Founded by the Kauffman Foundation, Endeavor Insight and the World Bank, the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) is a collaboration among the leading organizations that fund and conduct entrepreneurship research.
GERN is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), a collection of entrepreneurial support programs and initiatives operating in 160 countries comprised of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and policymakers intent upon setting their economies on growth-oriented trajectories through entrepreneurship.
GERN is dedicated to providing and aligning more robust evidence and research to inform smarter policies and programs to advance entrepreneurial activity and new firm formation.
- Defining tomorrow’s big unanswered questions and inspiring clusters of institutions and funders to pursue them;
- Aligning current research agendas and investments;
- Fostering research and data collaboration across national borders;
- Curating research resources both internally, among members, and externally, to broader communities on a global scale; and
- Providing feedback to GERN members on their methodologies and other research matters.
When government officials from countries across the globe gathered for the 2013 Startup Nations Summit, nearly every person who spoke expressed a desire to understand better whether their efforts to foster and support entrepreneurs were making a difference to their country—if at all. Research was not part of the official agenda, nor even an explicit topic of discussion. These leaders are part of a global movement to support entrepreneurship. One indication: 160 countries are now part of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, and organizations in all of those countries are intent upon strengthening their entrepreneurial ecosystems.
The need for more and better research on entrepreneurship has never been greater. Research has not kept pace with the global entrepreneurship movement. Although no entrepreneur needs an okay from an academic before starting a company, at a certain point the inadequacy of entrepreneurship research becomes an obstacle to continued progress in advancing entrepreneurship itself. Research translates enthusiasm for entrepreneurship into greater numbers of successful, growing firms. Research also provides insight into what policymakers can (and cannot) do to foster enabling entrepreneurial ecosystems; assesses whether a given program, public or private, is having an impact; and helps to establish the fundamental link between entrepreneurship and the development of human societies.
We created GERN to increase the quantity and quality of just this type of research.
We invite you to review GERN Membership Packet: