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Startup distribution in Germany 2019, by industry

Around 30 percent of German startups were in the information and communication technology industry. The source defines startups as being younger than ten years, highly innovative in terms of technology and/ or their business model aiming for significant growth in revenue and employee numbers.

The startup scene

German states varied in their startup density. Based on recent data, North Rhine-Westphalia had the highest number of startups on its territory, followed by Berlin and Bavaria. All the same, Berlin received the most funding for entrepreneurship. German startups also differed in their range of generated revenue, though most achieved anything between 1 and 150,00 euros. While information and communication technology was booming as far as startups were concerned, fintech is another area enjoying success in Germany.

3 percent of female entrepeneurs

Unfortunately, Germany did not fare well when looking at male and female entrepreneur numbers. In fact, European countries generally disappointed. Germany had a 3.3 percent rate of female entrepreneurship, followed by Italy.

Distribution of startups in Germany in 2019, by industry

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November 2019



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Supplementary notes

The data originates from the German Start-Up Monitor (Deutscher Startup Monitor (DSM)), for which high-quality datasets from founders and CEOs are collected annually online. For this, founders and management members in start-ups receive a special survey link by email, which is sent only to selected DSM network partners. After adjusting the datasets, DSM 2018 had 1,933 datasets from founders and CEOs. The statistic displayed here is based on 1,888 of these datasets.

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