Support Services for Would-be
Entrepreneurs and Newly Established Businesses.

Support Services for Would-be
Entrepreneurs and Newly Established Businesses.
This is the site of a project, initiated and funded by DG GROW of the European Commission, that is identifying and examining support services across 42 countries for individuals who want to establish businesses and for new businesses in the early years of their operation.

The aim is to obtain an overview of such services and identify what makes them effective, so that support professionals and the authorities that launch and fund them can learn for experience elsewhere and improve their own services.

The project is being implemented by CSES, in co-operation with CSIL, IDEA Consult, SPI, Old Continent and a network of country researchers for each country covered.

If you are active in this area, we'd like to receive input from you and we are happy to keep you informed about how we are progressing.

This is the site of a project, initiated and funded by DG GROW of the European Commission, that is identifying and examining support services across 42 countries for individuals who want to establish businesses and for new businesses in the early years of their operation.

The aim is to obtain an overview of such services and identify what makes them effective, so that support professionals and the authorities that launch and fund them can learn for experience elsewhere and improve their own services.

The project is being implemented by CSES, in co-operation with CSIL, IDEA Consult, SPI, Old Continent and a network of country researchers for each country covered.

If you are active in this area, we'd like to receive input from you and we are happy to keep you informed about how we are progressing.

The nature of the project
The objective set for the project was to assess the availability, quality and impact of support services provided to would-be entrepreneurs planning to start a business, and to newly established businesses. Specific attention is to be given to support schemes tailored to young people and women.

The first task is to collect information on the range of services offered in countries covered by the study. These are the 28 Member States of the European Union, other countries that participate in the EU's COSME programme (Albania, Armenia, FYROM, Iceland, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine), plus three external countries – the US, Canada and Israel.

Analysis of the different support services will then allow best practice to be identified and the services to be benchmarked, as the basis for learning and the wider adoption of the most effective approaches.

The project began on 30th August 2018 and will continue until May 2019.