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, Lars Backsell (2019 and onwards). The first three organizations are jointly responsible for the Award.
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.