The Growth Challenge

99% of the world’s businesses are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). According to the OECD, SMEs generate 30% of all exports globally with an estimated value of US$470 billion (Delta Economics 2014).

This study explores the role of entrepreneurs in China, India, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France in stimulating economic growth and development.


  • A Conceptual Framework for SME Development and Support
  • Key Indicators: Business Population and Contribution to GDP
  • Flagship Business Support Schemes
  • Clusters: Level and Manner of Localization
  • Funding Provision
  • Balance of Public and Private Support 

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