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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.

2018/19 GEM Saudi Arabia Entrepreneurship Monitor

Report Highlights

The 2018/19 GEM Saudi Arabia survey represents the fifth 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). 

Here are some of the key findings of the 2018/19 GEM Saudi report:

  • Among Saudi Arabia’s working-age population (18-64 years), the majority of people (78%) believe that those who successfully start a new business enjoy a high level of social status and respect. Two-thirds consider starting a business a desirable career choice.  
  • Supporting these positive attitudes are the ease of starting a business (65%) and frequent representations of successful entrepreneurs in the media (71%), both of which increased by over 4 percentage points from the prior year. Media attention for entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia is among the highest in the MENA region.  
  • Most people in Saudi Arabia (79%) personally know an entrepreneur, and a majority see good opportunities around them for starting a business (76%), the highest rates on these indicators in the MENA region. 
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