GERN Field Reports


GERN organizes periodic conference calls among its members, observers, and guests on important, underexplored areas of entrepreneurship.  The one-hour "Field Reports" feature presentations and discussion by leaders from entrepreneurship support organizations including, academic institutions, foundations, research institutes, NGOs and corporations.

Below is a summary of the our past and upcoming Field Reports, with links to relevant materials, such as papers and PowerPoint presentations. If you would like to receive a calendar notification and dial-in information for future Field Report calls, please email asking to be added to the GERN community list.


October 10, 2018 | Women's Entrepreneurship


Kelly serves as the academic lead of the GERN Entrepreneurial Mindset Project. The recently completed South Africa study resulted in a nationally representative general population dataset on entrepreneurial mindset that can be disaggregated by gender, which makes this methodology different from anything else available. The methodology is up to the highest standards, has been peer reviewed a number of times, and was presented at the RENT Conference. It is ready to be replicated in other ecosystems. In South Africa, the study revealed distinct differences between men and women on several of the nine scales used. Factor structures are different among genders. 

  • Holland Gormley, Women’s Bureau, US Department of Labor

The Women’s Bureau’s new Director, Patty Greene, has significant background in women’s entrepreneurship. In the coming year, the Women’s Bureau is pivoting towards to looking more at how women in entrepreneurship affects the labor market.The team is working with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department on an inter-agency initiative, with announcements expected around March 2019. In the meantime, the data and statistics page offers a lot of data disaggregated by gender.

  • David Halabisky and Naima Smaini, OECD's Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

The OECD offers several policy tools for women’s entrepreneurship, which include an online, perception-based tool just launched this week to reflect on support offers for women entrepreneurs and other groups such as youth. Policymakers can use this tool to engage in dialogue with stakeholders. Earlier in the year, the OECD published a policy brief on women’s entrepreneurship, which gives an overview of key trends and recent policy instruments. In addition, the bi-annual book series called Missing Entrepreneurs always includes a chapter on women’s entrepreneurship, with data.  In terms of country-specific work, the OECD has recently worked with governments in Germany and Ireland on policy reviews focused on women’s entrepreneurship. In 2012, OECD members and some non-member countries adhered to Gender Recommendations which covered entrepreneurship. To review progress on these recommendations, The Pursuit of Gender Equality was published in 2017. Looking ahead, the OECD is exploring including gender-disaggregated data in its flagship publication, the OECD Scoreboard on Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs.

  • Genevieve Kebe and Ezana Woldegeorgise, African Development Bank (AfDB)

The Affirmative Financing Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) is part of a larger Gender Department at the Bank with specialists covering all regions in the continent. AFAWA is focused on expanding access to finance for women in Africa, via technical assistance both to financial institutions and end users (borrowers). AFAWA also has a mandate to help improve the policy enabling environment, for which it works closely with government agencies. AfDB is working to develop a risk-sharing platform that would insure/guarantee loans (30% to 70% of value) made to women entrepreneurs. The goal is to catalyze the market for credit to women.

  • Heather Kipnis, Gender Secretariat at the International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The IFC is addressing women’s economic participation across 5 “Cs”: capital, confidence, community, connections, contracts. IFC works through intermediaries – large corporates, financial institutions, funds. IFC’s “Banking on Women” program,for example, provides advisory services to financial institutions. IFC is also working on expanding its ecosystem-building work, by looking at regulatory frameworks, and by guiding incubators and accelerators and generating data on what works and what doesn’t in getting more women to successfully graduate from these programs and obtain early-stage financing. On the access side, IFC works on analyzing financial and non-financial solutions to expand access of women in value chains as suppliers, distributors, retailers. In the area of research, IFC is currently looking at private equity and venture capital (VC) data, and the correlation between the gender diversity in fund management leadership roles and their performance. IFC also has a growing body of evidence via the Business Case for Investing in Women report. More information at

  • Yuko Hirose and Lilly Yu, Sasakawa Peace Foundation | Japan (SPF)

