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15.07.2009 Best Practice Workshop in Halle, Germany.

University graduates have enormous potential for innovation and economic development. Mobilising them for entrepreneurial careers, enhancing their entrepreneurial skills, and providing support for business start-up are important tasks for universities that are only now being fully recognised. Public policy has a role in stimulating innovative and good practice approaches by universities and supporting the exchange of lessons learned.

The joint policy development project from the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the OECD and the German Federal Ministry of Housing, Construction and Urban Affairs analyses since 2005 policy challenges and options in enhancing entrepreneurship and to offer inspiration for new approaches through local capacity building and international exchanges of policy experiences.

The aim of the good practice workshop was to follow up this work with a practical event to enable universities and policy makers from eastern Germany to exchange with each other and with participants from other countries around good practice in universities entrepreneurship support, namely in entrepreneurship education and in start-up support. A rich and diverse programme also offered participants opportunities to engage in dept-interviews with those behind good practices.