3.10 Promotion of entrepreneurship culture
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State central authorities are not usually running top-level events or activities to support young entrepreneurship, however, the relevant state agencies supporting entrepreneurship, investments, innovation, education, SMEs and similar do focus on the subject promotion to the general public. In line with the equal opportunities policy, no special youth-focused initiatives take place, however, young people are an important target subgroup which the agencies do operate accordingly. Activities are often initiated by private associations, and subsequently often supported by the public authorities which is in line with the relevant state policies. Such events and activities are:
- youth business fairs,
- public relations campaigns for introducing entrepreneurship to young people,
- initiatives to support activities to promote youth entrepreneurship in the field of social entrepreneurship,
- info days,
- free consultation and support in specific areas for an interested public, including young people.
- Special events and activities as e.g. contests, seminars, trainings etc. are publically operated by the agencies devoted for support of entrepreneurship - for details, see chapter 3.9.
There are other private initiatives and activities, especially by the Association of small and medium-sized enterprises and the self-employed, and public authorities are usually following these happenings, and sometimes also contribute with funding when the organising subjects apply for such support in eligible programmes for supporting entrepreneurship.
Act no. 47/2002 Sb. on the support of medium and small enterprises and the State strategy to support small and medium-size businesses 2021 -2027 set the Policy Framework for support of medium and small enterprises. Young people are not explicitly mentioned there as a target group. However, youth is included as part of the general public and users of these policies and positive side effects toward young people are mentioned in the strategies.
The Czech Republic has a goal of increasing the number of young entrepreneurs up to 35 years of age within the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation 2014-2020 (RIS3 Strategy)
In the Czech Republic, there are mostly privately-initiated networks or networks around the public agencies supporting entrepreneurship, youth NGOs, and Chambers providing support specifically for young entrepreneurs
Publically-initiated networks are focused on entrepreneurs in general not depending on age limit. All relevant information can be found on web pages provided either by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, state agencies to support entrepreneurship or by private providers
Youth receives no special treatment and are considered as an important part of the general public within the field, but not exclusive.
State Policies for SME and Innovations have a goal to support the capital diversification claiming with part of the argumentation to provide and widen the access of young people to enterprise and business partnerships.