4th Global Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Dates: 30 September – 2 October 2010

Venue: Imperial College London

Sponsors: UK~Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC), QinetiQ-EPSRC Chair in Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, George Mason University and Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies


This conference examined the following questions, pertinent to the study of entrepreneurship: How does entrepreneurship contribute to economic development? What should governments do to make their economies more entrepreneurial? Why are some countries more entrepreneurial than others? What drives entrepreneurship in different contexts? This high-level conference discussed the latest research evidence on these questions. The conference brought together researchers from all over the world to present and discuss their research findings and explore the implications of this research for economic strategies and policy practice. The conference provided a forum for entrepreneurship researchers, development professionals, policy practitioners and everyone interested in entrepreneurship.


Submissions were received on the following topics:

  • Entrepreneurship dynamics in stages of economic development
  • Culture and entrepreneurship
  • Economic institutions and entrepreneurship
  • Networking and entrepreneurship
  • Gender and entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Finance and entrepreneurship
  • Global entrepreneurship and development indicators

Global Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Over the past few years there has been active discussion regarding the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in economic development across the World. Organisations such as the OECD are paying increasing attention to this issue, and development economists are becoming increasingly active in exploring the role of entrepreneurship in economic development.

Three research conferences have been held drawing on Global Entrepreneurship Monitor data. The success of these events helped us to understand the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in economic growth and development. The first, in Berlin, focused on developed countries and the EU. The second, in Budapest, extended that to transition economies in Central Europe and the third, in Washington, D.C, focused on Latin America.

This fourth conference, in London, was a truly global event, focusing on cross-national studies that illuminate policy issues in Global Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development through combining GEM data with other cross-national databases.  Half of the countries in the world are now either developing or transition countries from South America, Asia, Africa, or the Middle East. The conference theme of Global Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development responded to this surge of interest.

The purpose of this conference was to further the understanding of entrepreneurship and economic development in different countries and global regions. An important objective of this conference was to deepen the research focus on developing countries and entrepreneurship. Differences in entrepreneurship, level and extent of economic development, and public policies were the central themes of this conference.