SPF’s gender team recently launched the Asian Women’s Impact Fund, a 100-million dollar found carved out of the Foundation’s endowment. Using the proceeds from that fund, SPF is able to do grant-based programming to support women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia. SPF’s recent research has focused mainly on ICT as an enabler for women to gain access to the resources they need to grow their businesses (e.g. Growing Women's Entrepreneurship Through ICT in Southeast Asia). Other research includes bottom-up studies of human-centered design workshops where women entrepreneurs engaged in co-designing IT solutions in Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand. Two other research projects include country-level assessments of ecosystems using ILO’s Women’s Entrepreneurship framework. The Foundation is also deep-diving how entrepreneurship generates gender impact, in partnership with Oxfam. SPF will soonlaunch an Award called Gender 50 to select 50 entrepreneurs generating gender impact. Looking ahead, SPF is moving into supporting ecosystem-building capacity in Southeast Asia, and in that regard, it is developing a gender-lens incubation and acceleration practitioners toolkit. This will include an analysis of evidence-based approaches. 

The Billion Dollar Fund is a new initiative that is being launched this week in Bali at the World Bank Annual Meeting. At the annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank in Washington last year, a group was challenged to explore if it is possible to raise blended finance for the implementation of the SDGs, and SDG 5 in particular. The resulting Billion Dollar Fund is a global consortium of venture funds and donors. It has received $470 million in pledges from private equity funds before its official launch in Bali in front of some of the most important institutional investors in the world. The Fund will be invested exclusively in women-owned firms.  

  • Matt Guttentag, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

ANDE leads the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), which collects data on entrepreneurs who have applied to an accelerator since 2013. The GALI dataset includes about 14,000 different ventures that have applied to 178 accelerator programs in approximately 150 countries. The longitudinal dataset allows the GALI team to compare ventures that go through accelerators and those that applied but were not accelerated. GALI has published three major reports and data summaries, but have yet to report on gender specifically. Nevertheless, they see data trends that indicate women founders have difficulty getting equity funding even when they are more profitable. Women are underrepresented in patent holding ventures - perhaps due to systemic bias. The dataset is available for further research and ANDE is open to partnerships.

Supported by George Mason University and the Kauffman Foundation, Gender Metrics is a set of projects that examine women’s access to venture funding. As a whole, it aims to provide more transparency into how women founders are being funded by the VC industry in the United States. Investors currently don’t have easy access to detailed information on whether any given portfolio actually invests in women-led businesses. The project has several goals. One is to collect data via novel web-based methodologies, taking information directly from the web, from funded portfolio companies and from the leadership within VC firms. The second goal is to expand the concept of leadership, by collecting data beyond the head count of women in founding teams of the portfolio or women partners at the VC company, to determine how well represented women are in other senior leadership positions within the companies and the VC firms. The team is using this data to develop a scoring metric to compare VC-funded portfolios with one another, so that investors can evaluate them in a standardized way to inform their investment decisions. 


July 10, 2018 | Accelerator Data from Around the World: The GALI Database


  • Professor Peter Roberts, Emory University


Prof. Peter Roberts, the academic lead of the largest global accelerator database the Entrepreneurship Database Program (EDP), led an overview of GALI analysis of data from more than 13,500 of early-stage ventures that applied to more than 200 accelerator programs around the world. The data collection infrastructure led to the creation of the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), the world’s largest longitudinal entrepreneurship acceleration research effort, conducted in partnership with ANDE, USAID, Omidyar Network, Lemelson Foundation and the Argidius Foundation.

During the discussion, GERN members provided input into how GALI can partner with entrepreneur support programs across the globe to collect data and track venture progress over time. This data is used to track and validate program impact, produce sector-level research and release anonymized data for further studies. 


February 21, 2018 | Data for Entrepreneurs


  • Emeka Okafor, curator at TEDGlobal and Maker Faire Africa
  • Olawale Anifowose and Wale Ajiboye, GEN Nigeria Team


GERN is committed to research projects that address entrepreneurs’ needs. During last year’s GERN Annual Meeting in Johannesburg, some members advanced a radical idea: What if GERN were to focus at least as much attention on data and analytics for entrepreneurs as we have on data and analytics about entrepreneurs. In the months since our meeting we have discussed this idea with a number of you—considering how crowdsourcing, the Internet of Things, Blockchain, and other emerging technologies might create new opportunities for gathering and sharing data that would be immediately useful to entrepreneurs working in the most challenging but high-potential places around the world. For our upcoming  call, we are delighted to have the opportunity to discuss the topic with Emeka Okafor, curator of TED Global and Maker Faire Africa. Emeka has tracked technology trends and entrepreneurship on the African continent throughout his career. Following Emeka, we are equally pleased to be joined by our GEN Nigeria Team, Olawale Anifowose and Wale Ajiboye. They will offer their perspective on how GEN in-country teams can take the lead in creating new data resources for entrepreneurs. For more context, please see the full announcement.


