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Corona did not frighten female founders in 2020

Around 49,400 women founded businesses as their main occupation and 106,500 as sideline occupation.

In the pandemic year 2020, commercial start-ups of individual enterprises fell by around 15%. The decline was somewhat smaller among women than among male entrepreneurs. As a result, the share of…


Providing perspectives for the Mittelstand

In the opinion of the IfM Bonn, regionally differing opening strategies could be considered – especially if the incidence of infection can be traced back to specific clusters. Due to Drittes Gesetz zum Schutz der Bevölkerung bei einer epidemischen Lage von nationaler Tragweite of November 2020,…


Less business start-ups in the construction industry, more in the health and social services sector

Support measures at federal and state level lead to a decline in business start-ups

The Corona pandemic and its consequences for the economy and society have had different effects on business start-up activity in the various sectors of the economy: In the construction sector, for example, the…


NUI regional ranking: Landkreis Munich remains top performer

In 2019, the propensity to start a business increased slightly in most Bundesländer

The district of Munich was again the most attractive place to register a (new) business in 2019, followed by the district Miesbach and the cities of Rosenheim and Leverkusen. This is the result of the current NUI…


An obligation for self-employed people to make provisions for old age is not necessary

IfM Bonn recommends instead better integration of existing pension insurance systems

Approx. six out of ten self-employed persons generate a profit income of less than 10,000 euros per year. Their profits thus remain below the basic tax-free allowance and are not sufficient to build up an adequate…


Corona stimulates the propensity to found new businesses in academia

IfM Bonn examined the entrepreneurial willingness of academics in German universities and schools of applied science

In spring 2020, the first wave of Covid 19 pandemic did not show negative influence on the willingness of academics at German universities to set up their own businesses. On the…


German start-up dynamics in times of Covid 19

IfM Bonn examined the effects of the coronavirus-pandemic on the creation and closure of businesses

According to studies conducted by the IfM Bonn, three aspects had a major impact on start-up dynamics in the commercial business sector during the first half of 2020: The national border closures at…


Why apprenticeship rates in micro-enterprises are declining

Apprenticeship readiness is higher than official data suggest

A lack of applicants, rising costs and organisational efforts have contributed to the fact that the number of apprentices has been declining in the micro-enterprises for years. Whereas in 2005 around 383,000 apprentices were still being…


Ways out of the Covid 19 crisis

International researchers discussed the current challenges for SMEs with policy makers and representatives from business

How will the Covid 19 crisis affect small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the short and long term? Which support measures may be necessary to revive the economy? Will the…


SMEs: Training instead of employment of ICT specialists

IfM Bonn: In 2019 fewer SMEs pursued an online sales strategy than in 2018

Video conferencing, online sales and remote service maintenance have become much more important for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany since the beginning of the corona pandemic.

In 2019 this was still…