|There is wide consensus that a nation’s level of entrepreneurial activity significantly determines its economic development, competitiveness, level of employment and social prosperity. However, research on entrepreneurship has flourished only since the 1990s.
The Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) has been the Greek partner in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project since 2003. GEM is the only truly global research project, which studies entrepreneurship both from an intertemporal as well as a cross-national comparative perspective, through its annual surveys. Drawing upon its participation in GEM, IOBE founded in 2007 the Entrepreneurship Observatory with a dual objective:
a) to run surveys on aspects of entrepreneurship that are of particular interest in the Greek context, and
b) to produce policy papers that may contribute to the design of more effective measures for the promotion of entrepreneurship in Greece.