January 31, 2018 | Kauffman’s New Director for Research; GERN Roadmap for 2018; Inclusive Ecosystems


  • Prof. Sameeksha (Samee) Desai, Kauffman’s Foundation


On this call, we introduced the GERN community to Prof. Samee Desai, the Kauffman’s Foundation's new director of knowledge creation and research. Prof. Desai shared her perspective on "Harnessing Research to Empower Entrepreneurs, Policymakers and other Stakeholders" as it relates to the Kauffman Foundation's "zero barriers" theme. Prof. Desai also gave an overview of the recently released version 1.0 of "Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building Playbook" and the role of research in informing future versions. 

On the call, we also resumed our conversations about the 2018 GERN research roadmap (see GERN Announces Priority Research Questions). We focused in particular on “Ensuring the Inclusiveness of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems,” discussing among participants about potential collaborative projects that could provide solid evidence to help ecosystem support organizations address this area. 


August 21, 2017 | Key Ecosystem Stakeholders' Research Priorities


GERN presented critical knowledge gaps and priority research opportunities emerging from its 2016-2017 crowdsourcing activities. These included bottom-up processes to learn from key ecosystem stakeholders – entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and other entrepreneurship leaders – in what areas they seek evidence-based solutions and recommendations. Crowdsourcing was conducted in a variety of ways, including multi-stakeholder brainstorming and facilitated design thinking sessions, which involved more than 2,000 people from 171 countries.

Based on the wealth of information and insights they provided on roadblocks, bottlenecks, and gaps to building ecosystems that more effectively foster startup creation and growth, GERN members then discussed priorities for working cooperatively and/or collaboratively in addressing the distilled areas.  For more information, see, GERN Announces Priority Research Questions.


May 31, 2017 | World Bank Flagship Study: High-Growth Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries


  • Ganesh Rasagam, The World Bank Group
  • Fiorina Mugione, UNCTAD


Phil Auerswald conducted an extensive interview with Ganesh Rasagam, who leads the Bank’s team studying High-Growth Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries. The Flagship Project examines the prevalence and characteristics of high-growth firms in emerging economies, attributes of the firm and the entrepreneur or founder team, business environments, and a variety of other factors including the role of foreign direct investment and spillovers/linkages and agglomeration effects. Ganesh described how the team is assessing the effectiveness of policies aimed at boosting entrepreneurship by providing targeted support to high growth firms. Mugione followed with an update on UNCTAD’s entrepreneurship initiatives and technical assistance in 39 developing countries. For more information, see, Dispelling the Myth that High-Growth Firms Exist Only in Advanced Economies.


April 26, 2017 | Africa: Entrepreneurship Programs & Initiatives + The Code Economy


  • Natasha Kapil, The World Bank Group
  • Emanuele Santi, Africa Development Bank
  • Funmi Obileye, Tony Elumelu Foundation
  • Phil Auerswald, GERN


GERN organized this discussion to facilitate information sharing and cooperation around programs aimed at boosting entrepreneurship in Africa. After Kapil described the World Bank’s Africa XL program, Santi and Obileye discussed the programmatic priorities of the African Development Bank and the Tony Elumelu Foundation, respectively.

Following questions and more information sharing from GERN members engaged in Africa, Auerswald presented and overview of his recently released book: The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand Year History. This led to discussion of research opportunities and gaps complex dynamics of economic development as set out in the book.


February 22, 2017 | The Entrepreneurial Mindset Project | Update


  • Kelly Shaver, Founder, MindCette, LLC., Academic Lead
  • Immanuel Commarmond, Founder, MindState, Project Lead


The team developing the Global Entrepreneurial Mindset Project presented an overview of progress to date. In its initial South Africa phase, the study is supported by GERN and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (AGOF) . Shaver and Commarmond described the extensive literature review that underlies the study, the design principles for data collection, and the methodology that will be used to analyze and determine results.

The goal of the project is to create a robust, evidence-based methodology for measuring entrepreneurial mindset in a region or a country. With that in mind, the pioneering study will be tested in South Africa, and refined as necessary to ensure its replicability in other geographical settings.


