GEDI Country Reports

Several country reports using the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) are available free of charge.

Click on country name to download the full GEDI report:


1. USA (GEDI 2011)


The United States appears among the top entrepreneurial economies and ranks third on the GEDI. It ranks 3rd out of 71 participating countries in the GEDI Index.  It performs very well on the aspirations subindex but lags somewhat on the attitudes and activity sub-indexes. At the pillar level, the United States is strong in startup skills, competition, and new technology but weak in cultural support, tech sector, and high-growth business. U.S. performance appears be stronger on institutional variables than on individual variables. The United States’ apparent weakness in the tech sector and its lack of cultural support for entrepreneurship, coupled with lack of high-growth business can be traced to a number of sources. Chief among these are the changing political environment and international volatility, the bursting of the tech sector bubble of the 1990s, the recent recession, and the improving performance of other counties. However, despite some drawbacks, U.S. performance on the index remains strong.

2. United Kingdom (GEDI 2012)

The United Kingdom is ranked 14th out of 79 participating countries in the GEDI 2012 Index. Read the entire report presented at the GEDI UK Country Report launch hosted by Imperial College London at the V& A Museum on April 24, 2012 in London.


3. United Kingdom (GEDI 2011)


The United Kingdom hosts one of the most developed and sophisticated entrepreneurial environments among the 71 participating countries in the GEDI Index. It received an overall ranking of 14 out of 71 countries.  It performs exceptionally strong in terms of entrepreneurial activity, implying a high start-up activity in the medium or high technology sector, initiated by educated entrepreneurs and launched because of opportunity motivations in a not too highly competitive environment. At the same time, the GEDI index highlights three weaker areas in the UK‟s entrepreneurial environment, which broadly relate to enterprise culture, innovation capacity and informal venture capital. We find evidence that government has long recognised the need for public intervention in these fields. In fact, tremendous progress has been made through the launch of a wide spectrum of initiatives over the past decade. However, despite all efforts, our analysis reveals considerable potential for improvement, which we attempt to conceptualise in form of actionable recommendations.

3. The Netherlands (GEDI 2011)


The Netherlands ranks 10th out of  71 participating countries in the GEDI index. It performs exceptionally strong in terms of entrepreneurial attitudes, implying a general attitude of the Dutch population towards recognizing opportunities, knowing entrepreneurs personally, attaching high status to entrepreneurs, accepting the risk associated with business startup, and possessing the skills required to successfully launching businesses. At the same time, the GEDI index highlights four relatively weak points for Dutch entrepreneurial performance, which broadly relate to firm growth, labour force, education system and innovation. We find evidence that the Dutch government has long recognised the need for public intervention in these fields. The GEDI Index reveals the specific areas where governmental intervention can be increased to improve entrepreneurial performance.