Our 2019  Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) shows that countries are taking new approaches to stimulate entrepreneurial talent; talent inequalities are broadening globally; and cities are playing increasingly major roles as entrepreneurial talent hubs. 

What is the GTCI? It’s a highly valuable report—produced in collaboration with the Adecco Group, INSEAD, and Tata Communications—that provides employers with exclusive insights into the issues that are shaping today’s talent landscape.

This year’s report has a particular focus on:

Entrepreneurial and “intrapreneurial” talent

New approaches are emerging to stimulate entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial talent and future proof employees. These approaches include radically different management systems that recognize that entrepreneurial talent is not a homogenous resource: an efficient entrepreneurial talent strategy needs to reflect the typical stages of an organization’s life cycle. From start-up/scale-up businesses to major players in a specific sector or geography, these employees require different tactics at every step.

The competitiveness gap

The gap in talent between higher- and lower-income countries has increased in recent years. The statistical correlation between income per capita and talent performance remains high; while some regions seem to be facing continued issues in identifying entry points to talent competitiveness or are witnessing a progressive erosion of their talent base.


Cities will play increasingly central roles as entrepreneurial talent hubs, incubators and accelerators. In fact, compared with previous years, we’ve already seen a noticeable increase in entrepreneurial ecosystems in large cities such as New York (8th in the report), Washington, DC (1st in the report), Boston (6th), New York (8th), San Francisco (12th) and Seattle (13th).

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