January 25, 2017 | New Evidence & Models for Accelerators


  • Dave Moskovitz, R9 Government Accelerator, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wael Eldesouki, Arab Academy Supply Chain Accelerator, Cairo, Egypt
  • Genevieve Edens, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs Global Accelerator Learning Initiative 


In an intervew format, this call offered an overview of new frontiers in knowledge about accelerators. The R9 Accelerator in Wellington was launched to test new ways of sourcing and procuring innovative solutions to problems in government. It selects teams of creative innovators from the public and private sector to go through an in-residence accelerator. Utilzing a unique hybrid model, R9 cohorts include teams of public and private sector innovators participating in a three-month program. The Cairo-based supply chain accelerator offers its cohorts an industry education through its network of mentors, trainers, and consultants.

The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) is a research partnership organized to answer key questions related to accelerators, such as, "how do they work best?" and "are they best suited to the tech sector?" During the discussion, Edens described GALI's data collection methodology and how accelerators gain from participating in the project.


October 19, 2016 | User-based Methods for Identifying Entrepreneurship Research Priorities

Presenter: Jill Panetta, Co-Founder, InnoCentive; Amisha Miller, Kauffman Foundation


Entrepreneurship is a highly complex, inherently multidisciplinary field. As such, there is often little consensus about priorities within the broader entrepreneurship research community. Research is as much about framing the right questions as it is about uncovering answers. But, the right question from an academic perspective often does not provide the answer that practitioners and policymakers are urgently looking to apply in their work. The value of crowdsourcing questions from the wider entrepreneurship community is that GERN will be engaging practitioners while affirming that its members’ current focus is on the most important areas of inquiry.

One method for developing a comprehensive list of agreed research questions and priorities from the wider community is a process pioneered by Professor Bill Sutherland of Cambridge University. Involving a series of what he calls question prioritizing exercises, it has been adapted and used in a wide range of fields. For GERN, Sutherland provides a useful method for framing questions to better understand entrepreneurial dynamics – informing the field while pushing it forward.


September 14, 2016 | Digital Disruption + City Ecosystems

Presenter: Jarmo Eskelinen, Future Cities Catapult


Most of the world’s cities were settled by happenstance.  For most of history, the development of infrastructure (shelter, canals, roads, etc.) also happened without a grand plan, with new layers being built on top of the old; “and yet, cities are our most enduring human achievement,” said Jarmo Eskelinen, the Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at Future Cities Catapult.

Cities around the world are now growing bigger and faster than ever before. This explosive growth is occurring at the same time that new technologies – broadband connectivity, cloud computing, sensor networks, open data infrastructures – are unlocking massive streams of information about cities and their residents. Architects and urban planners are empowered to work smarter while entrepreneurs working at the intersection of urbanization and digitalization seek to adapt these technologies in novel ways. Three factors – legacy, speed and readiness – constain the ability of entrepreneurs to deploy new 'smart city' technologies.  “Building open, agile, and smart cities,” Eskelinen said, “raises many, as yet unanswered questions about data (some will have it in droves, others will struggle to obtain enough); security, privacy, and consent; open platforms; and new digital ecosystems.”  In seeking to develop frameworks for studying such questions, GERN’s members are at the cutting edge of the future – already here for some and arriving with accelerating speed across the globe.



August 10, 2016 | Entrepreneurial Mindset & Education: Toward a New Approach


  • Dr. Kelly Shaver, Founder, MindCette, LLC.
  • Dr. Kåre Moberg, Senior Researcher, Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship
  • Immanuel Commarmond, Founder, MindState
  • Fredell Jacobs, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
  • Yoosef Ghahreman, GERN

Description: As global interest of entrepreneurial mindset and education has increased in recent years, GERN is helping to create a preliminary framework of a pilot research study in South Africa, which can be replicated elsewhere.  This discussion was designed to inform the effort and, in particular, identify the most relevant questions to guide data collection efforts central to the study.  Professor Shaver, a preeminent scholar on the behavioral and social determinants of entrepreneurship, was instrumental in developing the “Panel Studies of Entrepreneurial Dynamics” (PSED) – the only nationally representative sample reflecting the firm creation process.  These longitudinal surveys of U.S.-based individuals who are in the process of starting businesses capture data about nascent entrepreneurs and play a significant role in advancing knowledge in the entrepreneurship field. Prof. Shaver was joined by Dr. Moberg, who, after leading the development of entrepreneurship education at 14 universities in Denmark and Sweden, works with policymakers on assessing impact and developing new programs in this area.


