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.


AfghanistanAfghanistan Central Business Registry and Intellectual Property
AlbaniaInstitute of Statistics (INSTAT)
AlgeriaCentre Nacional de Registre du Commerce (CNRC)
Antigua and BarbudaAntigua & Barbuda Intellectual Property and Commerce Office
ArgentinaMinisterio de Trabajo, Empleo y Seguridad Social 
ArmeniaMinistry of Economic Development and Investment of the Republic of Armenia
AustraliaAustralian Securities & Investment Commission
AustriaAustrian Institute for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Research
AzerbaijanMinistry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan 
BangladeshRegistrar of Joint Stock Companies & Firms
BelarusМинистерство Юстиции Республики Беларусь
BelgiumDirection Générale Statistique – Statistics Belgium, Service Public Fédéral Economie, PME, Classes Moyennes et Energie  
BelizeBelize Companies Registry
BhutanMinistry of Economic Affairs
Bosnia and HerzegovinaAgency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina    
BotswanaCompanies and Intellectual Property Authority
BrazilJunta Comercial do Estado do Rio de Janeiro     
Brunei DarussalamRegistry of Companies and Business Names Division
BulgariaRegistry Agency
Burkina FasoMaison de l'Entreprise du Burkina Faso
CanadaCorporations 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)
ChileMinisterio de Economía, Fomento y Turismo   
Congo, Dem. Rep.Tribunal de Commerce de Kinshasa/Gombe
Cook Islands*Ministry of Justice
Costa RicaRegistro Nacional de Costa Rica
CroatiaCroatia Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Justice
CyprusDepartment of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver
Czech RepublicCzech Statistical Office     
DenmarkDanish Business Authority 
DominicaCompanies and Intellectual Property Office
Dominican RepublicCamara de Comercio y Produccion de Santo Domingo
El SalvadorCentro de Registros de el Salvador
EstoniaRegistrite ja infosusteemide Keskus
FinlandFinnish Patent and Registration Office
FranceNational Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies
GabonCompany Registry
GeorgiaNational Statistics Office of Georgia (GEOSTAT)
GermanyFederal Statistical Office
GhanaRegistrar Genral's Department  
GreeceHellenic Statistical Authority
GrenadaCorporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office
GuatemalaRegistro Mercantil General de la Republica de Guatemala
Guernsey*Guernsey Company Registry
HaitiCentre de Facilitation des Investissements
Hong Kong SAR, ChinaInland Revenue Service
HungaryHungarian Central Statistical Office
IcelandStatistics Iceland
IndiaMinistry of Corporate Affairs
IndonesiaClarity Research Indonesia
IraqCompany Registrar at Ministry of Trade
IrelandRegister of Enterprises of the Internal Service
Isle of Man*The Department of Economic Development, Companies Registry 
IsraelIsraeli Corporations Authority
ItalyUnioncamere - Unione italiana delle Camere di commercio, industria, artigianato e agricoltura
JamaicaCompanies Office of Jamaica
JapanMinistry of Justice 
Jersey*Company Registry
JordanCompanies Control Department
KazakhstanCommittee on Statistics of the Ministry of National Economy
KenyaOffice of the Attorney General
Korea, Rep.Ministry of Strategy and Finance
KosovoKosovo Business Registration Agency  
Kyrgyz RepublicMinistry of Justice
Lao PDRCompany Registry
LatviaThe Register of Enterprises of the Republic of Latvia    
LesothoOne-Stop Business Facilitation Center
LiberiaMinistry of Commerce and Industry
Liechtenstein*Office of Justice
LithuaniaState Enterprise Centre of Registers
LuxembourgThe Trade and Companies Register
Macedonia, FYRCentral Register of the Republic of Macedonia
MadagascarService d'Analyses Economique et fiscale (SAEF)  
MalawiCompany Registry
MalaysiaCompanies Commission of Malaysia (SSM)
MaldivesCompany Registry
MaltaMalta Financial Service Authority
MauritaniaSingle Window Unit
MauritiusCorporate and Business Registration Department     
MexicoSecretaria de Economia 
MoldovaState Registration Chamber
MongoliaGeneral Authority for State Registration
MontenegroTax Administration of Montenegro, Central Register of Business Entities
MoroccoOffice Marocain de la Propriété Industrielle et Commerciale (OMPIC) 
MyanmarDirectorate of Investment and Company Administration  
NamibiaBusiness and Intellectual Property Authority
NepalOffice of the Company Registrar
NetherlandsKamer van Koophandel
Netherlands Antilles*Curaçao Chamber of Commerce & Industry     
New ZealandMinistry of Business, Innovation, & Employment
NigerMaison de l'entreprise 
NigeriaCorporate Affairs Comission
NorwayBrønnøysund Register Centre
OmanNational Center for Statistics and Information
PakistanSecurities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan
PanamaRegistro Publico de Panama
ParaguayDireccion General de los Registros Publicos   
PeruSuperintendencia Nacional de los Registros Públicos (SUNARP)
PhilippinesSecurities and Exchange Commission
PolandMinistry of Economic Development    
PortugalInstituto de Registros e do Notariado
QatarMinistry of Economy and Commerce
RomaniaThe National Trade Register Office   
Russian FederationFederal Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, Tax Service
RwandaRwanda Development Board
SamoaMinistry of Commerce Industry and Labour
São Tomé and PríncipeGuiche Unico para Empresa
Saudi ArabiaMinistry of Commerce and Investment
SenegalAgence Nationale de Statisques et de la Democratie
SerbiaSerbian Business Registers Agency
Sierra LeoneCorporate Affairs Commission
SingaporeAccounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)
Slovak RepublicStatistical Office of the Slovak Republic
SloveniaAgency of the Republic of Slovenia for Public Legal Records and Related Services (AJPES)
South AfricaCompanies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)
South SudanCompany Registry
SpainRegistro Mercantil Central
Sri LankaDepartment of Registrar of Companies
St. LuciaRegistrar of Companies
St. Vincent and the GrenadinesCommerce and Intellectual Property Office
SurinameChamber of Commerce and Industry Suriname
SwedenSwedish Companies Registration Office
SwitzerlandSwiss Federal Commercial Registry
Syrian Arab RepublicCompany Registry
Taiwan, ChinaDepartment of Commerce, Ministry of Economic Affairs (ROC)
TajikistanStatistics Agency of Tajikistan 
ThailandDepartment of Business Development, Ministry of Commerce
Timor-LesteInternational Finance Corporation
TogoCentre de Formalites des Entreprises (CFE)
TongaMinistry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour
TunisiaInstitut National de la Statistique
TurkeyDirectorate of Internal Trade of the Ministry of Customs and Trade -
UgandaUganda Registration Services Bureau
UkraineMinistry of Justice, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
United Arab EmiratesFederal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority
United KingdomCompanies House
UruguayDirección General Impositiva
UzbekistanState Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Statistics
VanuatuCompany Registry
Virgin Islands, British*Company Registry
ZambiaPatents and Companies Registration Agency