Since its inception in 1996 the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research has become firmly established as the foremost global award for research on entrepreneurship. This Prize is awarded annually and it consists of the statuette "The Hand of God”, created by Swedish Sculptor Carl Milles, and a Prize sum of 100,000 euros.

The partners behind the Award are the founder, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (Entreprenörskapsforum), the co-founder, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), the sponsor, VINNOVA, and the donor, Stockholms Köpmansklubb (2016 and onwards). The three organizations are jointly responsible for the Award.

Carl Milles and the statuette

Carl Milles “The Hand of God” was one of Milles’ last works before his death. Originally, Milles created it to honor the Swedish innovator and entrepreneur C. E. Johansson. The original still stands in Johansson’s hometown of Eskilstuna. Read more...

The Prize Committee

The Committee consists of six members. To be eligible one has to hold or have held a full professorship at a Swedish university working on small business and entre-preneurship issues. The Committee members are appointed solely based on their scientific credentials. The discussions within the Committee are strictly confidential. Read more...

Current winner

Philippe Aghion

Philippe Aghion is the 2016 winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. According to the Prize motivation, professor Philippe Aghion received the Award "for his outstanding analyses of the relationship between, on the one hand, firm-level innovation, entry and exit and, on the other hand, productivity and growth." Read more.

Important dates
Award Announcement

The 2017 Award Winner will be announced.


Pioneer in Research on Growth Rewarded with 100 000 Euros.
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Global Award For Entrepreneurship Research: Pioneer in Research on Growth Rewarded with 100 000 Euros.
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Yahoo! UK & Ireland

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