GEM INDIA Consortium is fully dedicated to evaluate the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the country and has been trying to involve other regional /state level leading institutions practicing entrepreneurship to broaden the base. There is no such team of researchers who have been trying to assess the entrepreneurship activity in the country especially at regional/state level.


Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) has emerged as the world's leading entrepreneurship study and the richest platform of entrepreneurship research.

The prestigious GEM Research Project was initiated in India by the N.S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at IIM-Bangalore in 2001. Following the successful accomplishment of GEM India research project 2001, it was again undertaken in 2002. Back then, the GEM Research model was in its nascent stage and the ‘Assessment of Entrepreneurial Activity’ in the country was a new concept. Prof. Mathew J. Manimala (NSRCEL-IIM-B) conducted GEM India survey during 2001 and 2002 under GEM Research Project; and delivered research work in the form of two annual reports.

Subsequently during 2006-08a team of Prof. I.M. Pandey, Prof. Ashutosh Bhupatkar and Prof. Janki Raman from the Pearl School of Business-Gurgaon conducted GEM India study. The surveys were conducted over three years and the data featured in GEM Global Report 2006, 2007 and 2008.However, the GEM India team could not publish the National Report during the same period. In the succeeding years (2008-2011)GEM India study was not undertaken.

In 2011, with an aim to continue with the GEM India Study, the heads of three leading institutions i.e. Dr. Dinesh Awasthi (Director, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India - Gandhinagar), Dr. Krishna Tanuku (Director, Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Indian School of Business , Hyderabad)and Dr.Bibek Banerjee (Director, Institute of Management Technology -Ghaziabad)alongwithDr. Vijay Vyas (Faculty, Portsmouth Business School, U.K.) and Prof. Mathew J. Manimala (NSRCEL, IIM-Bangalore) discussed the possibilities of forming GEM India Consortium 2012-15. Finally the three institutions i.e. EDI, ISB and IMT collaborated to form a National Level Consortium.

The Institutions signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the ‘GEM India Plus’ consortium was formed on 2nd February, 2012 for research over 3 years, i.e. 2012 to 2015. All three partners unanimously agreed to nominate Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India - EDI (Gandhinagar) as the Lead Institution and Prof. Sunil Shukla (Director, EDI) as the Team Leader.

As per the stipulated requirements, the ‘GEM India Plus’ consortium conducted research studies during 2012, 2013 and 2014. ‘The research results of the study conducted in 2013, featured in the GEM National Report-2013. The GEM National Report-2014 is under progress.

After three years, ‘GEM India Plus 2012-15’ consortium was reconstituted.

Three Institutions signed an MOU on 11th April 2015 at EDII-Gandhinagar for the next three annual GEM studies commencing from April 2015. The institutions agreed to fulfil GEM Annual Cycle and other obligations, in a time-bound manner, to suit GEM Global schedule.

This team could produce GEM India National Reports 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 (in press).

The present ‘GEM India Team’ comprises Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India - EDII (Gandhinagar). The institutions agreed to fulfil GEM Annual Cycle and other obligations, in a time-bound manner, to suit GEM Global schedule.

The present consortium also nominated EDII-Gandhinagar as the Lead Institution and the Secretariat of the GEM India Team. Prof. Sunil Shukla was designated as the National Team Leader.