Global Entrepreneurship Index Maps Current State of Entrepreneurship in 130 Countries

Industry: Entrepreneurs

Data shows world at 52% entrepreneurial capacity, ranks countries and powers policy discussions during Global Entrepreneurship Week

Washington, DC (PRUnderground) November 17th, 2014

The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI), released today by the Global Entrepreneurship Network in partnership with the GEDI Institute, shows that entrepreneurship is generally on the rise around the world but that there is much room for growth.

The GEI, measuring the entrepreneurial ecosystems in 130 countries—from Albania to Zambia—measures global entrepreneurial capacity at 52%. It is being launched at policy summits and roundtable discussions around the world as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“There is a rapidly growing demand from startup communities and policymakers alike to help new firms start and scale,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. “This Index identifies each country’s unique challenges and serves as a compass for prescribing the most effective interventions.”

The report provides a detailed look at the entrepreneurial ecosystem of nations by combining individual data such as opportunity recognition and risk perception with institutional components like the depth of capital markets, globalization and spending on research and development.

The United States tops the list of countries, followed by (in order): Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Taiwan, Switzerland and Singapore.

The Index has found that entrepreneurship tends to be higher in richer countries and that different regions face very different challenges and priorities in growing their ecosystems. These are important findings for policymakers as it suggests that there is no one optimal policy approach that will work everywhere.

“While effective entrepreneurs, those able to seize new opportunities, contribute to sustainable growth all over the world,” said Zoltan Acs, the founder and president of the GEDI Institute, the results of our work, compiled in the GEI, reflect that how countries go about providing an environment in which their citizens’ are able to innovate and iterate new products, services and processes varies from region to region and country to country. We specifically designed the GEI to serve countries across the globe as a guide for mapping out their own approaches to strengthening their national systems of entrepreneurship.”

National-level entrepreneurship is defined as the dynamic, institutionally embedded interaction between entrepreneurial attitudes, entrepreneurial abilities, and entrepreneurial aspirations by individuals, which drives the allocation of resources through the creation and operation of new ventures.

Policy-driven events featuring discussions about the Index and its findings include: Athens, Greece; Cairo, Egypt; Frankfurt, Germany; Gaborone, Botswana; Jakarta, Indonesia; London, England; Lusaka, Zambia; Nicosia, Cyprus; Prague, Czech Republic; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Sofia, Bulgaria; and more.

The report is available for download from and


About The GEDI Institute

The GEDI Institute is a non-profit organization that advances research on links between entrepreneurship, economic development and prosperity. The Institute was founded by world-leading entrepreneurship scholars from the George Mason University, University of Pécs and Imperial College London. The flagship project of the Institute is the Global Entrepreneurship Index, a breakthrough advance in measuring the quality and dynamics of entrepreneurship ecosystems at a national and regional level. The GEI methodology has been validated in rigorous academic peer reviews and has been widely reported in media, including in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Forbes.

About Global Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)  operates a platform of projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration through initiatives engaging entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. For details on the programs and initiatives that make up GEN, visit and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

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