Founders of startups in France 2011-2016, by education level and age

This statistic shows the distribution of founders of French startups in 2016, by age group and level of education. It appears that 31.6 percent of startups creators aged 25 to 29 years had a master's degree.

Distribution of startup creators in France between 2011 and 2016, by age group and education level*

Baccalaureate degreeUniversity diplomaBusiness SchoolMasterPh.D.Self-educatedEngineer schoolSpecialized School
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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:"Quel est votre diplôme principal?"
Baccalaurate degree is the French highschool degree.

The source adds the following information: "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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