The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research program is an annual assessment of the national level of entrepreneurial activity. Because of the importance of entrepreneurial activity for national economies, entrepreneurship development is an essential area for policy makers, academics and educational institutes.

Starting as a partnership between London Business School and Babson College, GEM started in 1999 with 10 countries in its research program. Since then, the consortium has been continuously growing and GEM 2009 is now set to conduct research in 56 countries. More information about the GEM Consortium and its member countries can be found on

Vision & Values

The aim of GEM is to set international standards for social survey based research methodologies in entrepreneurship.

Three objectives can be identified in the working strategy of GEM:

  • To uncover factors determining the levels of entrepreneurial activity.
  • To identify policies that may enhance the levels of entrepreneurial activity.
  • To measure differences in the level of early stage entrepreneurial activity.

The ambition for the future 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.