People all over the world had a similar view on the question of whether entrepreneurs are born or made.
In 37 of 38 markets participating in the study, people believe entrepreneurship can be taught and that entrepreneurs can be made. Only in Japan did people believe entrepreneurs are born and not made.
Attitudes toward entrepreneurship are changing across generations. Overall, nearly two-thirds of respondents believe that entrepreneurs are made and not born. People under 35 have the strongest belief that entrepreneurship can be taught, with 70 percent agreeing, versus 65 percent of those 35 to 49 years old, and 57 percent of those older than 50.
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The report also shows how much more could be done to support these potential entrepreneurs—and points to opportunities for those who want to help.
Fewer than half, 43 percent of respondents, believe existing entrepreneurship education options are satisfactory.
They cite basic business skills (42 percent), leadership and management skills (37 percent) and "entrepreneurship in practice" training and education programs as crucial in helping them launch their own businesses. People see schools, state programs and universities as institutions responsible for entrepreneurship education, in that order. Offering entrepreneurship education earlier in schools, in addition to the many university programs that already exist, may help boost entrepreneurship.