GEM, the largest study of entrepreneurial dynamics, provides a wealth of information that could help government policymakers and the business community better understand the key bottlenecks and opportunities for nurturing entrepreneurship, enterprise formation, and growth. The degree of innovation, competiveness, and growth expectation are studied, as is the social environment and its conduciveness to entrepreneurship.
This panel will showcase IDRC’s support to GEM in three regions: sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The three initiatives aim to provide an instrument to measure the role and development impact of entrepreneurship, inform public policy efforts, produce a baseline for setting policy targets, and enable monitoring of performance trends.
The Canadian perspective is included in the panel session. Discussions will touch on the relevance of the GEM methodology for the Canadian context and what is its value for the Canadian research and policy community.
The GEM studies' themes are:
- GEM Africa focuses on youth entrepreneurship and perceptions, aspirations, and practices of young entrepreneurs.
- Specific attention is paid to policies that promote high performance and high growth firms in the GEM MENA study.
- The Caribbean GEM project focuses on creative industries and social entrepreneurship.
The panelists are (full bios available on the CSPC website, see panel P25):
- Mike Herrington, Executive Director, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
- Peter Josty, Executive Director, The Centre for Innovation Studies
- Rodrigo Varela Villegas, Director, Center for the Development of the Entrepreneurial Spirit at Universidad Icesi
The panelists will also participate in launch events for the GEM Regional Report on Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean 2011 being hosted by Ryerson University’s School of Business in Toronto on November 8, 2012 and by the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management in Ottawa on November 9, 2012.