Munich overtakes Berlin for the first time in newly founded Start-ups per capita

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Munich overtakes Berlin for the first time in terms of the number of start-ups founded per capita and thus takes the lead nationwide. A study by the Startup Association and Startupdetector found 14.5 startups per 100,000 inhabitants in the Bavarian capital, closely followed by Berlin with 13.6. Hamburg came in third with 7.7.

As shown in the current report "Next Generation - Startup New Foundations in Germany" by the Startup Association and Startupdetector, 18 percent fewer startups were founded across Germany in 2022 than in the previous year. Due to difficult conditions such as high inflation, rising interest rates and disrupted supply chains, the number of startups in Berlin and Hamburg even plummeted by 29 and 30 percent, respectively. In the second half of 2022, the decline compared with the same period of the previous year is particularly sharp at 33 percent. This is the weakest half-year since the start of data collection in 2019.

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Munich's recipe for success is called resilience In contrast, with a 9 percent decline in startups, Munich's startup scene is proving to be much more resilient to the crisis. According to the study authors, Munich benefits from its university-related ecosystem - a model that also has a startup-invigorating effect in locations such as Aachen, Heidelberg or Karlsruhe.

This is also confirmed by the startup radar, in which Munich University of Applied Sciences (HM) and its Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) consistently achieved top rankings in startup support at German colleges and universities. The fact that both top-ranked institutions (TUM and HM) in the category of large universities come from Munich emphasizes the institutions' outstanding role in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Bavarian capital.