SOURCE: Kauffman Foundation

November 12, 2008 10:39 ET

Tele-News Conference Media Advisory in Advance of Global Entrepreneurship Week: OECD and International Finance Corporation Present Kauffman Foundation-Funded Data on Entrepreneurship Across Globe

OECD Data Covers 18 Industrial Countries; World Bank Report Studies More Than 100 Nations; Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, 3 p.m. GMT

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) -


Increasing international interest by policy-makers and others in entrepreneurship has resulted in two new tools for country-level comparisons of entrepreneurship. Global organisations concerned with advancing entrepreneurship are jointly presenting their respective reports that establish entrepreneurship indicators in dozens of developing and industrial countries. The reports, funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a U.S.-based philanthropy dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship, provide insights into entrepreneurship across countries. The reports will be released less than one week before the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17 - 23, 2008, providing media with abundant new data on the status of entrepreneurship around the world.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Communities, will present their Entrepreneurship Indicators Program (EIP). The EIP establishes multiple internationally comparable indicators on entrepreneurial activity such as business entry, high-growth businesses in the economy and gazelle businesses -- "young and high-growth" -- in 18 OECD countries, based on information produced by national statistical offices according to internationally agreed definitions.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, presents the World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Survey (WBGES) 2008, which illustrates the importance of entrepreneurship for the dynamism of the modern economy. In its third year, the WBGES has new data about total and newly registered businesses in more than 100 industrial and developing countries.

Members of the media are invited to dial in and pose questions during this live tele-news conference, which will address:

--  Why it is important to make common comparisons of entrepreneurial
    activity from one nation to another.
--  How policy-makers can measure their countries' entrepreneurial
--  Steps countries can take to reduce barriers to starting and growing a
--  The differences and similarities in entrepreneurship across countries.
--  Why supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship and initiatives like
    Global Entrepreneurship Week is more important than ever in light of the
    current economic downturn.


Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, 3 p.m. GMT (Maximum duration: 30 - 45 minutes)


These speakers will briefly present the reports' findings and implications:

Robert Litan, vice president of Research & Policy, Kauffman Foundation

Tim Davis, head, accession statistics directorate, OECD

Leora Klapper, senior economist, Finance and Private Sector Development Research Group, The World Bank

Anders Hoffman, director of entrepreneurship and innovation policy, Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority

Greg Ericksen, global vice chairman, Strategic Growth Markets, Ernst & Young


Participants to dial + 1 347 284 6930 at 3 p.m. GMT

Participants will then be able to listen to the news conference. They can ask questions by pressing *1 on their telephone keypad which will record their question and place it in a queue to be forwarded to the commentators.

*** The news teleconference will be conducted in English only ***

Please contact Rossana or Laura to confirm attendance and submit advance questions or topics for discussion.

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