February 24, 2024

The Missing Entrepreneurs 2023

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“The Missing Entrepreneurs 2023”, a joint Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentEuropean Commission report highlighting the barriers faced by underrepresented groups in entrepreneurship, was released on 30 November 2023. 

According to the report, if everyone were as active in business creation as 30- to 49-year-old men, there would be 34.1 million more entrepreneurs in the OECD, and 7.5 million in the EU. Nearly three-quarters of the ‘missing’ entrepreneurs are women and many are over 50 years old (63% in the EU and 73% in the OECD).

“The Missing Entrepreneurs 2023” is the seventh edition in a series of biennial reports examining how government policies can release untapped entrepreneurial potential from under-represented parts of the population of impactful entrepreneurs including women, youth, seniors, the unemployed, immigrants and people with disabilities.

It offers comparative data on the entrepreneurship activities and the barriers faced by each group across OECD and EU countries. It takes a deep dive into the effectiveness of youth entrepreneurship schemes and the design of welfare bridge schemes for business creation by job seekers.

It also contains country profiles for each of the 27 EU Member States, showing the major recent trends in diversity in entrepreneurship and the current state and evolution of policy for each country.

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