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SMEs in Europe: An Overview

  • Gianluca Oricchio
  • Sergio Lugaresi
  • Andrea Crovetto
  • Stefano Fontana
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Abstract

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the EU economy: they represent 99.8 % of EU companies, almost 60 % of GDP (total value added) and almost 70 % of the total workforce. Stefano Fontana describes the European SME landscape and also the new funding channels and actors that are rapidly entering the EU SME funding market: private loan and bond funds, selective and diversified funds (both equity and debt), and e-platforms.

Keywords

Gross Domestic Product Small Business Large Company Annual Turnover Rapid Technological Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianluca Oricchio
    • 1
  • Sergio Lugaresi
    • 2
  • Andrea Crovetto
    • 3
  • Stefano Fontana
    • 4
  1. 1.Springrowth SGRMilanItaly
  2. 2.ABIRomeItaly
  3. 3.EPIC SIMMilanItaly
  4. 4.Sapienza Università di RomaRomeItaly

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