The Hacking Growth – boosting entrepreneurial ecosystems in European regions
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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On: 29/09/2019 - 18:19pm