The Hacking Growth – boosting entrepreneurial ecosystems in European regions

Thu 10, October 2019
09:15 - 13:00 CET

Web streaming

[2-session workshop]

What are crucial elements in developing a conducive entrepreneurship ecosystem in the regions and cities? How can EU policy enable it to happen? In the first morning session, we look into the development of a regional entrepreneurship ecosystem based on the successful stories from European Entrepreneurial Regions and associated regions, partners in the iEER Interreg project.

In the second morning session EU entrepreneurial regions will issue policy recommendations to the European Commission for startups, scale-ups and innovative SMEs in the next EU policy framework.

Christine Chang, Project officer, Helsinki-Uusimaa office, Finland.
Daniela Copaci, Project Manager, West Region Romania, Romania.
Teresa García Muñoz, General Director of Entrepreneurship and Cooperativism, Valencia Region, Spain.
Olgierd Geblewicz, Member, European Committee of the Regions, Poland.
Francesco Giacinti, Member, Marche Regional Parliament, Italy.
Helle Knudsen, Chief Consultant, Region of Southern Denmark, Denmark.
Markku MARKKULA, Chair of the City’s Board of ESPOO, 1st Vice President of the Committee of the Regions, City of ESPOO, Finland.
Michael McQuillan, Chief Executive, Enterprise Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Michael Murphy, CoR member, County Tipperary Council, Ireland.
Breda O'Dwyer, Research & Engagement Project Lead, Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland.
Katja REPPEL, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Belgium.
Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor Helsinki-Uusimaa Region, Helsinki-Uusimaa Region, Finland.
Erwin Siweris, Programme Director, Interreg Europe, France.
Alain Storck, President, Of Hauts-de-France Innovation Development, France.
Tadeusz Truskolaski, Mayor of Bialystok, CoR member, City of Bialystok, Poland.
Richard Tuffs,, N/A, Belgium.
Birgit Weidel, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG GROW, Belgium.
Andreas Wilms, President, University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg, Germany.
The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities
CoR - ECON commission
English (EN), Español (ES), Français (FR), Italiano (IT), Polski (PL)

Session summary

The conference brought together close to 100 local and regional experts, policymakers and political representatives. Ten regions that have been participating in the iEER project since 2016 shared the tangible results and conclusions of their work, building on the implementation of their regional action plans and based on the knowledge generated during the more than 15 international workshops held over the last three years. 

The workshop was divided into two parts. In the first part, participants learned how a start-up framework is expanded into an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The session was then followed by the iEER regions' presentations on their respective entrepreneurial ecosystems and an analysis of the main lessons learned and added value from the project.

The second part of the workshop focused more on policy-making and included a presentation of the European Committee of the Regions' opinion on the SME policy by rapporteur Tadeusz Truskolaski. Furthermore, Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor of Helsinki-Uusimaa, presented the political recommendations of the iEER project, saying that Europe needs a mind-set shift to become entrepreneurial.

The conference continued with a presentation of the European Commission's reaction and the closing speech by Markku Markkula, the first vice-president of the European Committee of the Regions.

Take away message

The European Union needs to invest in policies and programmes that support the development and connectivity of entrepreneurial ecosystems in European regions and cities, including in the next EU programming period, 2021-2027. Furthermore, entrepreneurial education should be embedded in both SME and education policies in Europe – these were the main messages of the final conference of the Interreg Europe-funded iEER project, organised in Brussels during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

Tadeusz Truskolaski, ECON member:

Only targeted measures, underpinned by smart strategic planning, sound and stable governance, and collaboration between various bodies, will enable an optimal environment to develop, where start-ups and innovative SMEs can grow.

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  • Posted by: Izoulet Cortes Filho
    On: 29/09/2019 - 18:19pm


    I saw this workshop will be streamed throughouy YouTube. Is it will be recorded for future reference? And how can it be accessed? I'm much interested in it however my schedule won't allow me to participate. If this question need a more specific addresment please inform me. Hope to hear from you soon.