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Entrepreneurship and therefore "the entrepreneur", is at the core of what makes an enterprise succeed, whether you call it an entrepreneurial firm, a small business, a family business, a home-based business, or a new business.This page provides a guide to the best sites on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship development and should be of interest to existing and potential entrepreneurs, and to those who train or educate entrepreneurs.

FrançaisLast updated December 10th 2012

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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project is an annual assessment of the entrepreneurial activity, aspirations and attitudes of individuals in more than 85 countries. GEM explores the role of entrepreneurship in national economic growth, unveiling detailed national features and characteristics, and suggesting policies that may enhance the national level of entrepreneurial activity. Full global reports for each participating country can be downloaded as well as a National Summaries report. Truly excellent site. Do not miss the 2011 GEM Global Report Extended and also the Special Reports on High Impact Entrepreneurship (2011) and the GEM Report on Women (2010).

Entre World: A World of Resources for Entrepreneurs
EntreWorld is an online information resource for entrepreneurs and supporters of entrepreneurship. EntreWorld provides a solution to information overload on the Web by providing information coded by stage of business development. An excellent site.

Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education
The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education champions entrepreneurship education and provides advocacy, leadership, networking, technical assistance, and resources nationally across all levels and disciplines of education, promoting quality practices and programs. The site provides materials and resources for teachers, instructors, program developers and others who help students of all ages find their own entrepreneurial opportunities. Excellent and very rich site which you should not hesitate to explore in depth. Do not miss their Career Resource Center and the 2009 report: «Think Entrepreneurs: a Call for Action».

Kauffman Foundation
The Kauffman Foundation is the largest American foundation to focus on entrepreneurship and has more than fifteen years of experience in the field. The site is divided in four sections: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Education and Research & Policy, Excellent and very rich site. Do not miss the 2011 Kauffman Thoughtbook, the Startup Act and the report « Rules for Growth: Promoting Innovation and Growth Through Legal Reform ».

Knowledge Web on SMEs and Entrepreneurship
This website has been developed by EIM, an independent research and consultancy organisation based in the Netherlands which carries out a long term research program on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Extremely rich and interesting site which includes more than 200 reports (in English). Do not miss the book on International Entrepreneurship and the report « A conceptual overview of What We Know About Social Entrepreneurship ».

OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development
The OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development acts as a catalyst, increasing synergies between different areas of expertise, and raising the profile of OECD work on entrepreneurship. It is charged with disseminating best practices on the design, implementation and evaluation of initiatives to promote entrepreneurship, SME growth and local economic and employment development. Excellent site with a very rich documentation section. Do not miss the OECD Bologna process on SME & Entrepreneurship Policies, and more particularly the report « The Impact of the Global Crisis on SMEs and Entrepreneurship Financing and Policy Responses».

In addition to going directly to the topic of your choice, or exploring the site on a geographical basis, you can also click on the What's New image on the left. This will lead you to a list of the recently added sites. On average 15/20 new sites are reviewed each month. Do not forget to send us your suggestions.
EUROPA Promoting Entrepreneurship
The European Commission's objective is to promote successful entrepreneurship and to improve the business environment for SMEs, to allow them to meet the challenges faced in today's knowledge-based economy to realise their full potential. This page on promoting entrepreneurship and SMEs presents their policy framework and corresponding action plan. The Small Business Act and the referenced documents on Education and Entrepreneurship are particularly interesting.

My Own Business
My Own Business is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free training and resources to aspiring entrepreneurs. Their website includes a free, complete and in-depth online course on starting up a business. The site now includes a new course "Building My Own Business" designed to help business owners take their business to the next level. Excellent site. Although the course is free, you have to pay if you would like a textbook version or a completion certificate.

Agence Pour la Création d'Entreprises (APCE)
As part of the french government national policy for enterprise creation, the Agence Pour la Création d'Entreprises (APCE)'s mandate is to ensure entrepreneurship development through the promotion of new enterprises. Excellent site for those interested in enterprise creation. Do not miss the Toolbox which unfortunately is not directly available from the main entry page.

Babson College
Babson College defines itself as the educator for entrepreneurship of all kinds and was the first to understand that thinking and acting entrepreneurially is more than just an inclination. They invented the methodology for entrepreneurship education nearly half a century ago. Excellent and very rich site with the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership. Do not miss the Horn Library and its sections on Frontiers of Entrepreneurial Research and the STEP project for Family Enterprising.

Lester Center for Entrepreneurship
The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship is the primary locus at Berkeley for the study and promotion of entrepreneurship and new enterprise development. Their site includes the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum and a section on Entrepreneurial Best Practice Studies. Interesting site. Do not miss the Intel Global Challenge where the best engineers and scientists present how they plan to make the world a better place through their innovations and entrepreneurial skills.

Franchisedirect
Claiming to be the leading online resource for franchise opportunities and the knowledge center of choice for anyone seeking information on the franchise industry, this site is probably one of the best sites to look at when exploring franchise opportunities, especially with regards to the sheer number of franchise possibilities identified. Very good site presenting a lot of free information. However, in looking at franchise opportunities one should never forget to ask oneself whether the proposed business is better for the franchisor or the franchisee.

International Entrepreneurship
Created by two renowned entrepreneurship educators, this site on International Entrepreneurship is in fact a portal leading to either other web sites dealing with entrepreneurship or directly to articles on specific issues. Despite the somewhat heavy focus on marketing the creators' new book, this is a very good site which stands out because of rarely found features such as the large section on entrepreneurship ressources by country or the section on women entrepreneurs. Do not miss either the blog on entrepreneurship.

