The Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED)
Programme of the OECD would like to acknowledge the contribution of the
Autonomous Province of Trento in Italy to this publication, through its
financial and logistical support to the OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local
Development, which participated in the development of this publication.
We would also like to acknowledge the valuable input of the University
of Essex, School of Entrepreneurship and Business, and the International
Entrepreneurship Foundation in the preparation of this publication. Special
thanks are extended to Professor Jay Mitra of the University of Essex for his
intellectual input as President of the Scientific Committee on
Entrepreneurship to the OECD LEED Trento Centre, and representative of
the University of Essex and International Entrepreneurship Foundation.
The publication was managed and edited by Jonathan Potter, Senior
Economist in the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED)
Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD). Very helpful support was provided by Alessandra
Proto and Roberto Chizzali of the OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local
Development, and Lucy Clarke and Damian Garnys of the OECD LEED
Programme in Paris.
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