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Entrepreneurship StartUps & Failure: Entrepreneurship Culture in Germany

Failure to start a business is still considered a stigma, an expression of personal failure. Although entrepreneurs in FuckUp-Nights now report about their failures, we prefer to see winners. Failure is entrepreneurial normality.

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Founder Between FuckUp-Nights and Anonymous Bankruptcy

While a few years ago failed founders met as anonymous insolvencies, failure is now practically glorified in FuckUp Nights - apparently at least, because behind closed doors it is still: "He just can't do it, they say."

With a business start to failure, in Germany is still no fun and who falls, must reckon with much malice. But failure is entrepreneurial normality, it just belongs to it, as well as getting up and going on afterwards.

Get up again after failures and carry on

Because it is an expression of the risk borne by the entrepreneur. The trick is to get up again after failures and continue. That's what it takes to cultivate. We need a culture of failure - and regrouping as part of normality. Glorifying this as glamorous in FuckUp-Nights is just as exaggerated as the malice or hiding-oneself.

Who is independent does, has to reckon with the fact that it can also fail, it is as simple as that. However, it is precisely this basic understanding of entrepreneurial thinking that is missing in Germany; on the contrary, whoever falls will still be punished. So it's no wonder that failure is taboo and should be avoided at all costs - even if innovations fall by the wayside. Paradoxically, this can lead to the worst case scenario: failure as a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Spiessrutenlauf at the foundation

It is precisely this way of thinking that makes it difficult in Germany to become independent at all. Actually, that is still mild, because in fact it resembles a gauntlet: First, there are the bureaucratic hurdles from social insurance to tax law. But even more difficult is the lack of founding culture in Germany.

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Because if you want to take the step, you often have to feel like an eccentric: “What, you want to give up your secure job for an insecure existence?” Or “The competition is far too big, you can never do it!” Are just two of the many prejudices that many founders from the circle of family, friends and acquaintances echo as soon as they tentatively come out with their plan.

Germany is hostile to foundations

And when it comes to financing innovative ideas, bank consultants also like to wave off by pointing out that they are not sell leaves what one does not know. How stupid!

Even if the impression quickly arises that such experiences could be purely subjective sensitivities, especially since hardly anyone likes to talk about them: The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, a study that annually examines the start-up conditions in 42 countries worldwide, comes to the same result: The start-up culture in Germany is anything but optimal.

Infrastructure good, but ...

Although Germany offers a very good public funding infrastructure, there are ample office and commercial space as well as transport and communication facilities, the protection of intellectual property by patents is guaranteed and founders can access numerous consulting offers and suppliers.

But on the other hand, Germany scores significantly lower than other countries in many circumstances in international comparison. In this country, founders are slowed down by higher market entry barriers and worse financing conditions.

... anger at regulation and pessimism

Above all, the experts questioned by GEM criticize the government's excessive regulatory anger, the poor basic education and finally the negative social attitude.

But what good infrastructure and all state support efforts bring, if the general mood to become self-employed is rather bad? The simple answer: little. And the study shows the same: 46,5 percent of the 18 to 64 year-olds surveyed would let the step into self-employment completely - for fear, it could go wrong.

Only the very young to 24 are a bit braver. But apart from those, the differences to countries like England, the Netherlands, Australia or above all the USA, where 79 percent could not be stopped by fears of reasons, are huge.

Setting up abroad - Estonia or Switzerland?

The question therefore arises as to whether, as a German, you should not set up a business abroad straight away. Recently, Estonia has been making a name for itself as a start-up paradise, whereby the tax advantages as an eResident only pay off if you do not live in Germany.

Another exciting country for start-ups, which is also a little closer to us linguistically, is Switzerland. She has in terms of Company and investments but hardly anyone has on their radar. The agency for company formation in Switzerland would like to change this with a comprehensive range of information.

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One answer to "Entrepreneurship StartUps & Failure: Entrepreneurship Culture in Germany"

  1. Thorsten says:

    Yes, the founding culture in Germany is really a must.
    I speak from my own experience.

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