Most German founders have studied at the Technical University Munich

The foundation of enterprises is crucial for a country’s economic and social development. The corporate survey Deutsche Start-up Monitor (DSM) from the University Duisburg-Essen and the consultancy KPMG under the direction of the German Start-up association examines the development of the start-up scene in Germany and has been published for the fifth year in a row. The survey includes the investigation of 1837 Start-ups, 4245 incorporators as well as 19.913 employees. According to the DSM, most of the founders in Germany are male. Female founders represent only 14.6 percent. Another characteristic is the fact that more than 80 percent have graduated from a university despite the assumption, that most founders like Steve Jobs (Apple) or Bill Gates (Microsoft) are college dropouts. The academic background strongly differs when it comes to founding an enterprise. Contrary to the public belief that the largest number of founders come from private universities, the actual numbers say that most of the incorporators come from public universities. The ranking of universities with the most founders is led by the Technical University Munich (TUM), followed by the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and the Rhine-Westphalian Technical Academy (RWTH) in Aachen.

Studying at TUM School of Management offers you a large range of supportive programs for start-ups. Since 2012, 150 new ventures have emerged out of TUM. From the very start, the TUM Start-up Incubator at the Entrepreneurship Research Institute offers TUM academics and students free start-up coaching, co-working space and a network of experts. Pitching the idea and business model to their start-up consultants gives you the chance to join more than 20 teams at this vibrant space. The co-working space of TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institute provides the teams with office amenities, conference and quiet rooms, direct access to UnternehmerTUM and TUM Start-Up Consulting as well as an open plan kitchen to enable both work and play. This mixture of academic, economic and practical entrepreneurship support creates an entrepreneurial environment which is unique in Europe and will inspire many more young teams to come.


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