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Report on Company Foundations July 2021: Number of newly founded Startups on the decline

In July 2021, 4435 companies were founded in Switzerland. The number of startups decreased by 10.24% compared to June 2021 and by 2.74% compared to July 2020.

Noticeable decline in the number of startups

Switzerland recorded a total of 4435 company foundations in July 2021. Both compared to the previous month and compared to the previous year, the number of company foundations has declined. The decrease amounts to 506 startups (-10.24%) compared to June 2021 and 125 startups (-2.74%) in comparison with July 2020. The individual language regions recorded declines across the board as well. Compared to the previous month, the number of startups decreased by 469 (-13.76%) in German-speaking Switzerland, by 2 (-0.15%) in French-speaking Switzerland and by 35 (-15.49%) in Ticino. In comparison with the previous year, the decrease amounts to 34 startups (-1.14%) in German-speaking Switzerland, 70 startups (-5.09%) in French-speaking Switzerland and 21 startups (-9.91%) in Ticino.

Increase in company foundations only in eight cantons

Compared to June 2021, the number of newly founded companies decreased in most cantons. Among the cantons with the highest number of startups, the cantons of Aargau (-57 startups or -17.07%), Berne (-123 startups or -25.57%), Geneva (-86 startups or -20.28%), Lucerne (-15 startups or. (-7.04%), St.Gallen (-45 startups or -15.57%), Ticino (-35 startups or -15.49%), Zug (-79 startups or -23.10) and Zurich (-27 startups or -3.32%) recorded a decrease. In percentage terms, the decline is greatest in the canton of Schaffhausen, with 39 fewer startups (-59.09%). Only in the cantons of Appenzell Ausserrhoden (+10 startups or +37.04%), Fribourg (+25 startups or +17.48%), Glarus (+4 startups or +36.36%), Obwalden (+7 startups or +35. 00%), Schwyz (+12 startups or +8.51%), Thurgau (+17 startups or +13.71%), Vaud (+19 startups or +4.55%) and Valais (+52 startups or +26.00%) saw an increase in the number of company foundations.

Only seven cantons with higher foundation figures

The comparison with the foundation figures of July 2020 shows a similar picture. Of the cantons with high foundation rates, Aargau (-24 startups or -7.97%), Berne (-10 startups or -2.72%), Geneva (-32 startups or -8.65%), Lucerne (-6 startups or -2.94%), St.Gallen (-17 startups or -6.51%), Ticino (-21 startups or -9.91%) and Vaud (-31 startups or -6.62%) recorded a decrease. Proportionally, the decline is strongest in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden with 6 foundations (-50.00%) less. The number of company foundations increased only in the cantons of Basel-Landschaft (+18 startups or +20.69%), Jura (+1 startup or +3.13%), Obwalden (+7 startups or +35.00%), Schwyz (+25 startups or +19.53%), Valais (+41 startups or +19.43%), Zug (+25 startups or +10.50%) and Zurich (+9 startups or +1.16%).

  Change compared to the previous month (absolute) Change compared to the previous year (absolute) Change compared to the previous month (relative) Change compared to the previous year (relative)
AG -57 -24 -17.07% -7.97%
AI -6 -6 -50.00% -50.00%
AR 10 -5 37.037% -11.90%
BE -123 -10 -25.57% -2.72%
BL -16 18 -13.22% 20.69%
BS -27 -10 -20.77% -8.85%
FR 25 -22 17.48% -11.58%
GE -86 -32 -20.28% -8.65%
GL 4 0 36.36% 0.00%
GR -32 -13 -28.32% -13.83%
JU -7 1 -17.50% 3.13%
LU -15 -6 -7.04% -2.94%
NE -5 -27 -6.10% -25.96%
NW -14 -3 -38.889% -12.00%
OW 7 7 35.00% 35.00%
SG -45 -17 -15.57% -6.51%
SH -39 -15 -59.09% -35.71%
SO -36 -5 -29.51% -5.49%
SZ 12 25 8.51% 19.53%
TG 17 -4 13.71% -2.76%
TI -35 -21 -15.49% -9.91%
UR -3 0 -23.08% 0.00%
VD 19 -31 4.55% -6.62%
VS 52 41 26.00% 19.43%
ZG -79 25 -23.10% 10.50%
ZH -27 9 -3.32% 1.16%
CH -506 -125 -10.24% -2.74%

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