What is GEM?

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor is the world's foremost study of entrepreneurship.

Through a vast, centrally coordinated, internationally executed data collection effort, GEM is able to provide high quality information, comprehensive reports and interesting stories, which greatly enhance the understanding of the entrepreneurial phenomenon - but it is more than that. It is also an ever-growing community of believers in the transformative benefits of entrepreneurship.

In numbers, GEM is:

  • 17 years of data
  • 200,000+ interviews a year
  • 100+ countries
  • 500+ specialists in entrepreneurship research
  • 300+ academic and research institutions
  • 200+ funding institutions

In each economy, GEM looks at two elements:

  • The entrepreneurial behaviour and attitudes of individuals
  • The national context and how that impacts entrepreneurship

The information gained, carefully analysed by local GEM researchers,  allows a deep understanding of the environment for entrepreneurship and provides valuable insights.  

GEM began in 1999 as a joint project between Babson College (USA) and London Business School (UK). The aim was to consider why some countries are more 'entrepreneurial' than others. 17 years on, GEM is the richest resource of information on the subject, publishing a range of global, national and 'special topic' reports on an annual basis.


Is South Africa headed for economic meltdown?

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GEM Belgium & Flanders 2014 report

Research papers
Entrepreneurship and immigration: evidence from GEM Luxembourg

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