SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Israel 2016

This report examines Israel’s performance in stimulating SMEs and entrepreneurship and makes recommendations for government policy. A dual economy has gradually emerged in Israel, in which high rates of successful technology-based entrepreneurship contrast with low average productivity and growth in traditional SMEs. Israel has excellent framework conditions and programmes for technology-based start-ups and SMEs in areas such as R&D, high-level skills generation and venture capital finance. These strengths need to be maintained. At the same time, more needs to be done to spread success to all types of SMEs and all groups of the Israeli population. This report recommends a range of new and expanded interventions for example in access to credit, broad innovation, workforce skills development, management support and entrepreneurship education. It recommends underpinning these actions with a national SME and entrepreneurship policy strategy and new arrangements for inter-ministerial co-ordination.

Published on November 21, 2016

In series:OECD Studies on SMEs and Entrepreneurshipview more titles


Basic statistics of Israel
Executive summary
Assessment and Recommendations
SME and entrepreneurship performance in Israel
Business environment and framework conditions in Israel
The strategic framework and policy delivery system in Israel
National programmes for SMEs and entrepreneurship in Israel
The local dimension to SME and entrepreneurship policy in Israel
Entrepreneurship and SME development in the Arab Israeli population
Medium-sized enterprises in Israel
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