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Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an extensive economic standstill in Germany. In this dossier, the IfM Bonn regularly provides an overview of the effects in and on medium-sized companies.


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Artificial intelligence in SMEs

How can research institutions, competence centres and universities support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the use of artificial intelligence?


Foreign nationals support the founding of NRW

In 2018, 39.2% of all commercial start-ups in NRW were founded by foreign nationals. In this way, they provided substantial support for the establishment of new businesses in North Rhine-Westphalia, as Dr. Rosemarie Kay and Dr. Se-bastian Nielen state in the study "Foreign nationals as founders in…



Schumpeter in the Corona Crisis

19.10.2020 The Corona 19 pandemic has been affecting our everyday social and economic life for a good six months now. When the exogenous shock hit the German economy in March, the first thing we had to do was to counteract the rapid spread of this aggressive virus. This resulted in extensive restrictions in everyday life and temporary plant closures in many sectors of the economy. The national border closures also aggravated the economic situation in many Mittelstand enterprises, as they no longer had access to the European single market.

In order to be able to immediately cushion the negative economic consequences such as lack of liquidity and unbearable labour costs, the German government launched numerous support measures for the self-employed and companies. For most Mittelstand companies in Germany, it also paid off that they had significantly increased their equity ratio since the financial crisis of 2008/09 thanks to their good profit situation. Only among micro-enterprises, there was a high proportion of companies that did not have any equity - and thus could get into financial difficulties much more quickly.


Figure of the months

In 2019


percentage points

more medium-sized enterprises than in 2018 have offered ICT training.


Policy Brief "Entrepreneurship in Focus"

Why the start-up culture in Silicon Valley is different

If one considers - independent of individual entrepreneurial action - the influence of the founding environment, then it can be seen that this promotes incremental innovative start-ups in Germany.


Cooperation with University of Siegen

Mittelstand future panel

NUI region ranking

Offensive Mittelstand

Data of the IfM Bonn

Contract research