigrants, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. Each
programme description details the programme’s activities and approach,
assesses the challenges faced in development and implementation, and offers
tips for successful transfer to other contexts.
Public policy actions at national, regional and local levels can make an
important contribution to economic growth and social inclusion by promoting
business creation and self-employment by people who otherwise could remain
outside of the mainstream of entrepreneurship. This compendium demonstrates
that workable approaches exist and can help policy makers learn from each
other's experiences to achieve widespread results.