Global Entrepreneurship Monitor GEM

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor GEM is a not-for-profit academic research consortium that has as its goal making high quality international research data on entrepreneurial activity readily available to as wide an audience as possible.  GEM is the largest single study of entrepreneurial activity in the world.Initiated in 1999 with 10 countries, GEM 2008 conducted research in 43 countries.
Our site is designed to showcase the capabilities and functions of GEM. For further information please contact a member of the GEM Coordination Team, or one of our many National Teams. (Homepage).

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About /what is GEM: The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research program is an annual assessment of the national level of entrepreneurial activity.  

Started as a partnership between London Business School and Babson College, it was initiated in 1999 with 10 countries, expanded to 21 in the year 2000, with 29 countries in 2001 and 37 countries in 2002. GEM 2009 is set to conduct research in 56 countries.

The research program, based on a harmonized assessment of the level of national entrepreneurial activity for all participating countries, involves exploration of the role of entrepreneurship in national economic growth. Systematic differences continue, with few highly entrepreneurial countries reflecting low economic growth. There is, further, a wealth of national features and characteristics associated with entrepreneurial activity.

Those new to the research program will find global comparisons, national reports, and special topic reports based on the annual data collection cycle. This material can be downloaded after a few simple items of personal background are provided. Over 120 scholars and researchers are actively participating in the GEM project; those with user names and passwords will have access to the interview schedules, data collection procedures, and other details required for systematic analysis.

In 2005 the National Teams, London Business School and Babson College as a consortium, established an independent, not-for-profit company called the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA) to oversee the operations of GEM.  GERA now owns the GEM brand.

Vision & Values:

  • Our aim is to set international standards for social survey based research methodologies in entrepreneurship.
  • Our ambition is to cover a greater proportion of OECD and non-OECD nations in the interests of gaining a detailed picture of the world’s entrepreneurs and their role in economic development.

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