GEM Canada University of Calgary Report 2015-2016
- Year of publication: 2016
- Category: National Reports
- Language: English
- Upload date: 2017-04-16
We believe that this is the first application of GEM methodology to a university population. It was greatly facilitated by the fact that 100% of the population has a known email address. It's main findings were: Levels of entrepreneurial activity at the university are similar to the Alberta population and among the highest in the developed world. Interestingly, fewer members of the university community were confident of their skills or the opportunities. “Don’t know” was a common response. This may only mean they were more realistic than the general population. Levels of “intrapreneurship” are quite high among students and faculty, There is a great deal of innovative activity going on with community partners. The GEM survey offers a systematic measure of this. All parts of the university were almost equally involved in entrepreneurial activity — health sciences, science and engineering, and social sciences and humanities. More than 50 per cent of entrepreneurial activity was directed at serving businesses, rather than consumers. Approximately 30 per cent of initiatives aimed to have 20 or more employees in five years, higher than the rates for Alberta or Canada. More than 40 per cent of initiatives expected significant export revenues. Far more initiatives at the university used recent technology than in Alberta as a whole or the rest of Canada. Initiatives at the U of C are much more innovative than initiatives from Alberta as a whole. Women participation in entrepreneurship was somewhat less than in the Alberta population, particularly among faculty.