| Click for the Finfacts Ireland Portal Homepage |

Finfacts Business News Centre

Home 
 
 News
 Irish
 Irish Economy
 EU Economy
 US Economy
 UK Economy
 Global Economy
 International
 Property
 Innovation
 
 Analysis/Comment
 
 Asia Economy


Finfacts changes from 2015

RSS FEED


How to use our RSS feed

Follow Finfacts on Twitter

 
Web Finfacts

See Search Box lower down this column for searches of Finfacts news pages. Where there may be the odd special character missing from an older page, it's a problem that developed when Interactive Tools upgraded to a new content management system.

Welcome

Finfacts is Ireland's leading business information site and you are in its business news section.

Links

Finfacts Homepage

Irish Share Prices

Euribor Daily Rates

Global Cost of Living

Irish Tax - Income/Corporate

 

Feedback

 

Content Management by interactivetools.com.

News : Innovation Last Updated: Jan 7, 2015 - 10:43 AM


Global Entrepreneurship 2015: Ireland in 12th rank in Europe, 17th in world for business startups
By Michael Hennigan, Finfacts founder and editor
Nov 23, 2014 - 6:02 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Global Entrepreneurship 2015: Ireland has got a 12th rank in Europe and 17th place in the world for business startups according to a report and global index, which was published this week. Meanwhile the UK has been ranked as the best location of 22 countries in Europe for starting a business and 4th in the world among 130 countries with the US, Canada and Australia in the lead.

The 2015 edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI)—which measures the quality and scale of small-business startup activity—was released to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week and the Global Entrepreneurship Network together with the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI Institute) partnered on the research of the index—access the 10mb pdf report here after input of name and e-mail address.

Countries are ranked on 14 "pillars," from the level of startup support available to the effects of industry competition and the availability of trained staff.

Anglo-Saxon, Nordic, and Western European countries in the innovation-driven stage of development are in the front ranks. The United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom lead the rankings. The big surprise is the UK’s ranking in 4th place. Two of the five Nordic countries, Denmark and Sweden, are in the top ten, and Iceland and Finland are 11th and 14th, respectively—still a good performance. Taiwan, the highest ranked Asian country, is in 8th place, and Singapore is 10th. The Netherlands at 13th it is still among the most entrepreneurial nations of the world and Switzerland is also a surprise ranking in 5th place.

Besides their high entrepreneurial performance, these countries also represent high levels of income.

Vince Cable, UK business secretary, said: "From building cutting-edge robots to designing satellites, British entrepreneurs succeed through combining innovation with strong business acumen.

"That is why despite tough economic times, we have jumped 10 places in just two years to be the number one enterprising nation in Europe. Our industrial strategy will continue this legacy by providing an environment where businesses can innovate and have confidence to invest in new ideas for long-term growth."

There was no comment from Richard Bruton, Irish enterprise minister, which means that the news wasn't viewed as good.

According to the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA) €314m was raised by Irish tech firms in the first nine months of 2014—up from €233m in the same period in 2013—but funding of startups fell to 5% compared with an early-stage funding ratio of 21% in 2013.

Erkki Audio is professor of technology venturing at Imperial College Business School, London, and an author of the GEI report says that there are many beliefs about what an ‘entrepreneurial culture’ looks like—but surprisingly few research-based facts. The most widely cited belief concerns individualism: individualist countries are thought to be more entrepreneurial than ‘collectivist’ countries. "But, due to lack of data and inappropriate research designs (which we will not go into here), there is little data to back up this belief. So, the question remains: how does national culture impact entrepreneurship?"

First, there is no one ‘best’ entrepreneurial culture. All cultures have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to unlocking entrepreneurship. The secret is knowing what to do in different cultures.

Second, individualist countries should not be complacent. Yes, they do have more entrepreneurs. But they are challenged to nudge their entrepreneurs to take more risks and pursue growth. Here, a little bit of societal risk sharing might help enhance the entrepreneurial dynamic.

Third, collectivist societies are not bad for entrepreneurship. In highly collectivist countries such as Japan or Sweden, if you get more people to start new businesses, the societal infrastructure and cultural norms will push these to seek growth. The challenge, then, is getting more people to try entrepreneurship. Promoting inspiring role models could therefore prove effective in such societies.

Any culture can nurture entrepreneurship. You just need to know what to do in your culture."

Dublin Web Summit 2014: Separating hype and reality - Research on tech startups, VCs' declining role, survival, policies, challenges in Ireland and elsewhere.

Research on 3,000 tech startups since 1980: Grow fast or die slow

Tech accelerators and their value in Ireland and elsewhere

Top 1% of entrepreneurial firms in 10 countries account for 40% of job creation among startups

Irish venture capital funding of startups in 2014 plunges to 5% of total

Web Summit 2014: VC funding this year led by US, China, Europe and Israel

Related Articles


© Copyright 2015 by Finfacts.ie

Top of Page

Innovation
Latest Headlines
Digital Taylorism: Amazon's chief rejects depiction of "soulless, dystopian workplace"
Most surviving startups do not grow; Tiny number powers jobs engine
Despite euro dip China & US remain most competitive manufacturing nations
Business startup rates up in most OECD countries led by Australia and UK
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet
Energy subsidies at 6.5% of global GDP; Commodity prices to remain weak
US startups rely on personal savings, debt; Venture capital funds less than 1%
Europe produces 13 $1bn+ "unicorn" startups in one year; London is Europe's digital capital
Irish-based firms raised €120m in VC funding in Q1 2015; Some top recipients Irish for tax purposes
Ireland: Fourth highest 25-34 year old ratio of third-level graduates in developed world: So what?
Business dynamism/ employer firm startups in US secular decline
Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015: Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany are on top
Education systems failing to provide students with skills for success in 21st century
US, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland have best higher education systems
Handbook of Service Innovation: Ireland moving up the value chain?
Switzerland revives silk industry that thrived for two centuries
Sales of Irish tech firms create 300 millionaires in 15 years and no scaleups
Apple warns of 'material' tax payments from EU's Irish tax investigation
Apple earnings surge 33% on higher price and iPhone sales jump in China
Big Pharma's internationalisation of R&D to China
The dangers of romanticising entrepreneurs despite key role
UK and Irish business R&D heavily reliant on foreign-owned firms
Silicon Valley and the development of the silicon microchip - Part 2
Ireland: Innovation with or without R&D/ scientific breakthroughs
UK government most open/ transparent in world; Ireland & Greece lowest ranking in Europe
10 questions about Switzerland's Solar Impulse aircraft – answered
Silicon Valley loses its silicon; Typical household income stagnates - Part 1
21st century skills are 18 century skills + a computer
Growing ICT sector in Europe accounts for 5% of employment
Should Ireland copy Singapore's scientific research investment plan?
Startups vs Scaleups: 4% of UK startups have 10+ employees 10 years later
Irish patent filings at European Patent Office fell in 2014
Facebook's maze of privacy settings maybe in breach of European law
Apple to invest €1.7bn in Irish and Danish data centres
Silicon Valley insider warns of dodgy $1bn valuations of private companies
Israel's Startup Nation not a jobs engine; Nor is Irish high tech
Established industries often beat new technology investment returns
Ireland: Noonan said EU to drop Apple tax case; Now expects court case
Irish R&D Tax Credit: No evidence of rising business innovation; Facts don't matter
Apple reports biggest profit of a public company in history