The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor is the largest single study of entrepreneurial activity in the world.

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About GEM

Entrepreneurship is an essential driver of societal health and wealth. It is also a formidable engine of economic growth. It promotes the essential innovation required not only to exploit new opportunities, promote productivity, and create employment, but to also address some of society’s greatest challenges.  Governments and other stakeholders will increasingly need hard, robust and credible data to make key decisions that stimulate sustainable forms of entrepreneurship and promote healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems worldwide. During its 22 years of existence, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) has repeatedly contributed to such efforts. For example, following the great recession of 2008, GEM’s research provided policymakers with valuable insights on how to best foster entrepreneurship to propel growth and prosperity once again.

GEM carries out survey-based research on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world. GEM is a networked consortium of national country teams primarily associated with top academic institutions. GEM is the only global research source that collects data on entrepreneurship directly from individual entrepreneurs.

GEM tools and data are therefore unique and benefit numerous stakeholder groups by becoming involved with GEM.

GEM’s primary focus is on the study of three areas:

  • To measure differences in the level of entrepreneurial activity between countries
  • To uncover factors leading to appropriate levels of entrepreneurship
  • To suggest policies that may enhance the national level of entrepreneurial activity.

In numbers, GEM represents:

  • 22 years of data, allowing longitudinal analysis in and across geographies on multiple levels
  • Up to 200,000+ interviews annually with experts and adult populations including entrepreneurs of all ages
  • Data from 115 economies on all continents across the world
  • Collaboration with over 500 specialists in entrepreneurship research
  • Involvement of some 300+ academic and research institutions
  • Support from more than 200 funding institutions


We are pleased to have NatWest sponsor the GEM UK project.  As the UK’s biggest supporter of small businesses, they understand the important role that start-ups, scale-ups and high-growth businesses play in a strong and prosperous UK economy. Participation in the GEM Global project by the UK consortium was made possible by funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Business Innovation Directorate, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, the Welsh Government, Department for the Economy (NI) and NatWest.

The GEM UK national team is led by Professor Mark Hart and has been based at Aston Business School since 2008 and managed by Wendy Ferris (ERC, Aston Business School).  The GEM UK National team involves a number of individuals from a range of academic institutions.

Publications and Press

Global Reports and further publications can be found on the GEM Website.