July 13, 2016 | Urban Innovation: Leading U.S. Cities Driving Institutional Change


  • Morgan Gress, 1776
  • Michael Hendrix, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Description: Morgan Gress and Michael Hendrix gave an overview of the 1776 / U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Innovation That Matters study, which examines the state of “civic entrepreneurship” in eight U.S. cities: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The term “civic entrepreneurship” denotes the idea that when it comes to improving civic institutions such as schools, energy grids, healthcare systems, and local governments, startups in these sectors need a broad-based and collaborative approach that integrates them into the wider community of actors. The study began with the hypothesis that broad-based connectivity is a key ingredient for fostering successful civic entrepreneurship. The research team traveled the country to survey local civic entrepreneurs and compile data on the development of each city’s startup ecosystem by convening diverse groups of stakeholders in each industry – education, energy, health, and cities. Their analysis provides a useful framework of ecosystem development, which can inform all those leading entrepreneur-support initiatives.  For a more in-depth description of this discussion, see Innovation That Matters: Cities, Digitalization, and the Future Economy.


June 15, 2016 | Government Data Collection


  • Amisha Miller, Kauffman Foundation
  • Fiorina Mugione, UNCTAD
  • Mariarosa Lunati, OECD

Description:  The discussion focused on the types of data national policymakers can collect to measure the development of entrepreneurship by examining a draft Kauffman-OECD-UNCTAD whitepaper that reviews impact data, outcome measures, and their relation to sustainable development goals (SDGs). For a detailed description of this discussion, see the Government Data Infrastructure project description.


May 11, 2016 | Placing Accelerators in the Context of Their Ecosystems


  • Professor Susan Cohen, Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
  • Professor Brad Bernthal, University of Colorado Law School
  • Abigayle Davidson, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

Description:  In May 2016, entrepreneurship researchers and practitioners from around the world, including a number of GERN members, gathered to discuss the impact of accelerators at Emory University's Social Enterprise @ Goizueta Research Colloquium. The GERN discussion focused on updating members about new research and collaborations that help us better understand how, and when, accelerators contribute to better entrepreneurship outcomes.


Susan Cohen, Do Accelerators Accelerate: The role of Indirect Learning in New Venture Development


Brad Bernthal, Investment Accelerators

Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), What's Working in Startup Acceleration: Insights from Fifteen Village Capital Programs
For an in-depth presentation of the findings, see:

February 17, 2016 | Financial Services + Entrepreneurship


  • Mike Kubzansky, Omidyar Network Intellectual Capital
  • Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy at PayPal, Inc.

Description:  New innovations that utilize big data to assess early-stage startups are disrupting the financial services industry.  Recent studies by the Omidyar Network and PayPal, Inc., indicate that big data analysis can be used to successfully foster financial inclusion.  The findings of surveys of credit consumers conducted by Omidyar in Colombia and Kenya and internal PayPal market research indicate that new lending models can fill funding gaps and accelerate new firm formation.  GERN members discussed various ways to build upon these studies through a wider and more in-depth research study.


Omidyar Network, Big Data, Small Credit: The Digital Revolution and its Impact on Emerging Market Consumers,%20Small%20Credit%20Report%202015/BDSC_Digital%20Final_RV.pdf

Usman Ahmed, Filling the Gap: How Technology Enables Access to Financing for Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises


January 20, 2016 | Critical Components of Thriving Entrepreneurial Cities


  • Luis Bettencourt, Santa Fe Institute
  • Mariano Mayer, Argentina's National Secretary of Entrepreneurs & Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Victor Mulas, World Bank Group

Description:  Many governments around the world now seek to advance job creation through innovation and entrepreneurship – a break from the past paradigm of the state as employer-in-chief.  To address many pressing challenges and set in motion virtuous cycles, new government initiatives include secondary and higher education programs aimed at developing an entrepreneurial mindset and infrastructure projects to build thriving entrepreneurial cities. Recent research into cities as systems has illuminated many interdependent social, economic, and spatial facets and captured the complex balancing of socioeconomic outputs and infrastructure costs that apply across urban centers regardless of scale.  Members participating in this call discussed a variety of possible joint studies that would build upon this body of work and strengthening understanding of the necessary inputs required to develop more vibrant cities that enhance well-being and entrepreneurial dynamism. 


