Firm Foundations and the Growth of Start-ups

The Research Area Comprises

  • Indicators and Measurement of Firm Foundations
  • Determinants of Firm Growth
  • Human Capital Structures in Young Firms
  • Family Firms and Hidden Champions
  • Financing of Young Firms
  • Evaluation of Instruments to Support Firm Foundations

Researchers in this area maintain a wide range of indicators on start-up activity in Germany. Assessing the conditions that mediate market entry and firm growth is a key focus of research. In this connection, researchers are able to draw on two unique databases: the Mannheim Enterprise Panel (MEP) and the IAB/ZEW Start-up Panel. These databases make a valuable contribution to improving the available resources for the study and promotion of start-ups.