Entrepreneurship in Switzerland: Business activity by women

The percentage of women entrepreneurs remains lower than that of their male counterparts in Switzerland.

In 2021, only 7.2 per cent of women were ready to engage in early entrepreneurial activities (which do not necessarily translate into a company), compared to the 12.3 per cent of men according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s Switzerland 2020/2021 National Report. The ratio of female entrepreneurs compared to their male counterparts declined from 0.9 to 0.6 between 2020 and 2021.

In 2019, just less than half of business start-ups in Switzerland (46%) involved one or more women according to the estimates of the Federal Statistics Office (FSO).

Number of new enterprises established in 2019

Total

42,606

 

By women and men

4,059

9.5%

By men

22,971

53.9%

By women

15,576

36.6%

Source: FSO, Statistics on business demography 2019 (Estimate, next publication: December 2022)

Female entrepreneurship in Switzerland

Women are still under-represented in the category of sole proprietors or employees of their own company, but they are gaining ground. This percentage of women in the population of entrepreneurs stood at 36.7% in Q4 2020, whereas it only reached 28.2% in 1991, according to the Swiss Labor Force Survey (SLFS) by the FSO. The percentage of female entrepreneurs in the resident female population stood at 5.8% in Q4 2020, versus 10.3% for their male counterparts.

EN_LN_SECO_Chiffres_PME_2022_EntrepreunariatFeminin
Source: FSO, Swiss Labor Force Survey (SLFS), 4th quarter 2020


Information

Last modification 19.10.2022

Top of page

https://www.kmu.admin.ch/content/kmu/en/home/facts-and-trends/facts-and-figures/figures-smes/entrepreneurship/women.html