Factsheet International Start-ups     

 In Start-up

Of the 7 billion people on earth 400 million are entrepreneurs. This means that 1 out of 18 people manage their own business.

  • The most entrepreneuring countries are (according to entrepreneurs as percentage of population):
    • Uganda 28.1%
    • Thailand 17.7%
    • Brazil 13.8%
    • Cameroon%
    •  Vietnam 13.3
  • The developing countries are the most entrepreneuring.
  • The top reasons why start-up businesses are unsuccessful:
    • There is not a need for the product,
    • Cash flow problems,
    • The wrong team,
    • To much competition,
    • The product is too expensive,
    • The return on the investment is to low.
  • Success of Start-ups
    • 90% of all start-ups are unsuccessful, although 68% of the entrepreneurs believe that their idea is unique.
  • The top 3 sectors that are financed:
    • Software
    • Media/ Entertainment,
    • Bio-technology.
  • How are businesses financed internationally?
    • Self-financing: 82%
    • Loans and credit: 41%
    • Friends and family,
    • Crowdfunding,
    • Investment capital.
  • In 2012 were 36% of businesses owners female. This is as an increase of 30% since 2007.
  • Are you a born entrepreneur?
    • Your personality and creativity does not fit into the 9-5 environment,
    • You enjoy learning new things,
    • Your ideas are regarded as “extraordinary”,
    • You woud like to create things with a deeper and lasting meaning,
    • You would like make the world a better place.
  • Why do people engage in an entrepreneurship?
    • Money,
    • The flexibility to be your own boss,
    • To control the decision making process,
    • To choose the team that will work with you,
    • To leave a legacy.
  • Start-ups with two partners are the most successful.
  • It is 3 times more likely that you will have your own business if you rebelled as a teenager.
  • The average entrepreneur:
    • 95.1% have a University Degree,
    • 70% is married,
    • 51% is the first of their family that owns a business.
  • How do the top 3 industrialized countries compare in term of entrepreneurship?
    • The USA is number 42 of the most entrepreneuring countries,
    • Only 32,12% of people in China have their own business,
    • Japan is the 4th lowest entrepreneuring country in the world.
  • The top least entrepreneuring countries:
    • Suriname 0,2%
    • Italy 1.3%
    • Japan 1.3%
    • Puerto Rico
    • France 1.7%
  •  2 out of 3 people worldwide consider entrepreneurship a good career choice.
  •     How can an entrepreneur be successful?
    • Believe in yourself!
    • Focus on the things you care about,
    • Build a good team,
    • Do not give up!
  • The top 15 Start-up Eco-systems
    • Boston
    • Silicon Valley
    • New York City
    • Los Angeles
    • Tel Aviv
    • London
    • Chicago
    • Seattle
    • Berlin
    • Singapore
    • Paris
    • Sao Paulo
    • Moscow
    • Santiago de Chile
    • Bangalore
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