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External publicationsJugendarbeitslosigkeit in Indien versus Arbeitsmarkt

India is a fast-growing economy that needs a particularly skilled labour force.

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External publicationsFocus on Microentrepreneurs during Covid-19

What impact had the COVID-19 pandemic on the development of micro-entrepreneurs? What gender-specific differences can be identified at the beginning?

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Press releaseIncrease of bankruptcies in the service industries

The health and social care sector – particularly hospitals and larger care facilities – as well as the transportation sector were most frequently affected by bankruptcies in 2023. This is shown by the proportion of insolvent companies relative to the total number of companies.

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Participation in external eventsInnovation in times of crisis

Dr Sebastian Nielen held the presentation "Forced versus unforced innovation: different economic impact in times of crisis?" at the Innovation and Product Development Management Conference in Dublin at the beginning of June.

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Participation in external eventsMittelstand quiz as a point of attraction

Können die Begriffe Mittelstand und Familienunternehmen synonym verwandt werden? Ab welcher Beschäftigtenzahl gehören Unternehmen dem Mittelstand an? Was bedeutet die Abkürzung "KMU"?

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Participation in external eventsIfM President appointed to NRW steering committee

The North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of Economic Affairs, Mona Neubaur, has invited Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Friederike Welter as a member of the recently established Fin.Connect.NRW steering committee.

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Participation in external events25 successful years of EXIST

Prof Dr Dr h.c. Friederike Welter honoured the 25th anniversary of EXIST start-ups from science in her keynote speech in Berlin at the beginning of June. She highlighted the development and significance of the state funding programme.

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Participation in external eventsState maternity pay for self-employed women?

Around 2% of all self-employed women have a child every year. About a quarter of these women have health insurance with daily sickness benefits, which are paid during the maternity protection period. The benefits paid by health insurance companies for this are in the low millions.

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Participation in external eventsIfM-Researchers at the Diana Conference

Public childcare provision influences the start-up activities of both women and men and therefore also the gender gap in start-up activities.

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PodcastsWhy The EU internal market is important for the international companies in Germany

Many Mittelstand enterprises are involved in global value chains as suppliers – or even as lead companies. Due to the growing geopolitical crises, this integration becoming increasingly risky.

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Press releaseIncrease corporate acceptance through targeted climate regulation

Überwiegend herrscht in den mittelständischen Unternehmen in Deutschland Konsenz darüber, dass es der ökologischen Transformation bedarf. Aktuell besteht jedoch die Gefahr, dass ein zu hoher Detaillierungsgrad sowie eine überbordende Zertifizierungspflicht zu Ausweichstrategien führen könnten.

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Press releaseMore startups in agriculture, forestry and in the liberal professions, fewer in the commercial sector

Im vergangenen Jahr starteten mehr Gründerinnen und Gründer in der Land- und Forstwirtschaft (+ 4,5 %) sowie in den freien Berufen (+ 1,7 %) als in 2022. Dagegen sanken die Existenzgründungen im gewerblichen Bereich geschätzt um 5 %.

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Participation in external eventsOptions for overcoming the skills shortage

Managers surveyed for the Mittelstand Panel 2023 identified the shortage of skilled workers as their biggest challenge in 2023, just as they did in 2021 and 2022.

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Participation in external eventsReducing bureaucracy efficiently

Dr Annette Icks and Michael Holz believe that a paradigm shift in politics is needed to efficiently reduce bureaucracy. They presented their findings at an event organised by the New Social Market Economy Initiative in Berlin on 22 May.

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Participation in external eventsFocus on start-up research

What characterises an entrepreneur? What are the basic needs for start-ups?

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