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The European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are excited to announce the launch of the new European Union-OECD Youth Entrepreneurship Policy Academy (YEPA). This new initiative aims to strengthen youth entrepreneurship policies and programmes by raising knowledge about the barriers faced by young people in entrepreneurship and facilitating exchanges between policy makers, experts and young entrepreneurs on “what works” in youth entrepreneurship policy. This new initiative builds on an existing collaboration on inclusive entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship undertaken by the European Commission and the OECD, which includes the award-winning report series The Missing Entrepreneurs. It was announced as a key action in the recent EU Action Plan for Social Economy.
The YEPA is a peer-learning network that seeks to strengthen youth entrepreneurship policies in the European Union (EU). Network participants will be comprised of policy makers from national and sub-national governments, young entrepreneurs (represented by national and international youth entrepreneurship networks), researchers and programme managers. As a specific focus will be given to social entrepreneurship, several social economy networks will be associated. Other stakeholders such as representatives of microfinance institutions or investors will be invited to participate in one or several dedicated thematic events.
The kick-off event will begin on Thursday 9 March 2023 (13:30-18:00 CET), followed by an aperitif at 18:00, and Friday 10 March 2023 (8:30-12:15 CET) , which will feature a number of high-level officials from the European Commission and the OECD.