Entrepreneurship and SMEs

  • economy

This working group will focus on supporting business creation and development and skills development in cities, supporting our objective of long-term economic development

Cities are the engines of growth in Europe. They will also be the engines of recovery. Entrepreneurship flourishes in cities, where the majority of SMEs are created and grow. City authorities, in partnership with local organisations, are well-placed to define the most appropriate strategies to create a favourable environment for the development of entrepreneurship and creation of new jobs. Cities offer not only the business opportunities but also the combination of services, support and infrastructure that entrepreneurs need.

The main working group objectives are to promote the exchange of ideas, knowledge and good practices between cities, including its local ecosystems and communities, and act as lobbying structure aiming to support SME and entrepreneurs ‘activities in European urban centers. 
Specific themes to be discussed in 2018 are:
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Cooperation with academia and universities
  • Promotion of quality jobs (on above mentioned issues work with other WGS in SAF if needed)
  • Valorisation and uptake of ideas from Micro companies
  • development and financing of entrepreneurial ecosystems


Antonio Barroso
Deputy Mayor

vice chair

Cristina Gil Adelantado
Head of International projects and European funds

EUROCITIES staff contact

Aleksandra Olejnik
EUROCITIES Brussels Office
Policy advisor