Cutting-edge entrepreneurial research

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, the 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.  Now, once again the 2020 GEM surveys will provide invaluable insights into entrepreneurial attitudes, activity and aspiration in the middle of a public health crisis.GEM

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About GEM

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 institution

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Produced yearly the GEM UK reports are available for download here:

GEM Global and Special reports can be found here:


GEM in the press

Press releases and press coverage for GEM UK can be found here:

16 Sept 2020:
Support for entrepreneurs critical for post-Covid recovery – GEM

The Times - 31 July 2017:
A company built in your spare time doesn’t mean it’s a hobby

Forbes - 6 July 2017:
How Women Joined The UK's Startup Party 

Aston University, Press Release - 5 July 2017:
Surge in female start-ups narrows ‘enterprise gap’

Independent - 5 July 2017:
Gender gap narrows among entrepreneurs as women excel with start ups

The Scotsman - 5 July 2017:
Glasgow entrepreneur launches lone worker safety alarms

Aston University, Press Release - 12 May 2016:
New report reveals immigrants' eye for business

Exporting by Male and Female Entrepreneurs over the Business Cycle - 11 November 2014

The Telegraph - 11 July 2014:
Move over whizz kids, this is the age of the olderpreneur

BizSmart - 4 July 2014:
More over-50s are becoming entrepreneurs

Study reveals new generation of over 50s emerging as entrepreneurs - 2 July 2014 

Midlands Business News - 3 July 2014:
New generation of over 50s emerge as entrepreneurs

News Letter - 3 July 2014:
50-year-olds emerge as the ‘new entrepreneurs’

PR Newswire - 2 July 2014:
New Generation of Over 50s Emerge as Entrepreneurs

The Economic Voice - 2 July 2014:
New Generation of Over 50s Emerge as Entrepreneurs

Aston University, Press Release - 23 August 2012:
"UK business start-up expectations and activity rise to new highs in 2011"

Aston University, Press Release - 27 April 2011:
"Entrepreneurs adjust to new funding era"

Aston University, Press release - 17 March 2011:
"TV helping promote entrepreneurship as a career"

Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) - 14 March 2011:
Professor Mark Hart's report on the impact of the media on entrepreneurial intentions and actions using GEM UK data

Daily Telegraph - 3 January 2010:
"Female enterprise rates stood at 3.6% of the adult population, according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor"

University of Strathclyde, Press Release:
"Business start-up attempts drop in wealthiest countries"


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

We are currently supported by NatWest, BEIS, Welsh Government, Department for the Economy in NI and the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.