Victor Mulas, Innovation Within Cities

Luis Bettencourt, The City as a System for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

See attached below.


December 16, 2015 | The Impact of Digital Platforms on Entrepreneurship


  • Robin Chase, Co-founder, ZipCar
  • Usman Ahmed, PayPay, Inc.

Description:  See the January 6 GEN Newsletter.


Robin Chase, Peers Inc. Presentation


November 18, 2015 | Assessing the Impact of Innovative Policy Experiments

Presenter: Amira Choueiki, U.S. General Service Administration 

Description:  In the lead up the Startup Nations Summit in Monterry, Mexico, GERN discussed the need for studies assessing the impact of policy experiments aimed at fostering and supporting entrepreneurs.  As governments increasingly plan and adopt policies that incentivize entrepreneurial activity, the need to assess how well these are implemented becomes more acute.  Incumbent upon researchers is to look beyond outcomes to determine whether policy failures are due to poor implementation, ensuring that policymakers in other cities or countries are properly informed about which innovations may hold promise for addressing gaps and bottlenecks in their ecosystem.


Donald Berwick, The Science of Improvement

Kathy Stack, Practical Nudges, The Future of Citizen Interaction

Sharique Hasan, How Can Field Experiments Improve Entrepreneurship Policy?

Lant Pritchett, et. al., It's All About MeE: Using Structured Experiential Learning ("e") to Crawl the Design Space


October 14, 2015 | The Features of Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development

Presenter: Professor Daniel Isenberg, Babson College

Description:  Critical discussion of the "entrepreneurial ecosystem" metaphor, consideration of its advantages and potential limitations as a guide to policy and action aimed at inclusive growth.  Increasingly in the past two to three years, governments and non-governmental grant-making organizations have been motivating their support for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship by talking about entrepreneurial "ecosystems."  The Kauffman Foundation has released two reports on entrepreneurial ecosystems, linked below.  In parallel, many actors have increasingly focused upon addressing the divergence of economic outcomes that has occurred in many (though certainly not all) countries globally in the last decade, even as median wellbeing has improved.  This has led to a shift of focus from growth to inclusive growth.


Dane Stangler and Jordan Bell-Masterson, Measuring an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, offers 12 indicators and their sources for measuring the outcomes and vibrancy of a local entrepreneurial ecosystem

Philip Auerswald, Enabling Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, takes the metaphor of the “ecosystem” seriously, seeking to draw lessons from evolutionary biology and ecology to inform policy for entrepreneurship

Daniel Isenberg, What an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Actually Is

Daniel Isenberg, The Right Way to Plan an Innovation Tour

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong and Yasar Jarrar, Inclusive Growth in the Middle East and Africa: The Challenge of Transforming Demographic Burden to Dividends, Mastercard Knowledge Leadership Series

Linda Rottenberg, How Entrepreneurship Boosts Inclusive Growth, World Economic Forum Agenda


September 16, 2015 | Launch of a World Bank Flagship Study: The Factors that Support High-Growth Firms in Developing Countries


  • Ellen Olafsen, The World Bank Group
  • Xavier Cirera, The World Bank Group

Description:  Thanks to the efforts of the research community broadly, and the Kauffman Foundation in particular, policy-makers around the world are today far more aware than a decade ago of the fundamental difference between entrepreneurial startups and "small businesses" (or SMEs) and of the particularly important economic role played by high-growth firms.  However, with the global landscape of technology, innovation, and opportunity creation shifting rapidly, it is worth asking: How do we update our understanding of the nature of high-growth firms, the role that they play in the economy, and the array of policies and institutions that support them?  During this call, GERN discussed this question, with reference to its members' joint projects and Kauffman Foundation's New Entrepreneurial Growth Initiative, and offered input about research parameters to its member, the World Bank Group, as it planned a new study on the topic.


Kauffman Foundation at SXSW, Four Insights from the Fastest Growing Companies in America

Alex Coad, et. al., High-Growth Firms: Introduction to the Special Section," Industrial and Corporate Change, Volume 23, Number 1, pp. 91–112

E.J. Reedy, Making Entrepreneurial Growth Vibrant Again

Cato Institute, The Future of U.S. Economic Growth - Panel 3: Is Economic Dynamism in Decline?