Optimizing entrepreneurial development processes for smart specialization in the European Union

Laszlo Szerb, Raquel Ortega Argiles, Zoltan Acs, Eva Komlosi

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This paper demonstrates how the Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index (REDI) can be used to optimize local entrepreneurial discovery processes, in a manner which can support smart specialization strategies (S3). While S3 industry prioritization is based on the identification of local strengths, regional improvement can be achieved by improving the weakest features of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. REDI based suggestions are place-based and offer rationale for tailor-made regional policy interventions. We found that without optimizing the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the industry specialization alone may not be successful because of the inability of the ecosystem to nurture high growth ventures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-45
Number of pages45
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Issue number5
Early online date16 Apr 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Apr 2020


  • European Union
  • entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurship policy
  • regional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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