The Centre for Innovation Studies

The Centre for Innovation Studies

June 17, 2014 16:00 ET

Alberta is the Most Entrepreneurial Province in Canada

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 17, 2014) -

The rate of entrepreneurship in Alberta is 50% higher than the national average, a new report shows.

The 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Alberta Report - issued by the Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS) - also found that most entrepreneurship focuses on business to business services.

"Entrepreneurs are innovators who fuel economic growth," explains Peter Josty, Executive Director, The Centre for Innovation Studies and Leader, GEM Canada team. "Today's report shows that Alberta is an exceptionally entrepreneurial place."

Highlights include:

  • Holders of post-secondary degrees exhibit the highest rate of entrepreneurship.
  • The age group that is most entrepreneurial is the 35-44 age group, followed closely by the 25-34 and 18-24 age group.
  • The rate of female entrepreneurship is the highest in Canada.
  • Manufacturing is the second most common type of entrepreneurship, after business to business services, followed by consumer services.

GEM is the world's largest and oldest international study of entrepreneurship. It compares Canada with 70 other countries. Seven Canadian provinces participated in GEM 2013.

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Contact Information

  • For information or media inquiries:
    Peter Josty
    Leader, GEM Canada team
    403-249-0191 O or 403-510-2699 C