EWEB: The Entrepreneurship Website of SLU/JSCES
The Saint Louis University site on resources for entrepreneurship education is definitely one of the earliest web site dealing with entrepreneurship education and was for a long time one of the best, providing in particular access to How-To Guides for Entrepreneurs. Their site and overall approach appears to have changed somewhat, focusing mostly now on giving details on their courses and competitions. Still a very good site. Do not miss the Connect section which provides access to useful resources, in particular the list of Ph.D programs in Entrepreneurship in North American and European Universities.

Do not miss the opportunity to explore the other sections of ENTERWeb by clicking on the Menu on the left. You will then be able to visit the most popular sections such as Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics, Knowledge Economy, Globalization, Women and also the new sections on Social Media and Culture and Business.
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
Situated within Lancaster University Management School, one of the UK's leading business schools, the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (IEED) undertakes work in the fields of entrepreneurship research, education and business support. Of particular interest is their research on entrepreneurial learning and family business. Very good and interesting site. Do not miss the Institute Working Papers Collection and the case studies on family business.

Canadian Youth Business Foundation
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (Youth Business) is a non-profit, private-sector initiative designed to provide mentoring, business support and lending to young Canadian entrepreneurs who are creating new businesses. This site has very much improved since its creation and now includes very good resources links (although very much focused on Canada)

OCRI Entrepreneurship Centre
The Entrepreneurship Centre is an initiative of OCRI ( Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation) a partnership organization between business, education and government. It is dedicated to helping Ottawa entrepreneurs make educated decisions about starting and growing their businesses.The services provided are divided in three main areas: thinking of starting a business, starting a new business, up and growing an existing business. Very useful site even though it is focused mostly on Ottawa entrepreneurs. Do not miss the frequently asked questions and the free business tutorials.

Réseau Entrepreneuriat
The "Réseau Entrepreneuriat " is an university network from "Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)" regrouping more than fifty researchers from various francophone universities and business schools in fifteen countries. Its site enables to disseminate information on the network activities. Do not miss the section on documents, the list of entrepreneurship links and most of all the very good "guide de l'entrepreneuriat" which can be downloaded (mostly interesting for Quebec residents).

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Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Student's Survey
The Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Student's Survey (GUESS) is a research project about the context of Entrepreneurship. Its purpose is to grasp the entrepreneurial intent and activity of students using a geographical and temporal comparison. The project under the leadership of the Swiss Research Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen issues international reports (2011, 2008) and national reports for more than 20 countries. Very interesting reports particularly the national reports which highlight the importance of the entrepreneurial cultural acceptance within the various country educational systems.

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship is an academic department in Strathclyde Business School endowed by Sir Tom Hunter for the study, research and encouragement of entrepreneurship within Scotland. In addition to the section on the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor for Scotland and the UK, the most interesting part of the website is the section on Working Papers. I particularly liked the working papers on «Angel Investment Decision Making» and «Home Based Businesses».

Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
The primary goal of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship is to be the focal point for efforts to stimulate and support private and public entrepreneurship development in communities throughout Rural America. The site includes a library which provides interesting documents in addition to a number of entrepreneurship tools to help those in the field identify and support their entrepreneurs. Very interesting site. Do not miss the Rural Entrepreneurship News.

Fondation de l'Entrepreneurship
Since 1980, the "Fondation de l'Entrepreneurship" has been working towards two main goals: promoting entrepreneurship as the best means to settle the employment problem in Quebec, and producing educational tools for the benefit of entrepreneurs and the people who assist them. Interesting site. Do not miss the "Centre de documentation".

US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is the US affiliate of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). Its mission is to advance knowledge and foster business development through entrepreneurship education and research. Most of the information is available only to paid members with the exception of white papers which can be downloaded and which are very interesting. Do not miss either the section on Knowledge Resources and more particularly the Social Entrepreneurship subsection.

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
A social entrepreneur drives social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development, and similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as not-for-profit or for-profit companies. Interesting site. Do not miss the publications section and more particularly the Social Investment Manual.

Entrepreneuriat
This site, developed by Thierry Verstraete, is dedicated to research on entrepreneurship, mostly francophone, and includes resources useful for researchers working on various aspects of the entrepreneurship phenomena. Researchers in entrepreneurship will find lots of interesting material although a bit dated. Do not miss the section on links.

Youth Canada Starting Your Own Business
This Canadian site on self-employment for young people provides directions on where to go to find information on how to start your own business, obtain financial resources and prepare a business plan. Very useful but limited as two of the most helpful websites from Industry Canada namely the ebiz.enable website and the SME Direct website have been archived with no indication on where the archived information can be accessed.

Entrepreneurship Research Alliance
The Entrepreneurship Research Alliance (ERA) is a multi-disciplinary and multi-university research project based at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, British Columbia. Its objective is to understand why some firms grow while others stagnate or go out of business. The site includes quite a number of research papers and publications which can be downloaded.

Inventnet
The Inventors Network's objective is " to provide independent inventors worldwide with information and help them develop and market their inventions while warning them about the many pitfalls hidden on their path to success ". Despite the emphasis on selling books and software it is a somewhat useful site, particularly the section on patent search tutorial.

EDTEC Home Page
An Entrepreneurship Web Site focusing on Youth Entrepreneur Training. Of interest is the New Youth Entrepreneur Curriculum which is presented in twelve modules of which modules #1 and #7 can be freely previewed

Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (JDE)
Published by Syracuse University the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (JDE) provides a forum for the dissemination of descriptive, empirical, and theoretical research that focuses on issues concerning microenterprise development among economically disadvantaged groups. In developed nations, the economically disadvantaged are usually minorities and women, while in less developed nations the economically disadvantaged can be the majority of the population.An interesting initiative which has just started.

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