The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) is the largest survey-based study of entrepreneurship in the world involving over 60 countries. The GEM research consortium
has been measuring entrepreneurial activity across the world in a comparable way since 1998. GEM’s primary focus is on three areas:
- To measure differences in entrepreneurial attitudes, activity and aspiration between countries
- To uncover factors which underpin these differences
- To identify policies that may enhance entrepreneurial activity.
The United Kingdom was a founding GEM nation and the first GEM UK report was produced in 1999. The GEM UK project comprises an annual survey of around 30,000 individuals and has been widely used by a range of organisations in the private and public sector (national, regional and local) to obtain comparative measures of entrepreneurial attitudes, activity and aspiration for the UK. Looking globally, we compare the UK with participating G7 countries and the large industrialized or industrializing countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China (“BRIC”). Within the UK we compare the entrepreneurial prevalence of different places and groups of individuals.
Overall, GEM’s unique ability to provide information on the entrepreneurial landscape of countries in a global context makes its data a necessary resource for any serious attempt to study and track entrepreneurial behaviour worldwide.