The data collection for entrepreneurship project was completed in June 2017. To measure entrepreneurial activity, annual data was collected directly from 143 company registrars on the number of newly registered firms. The data can help answer such questions as these:

  • What are the trends in new firm creation across regions and income groups?
  • What is the relationship between entrepreneurship and the business environment and financial development?
  • How much did the financial crisis affect entrepreneurial activity in the formal sector?
  • What is the relationship between gender and entrepreneurship?

Data are provided on new business entry density, defined as the number of newly registered corporations per 1,000 working-age people (those ages 15–64). As in the World Bank’s annual Doing Business report, the units of measurement are private, formal sector companies with limited liability.


Afghanistan Afghanistan Central Business Registry and Intellectual Property
Albania Institute of Statistics (INSTAT)
Algeria Centre Nacional de Registre du Commerce (CNRC)
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda Intellectual Property and Commerce Office
Argentina Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Seguridad Social 
Armenia Ministry of Economic Development and Investment of the Republic of Armenia
Australia Australian Securities & Investment Commission
Austria Austrian Institute for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Research
Azerbaijan Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan 
Bangladesh Registrar of Joint Stock Companies & Firms
Belarus Министерство Юстиции Республики Беларусь
Belgium Direction Générale Statistique – Statistics Belgium, Service Public Fédéral Economie, PME, Classes Moyennes et Energie  
Belize Belize Companies Registry
Bhutan Ministry of Economic Affairs
Bolivia Fundempresa
Bosnia and Herzegovina Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina    
Botswana Companies and Intellectual Property Authority
Brazil Junta Comercial do Estado do Rio de Janeiro     
Brunei Darussalam Registry of Companies and Business Names Division
Bulgaria Registry Agency
Burkina Faso Maison de l'Entreprise du Burkina Faso
Canada Corporations Canada, British Columbia Registries and Online Services, Ontario Regulatory Services Branch of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Québec Registraire des entreprises, Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la solidarité sociale (MTESS)
Chile Ministerio de Economía, Fomento y Turismo   
Colombia Confecamaras
Congo, Dem. Rep. Tribunal de Commerce de Kinshasa/Gombe
Cook Islands* Ministry of Justice
Costa Rica Registro Nacional de Costa Rica
Croatia Croatia Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Justice
Cyprus Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver
Czech Republic Czech Statistical Office     
Denmark Danish Business Authority 
Dominica Companies and Intellectual Property Office
Dominican Republic Camara de Comercio y Produccion de Santo Domingo
El Salvador Centro de Registros de el Salvador
Estonia Registrite ja infosusteemide Keskus
Finland Finnish Patent and Registration Office
France National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies
Gabon Company Registry
Georgia National Statistics Office of Georgia (GEOSTAT)
Germany Federal Statistical Office
Ghana Registrar Genral's Department  
Greece Hellenic Statistical Authority
Grenada Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office
Guatemala Registro Mercantil General de la Republica de Guatemala
Guernsey* Guernsey Company Registry
Guinea APIP
Haiti Centre de Facilitation des Investissements
Hong Kong SAR, China Inland Revenue Service
Hungary Hungarian Central Statistical Office
Iceland Statistics Iceland
India Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Indonesia Clarity Research Indonesia
Iraq Company Registrar at Ministry of Trade
Ireland Register of Enterprises of the Internal Service
Isle of Man* The Department of Economic Development, Companies Registry 
Israel Israeli Corporations Authority
Italy Unioncamere - Unione italiana delle Camere di commercio, industria, artigianato e agricoltura
Jamaica Companies Office of Jamaica
Japan Ministry of Justice 
Jersey* Company Registry
Jordan Companies Control Department
Kazakhstan Committee on Statistics of the Ministry of National Economy
Kenya Office of the Attorney General
Korea, Rep. Ministry of Strategy and Finance
Kosovo Kosovo Business Registration Agency  
Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Justice
Lao PDR Company Registry
Latvia The Register of Enterprises of the Republic of Latvia    
Lesotho One-Stop Business Facilitation Center
Liberia Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Liechtenstein* Office of Justice
Lithuania State Enterprise Centre of Registers
Luxembourg The Trade and Companies Register
Macedonia, FYR Central Register of the Republic of Macedonia
Madagascar Service d'Analyses Economique et fiscale (SAEF)  
Malawi Company Registry
Malaysia Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM)
Maldives Company Registry
Malta Malta Financial Service Authority
Mauritania Single Window Unit
Mauritius Corporate and Business Registration Department     
Mexico Secretaria de Economia 
Moldova State Registration Chamber
Mongolia General Authority for State Registration
Montenegro Tax Administration of Montenegro, Central Register of Business Entities
Morocco Office Marocain de la Propriété Industrielle et Commerciale (OMPIC) 
Myanmar Directorate of Investment and Company Administration  
Namibia Business and Intellectual Property Authority
Nepal Office of the Company Registrar
Netherlands Kamer van Koophandel
Netherlands Antilles* Curaçao Chamber of Commerce & Industry     
New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation, & Employment
Niger Maison de l'entreprise 
Nigeria Corporate Affairs Comission
Norway Brønnøysund Register Centre
Oman National Center for Statistics and Information
Pakistan Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan
Panama Registro Publico de Panama
Paraguay Direccion General de los Registros Publicos   
Peru Superintendencia Nacional de los Registros Públicos (SUNARP)
Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission
Poland Ministry of Economic Development    
Portugal Instituto de Registros e do Notariado
Qatar Ministry of Economy and Commerce
Romania The National Trade Register Office   
Russian Federation Federal Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, Tax Service
Rwanda Rwanda Development Board
Samoa Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour
São Tomé and Príncipe Guiche Unico para Empresa
Saudi Arabia Ministry of Commerce and Investment
Senegal Agence Nationale de Statisques et de la Democratie
Serbia Serbian Business Registers Agency
Sierra Leone Corporate Affairs Commission
Singapore Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)
Slovak Republic Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic
Slovenia Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Public Legal Records and Related Services (AJPES)
South Africa Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)
South Sudan Company Registry
Spain Registro Mercantil Central
Sri Lanka Department of Registrar of Companies
St. Lucia Registrar of Companies
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Commerce and Intellectual Property Office
Suriname Chamber of Commerce and Industry Suriname
Sweden Swedish Companies Registration Office
Switzerland Swiss Federal Commercial Registry
Syrian Arab Republic Company Registry
Taiwan, China Department of Commerce, Ministry of Economic Affairs (ROC)
Tajikistan Statistics Agency of Tajikistan 
Thailand Department of Business Development, Ministry of Commerce
Timor-Leste International Finance Corporation
Togo Centre de Formalites des Entreprises (CFE)
Tonga Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour
Tunisia Institut National de la Statistique
Turkey Directorate of Internal Trade of the Ministry of Customs and Trade -
Uganda Uganda Registration Services Bureau
Ukraine Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
United Arab Emirates Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority
United Kingdom Companies House
Uruguay Dirección General Impositiva
Uzbekistan State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Statistics
Vanuatu Company Registry
Virgin Islands, British* Company Registry
Zambia Patents and Companies Registration Agency