The 2016 / 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report on Switzerland, supported by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), illustrates national differences in entrepreneurial activity between economies, revealing the factors that determine the nature and level of national entrepreneurial activity, and identifying policy implications for enhancing entrepreneurship in Switzerland. The GEM data complements already existing indicators of competitiveness and innovation.
The overall entrepreneurial framework conditions in Switzerland, along with those in the Netherlands, are generally better than those of other innovation-based economies included in the study. Switzerland achieves outstanding results in finance, commercial infrastructure, tertiary education, and knowledge and technology transfer, as well as in government programs.
Entrepreneurial Attitudes In the 2016 census, the perceived opportunities (41.4 %) to start a business are lower in Switzerland than in 2014 and 2015. Nordic countries (such as Sweden and Finland), Israel, Canada, Australia, Netherlands and the United States remain at the top when it comes to available opportunities. Switzerland shows, as in previous years, a rather high perception of capabilities (43.3 %) paired with a low fear of failure (31.2 %). While Switzerland’s perception of capabilities is at least as good as the European benchmark, it still lags behind that of United States, Canada or Australia inhabitants’.
Entrepreneurial intentions of Swiss inhabitants (7.9 %) are on a higher level than in 2015 but under the average (15.4 %) for innovationdriven economies. Most remarkable are the differences compared to Korea Republic, Canada, Israel, Portugal, Australia or the United States. The findings related to entrepreneurial intentions shows that there is still a lack of entrepreneurial actions in Switzerland
About the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)
The School of Management Fribourg, member of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), in collaboration with the ETH Engineering School in Zurich and SUPSI Manno in Switzerland, collected data for the international Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). 3500 telephone interviews and 36 talks with experts revealed entrepreneurial attitudes, activities and aspirations, and identified the factors influencing the type and extent of the entrepreneurial activities.
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