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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Launch

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK report – the world’s most authoritative study of entrepreneurial activity. 

At this event you will:

  • Hear from Professor Mark Hart about the latest survey data on entrepreneurial aspirations and attitudes in the UK, and how they compare with France, Germany and the United States.
  • Get an entrepreneur's perspective from Goncalo de Vasconcelos, founder and CEO of Syndicate Room.
  • Network with other entrepreneurs and experts in the UK's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Goncalo de Vasconcelos – Co-Founder & CEO, SyndicateRoom

A serial entrepreneur, Gonçalo graduated with an MBA from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge where he was awarded the ‘Best Dissertation’ prize and the Benavitch Scholarship for academic and professional achievements.

He has a vision of how to help great entrepreneurs fulfil their dreams and that vision is called SyndicateRoom. He is passionate about giving investors access to the top deals into which experienced business angels are investing their own money. This is what drives his vision for SyndicateRoom.

Gonçalo is also a contributor for Forbes, writing regularly about equity crowdfunding, business angel investment and venture capital investment and speaks regularly at public events about the same themes. In his spare time Gonçalo cycles long distances to raise money for charities (his last ride was from Cambridge to Paris), plays tennis and, when in warmer climates, sails with his wife whenever there is half a chance.

Professor Mark Hart – Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School & Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre

Professor Mark Hart leads the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme.  He is also Deputy Director of the new national Enterprise Research Centre which is jointly hosted at Aston University and the University of Warwick which will focus on a various aspects of small business growth over the next three years.  It is funded jointly by the ESRC, BIS, BBB & Innovate UK. Over the last 35 years, Professor Hart has worked and published extensively in the areas of entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business development and policy.  He jointly manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project  in the UK and advises a number of UK Government Departments and the Devolved Administrations on enterprise issues. His work on High-Growth Firms (HGFs) at Aston has been influential in shaping policy discussions and actions in the UK and he is currently working for NESTA and the OECD on a  range of follow-up projects.