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Personal motivations of the French for being an entrepreneur 2011-2016

This statistic shows the personal motivations among French startup founders for becoming an entrepreneur, between 2011 and 2016. It displays that more than 71 percent of the respondents stated that one of their main motivation to become an entrepreneur was to face challenges.

Why did you become an entrepreneur?*

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Release date

February 2016



Survey time period

2011 - 2016

Number of respondents

308 respondents

Special properties

French startups applying for the NUMA acceleration program who have not yet raised funds

Supplementary notes

*This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Pourquoi êtes vous devenu entrepreneur?"

The source adds the following information regarding the methodology: "Cette étude se fonde sur deux sondages réunissant les réponses de 375 startups candidates au programme d’accélération de NUMA. Un sondage «Startups », constitué de 19 questions sur l’origine et l’environnement du projet, les difficultés et besoins des entrepreneurs. Un sondage «Entrepreneurs », constitué de 21 questions sur les caractéristiques sociologiques des fondateurs de startups (âge, formation…), et la manière dont ils travaillent au quotidien. De cet échantillon initial, nous avons fait le choix de retirer 40 startups étrangères, et 27 startups ayant déjà levé plus de 100 000€, afin de nous concentrer sur le cœur de cible de notre réflexion : les jeunes startups françaises en cours de création, qui n’ont pas, ou pas encore, levé de fonds."

As the exact date of the field study was not known, the date of creation of Numa and the date of publication were chosen.

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