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The most ambitious research project on entrepreneurship globally

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) is a global consortium that conducts research on 66 global economies, covering 82% of the world’s GDP and 71% of its population.  GEM brings together over 400 researchers from across the globe and includes more than 100 institutions every year. The involvement of all these people and institutions makes GEM the largest study on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activities in the world.

2017/18 GEM Saudi Arabia Entrepreneurship Monitor

Report Highlights

The 2017/18 GEM Saudi Arabia survey represents the fourth year that GEM has tracked entrepreneurship across multiple phases and assessed the characteristics, motivations, and ambitions of entrepreneurs. The subsection below discuss selected major findings from the report. The GEM Saudi Arabian national team also collected opinions about components of the entrepreneurship ecosystem through a national experts’ survey (NES).

Societal Attitudes Toward Entrepreneurship

Results for 2017 show a slight increase over 2016 results in terms of 69.2% of the population believing that starting a new business correlates with a higher level of social status and respect. However, regarding the media and its depiction of entrepreneurship, it is still widely held — all be it slightly less so compared to 2016 results — that many businesses aim to solve social problems as their primary focus. Entrepreneurship is, in fact, viewed as a good career choice at a higher rate than in the USA.

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