Location: Brussels, Belgium
Given the extended period of the economic crisis, Europe is in more need than ever of finding a sustainable way to create jobs and growth. With 4 million new jobs created every year, small and medium-sized enterprises create the most new jobs in Europe. Today, SMEs account for 99% of enterprise in Europe and have been identified as key drivers in achieving the growth and development needed for economic recovery. Entrepreneurs are the driving force behind these businesses and are, therefore, vital to this process.
Amongst other things, the EU has launched its Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan to promote entrepreneurship in the EU28. Whilst innovative projects and initiatives are positive steps towards accessing this potential, much more still needs to be done to unleash Europe's entrepreneurial potential, both at national and European level. Eurostat figures show that entrepreneurship is not seen as a viable and successful career path because common barriers such as access to finance, administrative burden and fear of failure remain in most European Member States.
Philippe Vanrie, CEO, EBN, will be speaking about Reigniting the European Entrepreneurial Mindset .
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