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3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.10 Promotion of entrepreneurship culture

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  1. Special events and activities
  2. Networks and partnerships

Special events and activities

Young entrepeneurs

The business foundation Jong Ondernemen (Young Entrepreneurs) plays an important role in promoting entrepreneurship for young people. The foundation Young Entrepreneurship aims to inspire young people and challenge them to build an enterprising future. This happens through educational programmes and experience based projects for all education levels. Young Entrepreneurs cooperates with private organizations like the ABN AMRO Bank and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

At the end of June 2016 the  Social Enterprise 360 (SE360) programme (only in Dutch) took place in Bucharest. This project aims at stimulating social entrepreneurship amongst students in higher secondary school. SE360 is an European education programme concerning social entrepreneurship. It is developed by Young Entrepreneurship in cooperation with other organizations from seven other countries. This project is financed by the Erasmus+ programme. At this event more than 10,000 students of 373 schools presented 668 ideas for social enterprises.  

For more information about the activities of Young Entrepreneurs please see projects.

Networks and partnerships

The Dutch government (in English) is helping entrepreneurs to access networks because good networks help businesses grow. Another important network at national and regional level is the largest employers’ organization VNO-NCW (in English). VNO-NCW represents the interests of Dutch business and industry and provides a range of services to its members. VNO-NCW strives to represent its members' interests by promoting a high quality business environment and investment climate in the Netherlands, with a view to boosting the competitiveness of Dutch industry. VNO-NCW also maintains special links with a variety of other organizations. These include the five regional employers' associations affiliated to VNO- NCW. These associations represent regional business interests, provide services to their regional members and encourage networking between those members.