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SMEs and the Urban Fabric Conference | 28-29 Apr. 2022, Trento, Italy


The OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, its Champion Mayor for Inclusive Growth Initiative and Trento Centre for Local Development, in collaboration with the SME Unit of the ILO Enterprises Department and the Ax:son Johnson Foundation, are pleased to invite you to the

Second international conference on

SMEs and the Urban Fabric
in person event with partial live streaming

28-29 April 2022  Trento, Italy


Register for in-person participation by 22 April 2022.
After this date, only registrations for the partial live streaming will be possible.

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The conference provides an opportunity for policy makers, academics and practitioners to gather and discuss how cities can be a vibrant place that supports their SMEs and entrepreneurs, what lessons can we take away from the COVID-19 pandemic for SME support, and what will the future hold for SMEs in cities.


This conference brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss ways in which policies, regulations and planning can help create an environment for thriving entrepreneurship and SMEs, while at the same time leveraging these entrepreneurs for local development. The agenda combines presentations of academic research with practical examples from different countries and cities. Every session will allow for open discussion with all participants and long hospitality breaks will provide room to exchange bilaterally with the speakers and other participants.

The conference will also provide a dedicated space for participants to present their country’s, region’s or city’s efforts to provide a conducive environment for their SMEs and entrepreneurs or the measures taken to directly support them (please indicate your interest during registration). The space will allow for dialogue with participants during the coffee and lunch breaks and complements the main programme. Participants can also indicate their interest to present in the Policy Speed Session planned for the second day of the conference.

The event will be in-person respecting all COVID-19-related health guidelines by the Italian authorities. For those unable to join in person, a partial live streaming of the event will be available upon registration. The main event language will be English. Italian/English interpretation will be available onsite for in-person participants.

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OECD Trento Centre for Local Development
Vicolo San Marco 1, 38122 Trento, Italy
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This event is part of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities activities.

The OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities provides comparative statistics, analysis and capacity building for local and national actors to work together to unleash the potential of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises, promote inclusive and sustainable regions and cities, boost local job creation, and support sound tourism policies.

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