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Report on Company Foundations September 2021: Startup figures on the rise again

In September 2021, 3631 new companies were founded in Switzerland. The number of startups thus increased by 12.07% compared to the previous month. In comparison with September of the previous year, however, the number of newly founded startups fell by 4.14%.

Startup figures on the rise again

With a total of 3631 company foundations, the number of newly founded startups rose again slightly last month. Compared to August 2021, the number of new companies increased by 391 startups (+12.07%). The foundation figures of September 2020, however, could not quite be reached with a deficit of 157 startups (-4.14%). In the individual language regions, the situation looks similar. In comparison with the previous month, the number of company foundations in German-speaking Switzerland increased by 160 startups (+7.20%), in French-speaking Switzerland by 206 startups (+23.25) and in Ticino by 25 startups (+19.08%). Compared to the previous year, the number of startups in German-speaking Switzerland fell by 155 (-6.11%) and in Ticino by 19 (-10.86%). The French-speaking part of Switzerland, however, recorded an increase of 17 startups (+1.58%).

Mixed results both compared to August 2021 …

A look at the foundation figures in the individual cantons shows a mixed picture. Compared to the previous month, the number of company foundations increased in the foundation-strong cantons of Aargau (+46 startups or +24.08%), Berne (+43 startups or +17.41%), Lucerne (+58 startups or +45.31%), St.Gallen (+20 startups or +11.24%), Ticino (+25 startups or +19.08%) and Vaud (+68 startups or +21.66%). On the other hand, Geneva (-1 startup or -0.34%), Zug (-56 startups or -23.14%) and Zurich (-9 startups or -1.44%) recorded a decrease. Furthermore, the number of startups fell in the cantons of Appenzell Ausserrhoden (-3 startups or -14.29%), Basel-Landschaft (-3 startups or -2.97%), Graubünden (-8 startups or -11.59%) and Schaffhausen (-7 startups or -17.95%).

… as well as to September 2020

A comparison with the previous year displays a similar image. The cantons of Aargau (+3 startups or +1.28), Lucerne (+33 startups or +21.57) and Vaud (+26 startups +16.88%), all of which have strong startup activity, recorded an increase. On the other hand, the number of startups fell in the cantons of Berne (-31 startups or -9.66%), Geneva (-43 startups or -12.65%), St.Gallen (-2 startups or -1.00%), Ticino (-19 startups or -10.86%), Zug (-12 startups or -6.06%) and Zurich (-98 startups or -13.76%). In addition, the cantons of Appenzell Ausserrhoden (-5 startups or -21.74%), Basel-Landschaft (-18 startups or -15.52%), Basel-Stadt (-8 startups or -7. 77%), Graubünden (-5 start-ups or -7.58%), Nidwalden (-5 start-ups or -20.83%), Solothurn (-11 startups or -11.34%) and Thurgau (-20 startups or -16.95%) recorded a decrease.

  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 46 3 24.08% 1.28%
AI 0 2 0.00% 28.57%
AR -3 -5 -14.29% -21.74%
BE 43 -31 17.41% -9.66%
BL -3 -18 -2.97% -15.52%
BS 11 -8 13.10% -7.77%
FR 52 11 58.43% 8.46%
GE -1 -43 -0.34% -12.65%
GL 3 2 20.00% 12.50%
GR -8 -5 -11.59% -7.58%
JU 21 1 175.00% 3.13%
LU 58 33 45.31% 21.57%
NE 21 1 55.26% 1.72%
NW 1 -5 5.56% -20.83%
OW 7 3 70.00% 21.43%
SG 20 -2 11.24% -1.00%
SH -7 7 -17.95% 28.00%
SO 15 -11 21.13% -11.34%
SZ 37 5 50.68% 4.76%
TG 4 -20 4.26% -16.95%
TI 25 -19 19.08% -10.86%
UR 1 5 10.00% 83.33%
VD 68 21 21.66% 5.82%
VS 45 26 33.33% 16.88%
ZG -56 -12 -23.14% -6.06%
ZH -9 -98 -1.44% -13.76%
CH 391 -157 12.07% -4.14%

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