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.

GEM is a trusted resource on entrepreneurship for key international organisations like the United Nations, World Economic Forum, World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), providing custom datasets, special reports and expert opinion. 

These important bodies leverage GEM's rich data, tried-and-tested methodology and network of local experts to promote evidence-based policies towards entrepreneurship around the world.

In numbers, GEM is:

  • 20 years of data
  • 200,000+ interviews a year
  • 100+ economies
  • 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. 20 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.


Spotlighting Trends in High Job Growth Expectations

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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Luxembourg 2014

Research papers
Perceived innovativeness and competitiveness of early-stage entrepreneurs

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