Entrepreneurship in Switzerland: Student activity

The entrepreneurial spirit of Swiss students is still below the international average. The majority do not dream of establishing a company.

The entrepreneurial spirit of students at specialized higher education schools (HES) and Swiss universities is still below the international average. According to a survey conducted in Switzerland on 6,919 students within the framework of the Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey (GUESSS), the majority of them have never seriously thought about establishing a business; their first aim is for a job in an SME or a large company after completing their studies.

Percentage of students wishing to establish a company, 2021

Country

Position

Immediately after end of studies

Five years after end of studies

Nigeria

1

53,7

65,2

Indonesia

2

38,9

60,2

Ecuador

3

38,1

58,0

Dominican Republic

4

31,5

57,4

Mexico

5

32,1

57,2

Colombia

6

37,0

57,0

Maroc

7

30,4

53,8

Nepal

8

34,3

51,8

Bolivia

9

44,4

51,8

Ukraine

10

25,6

51,2

North Macedonia

11

24,6

50,3

El Salvador

12

36,1

47,9

Panama

13

27,8

47,6

Peru

14

30,2

46,3

Albania

15

26,7

44,9

Qatar

16

24,0

44,6

Bulgaria

17

27,5

44,1

Lebanon

18

22,7

42,6

Uruguay

19

26,9

42,3

Russia

20

22,6

42,2

Tunisia

21

31,3

41,5

Estonia

22

17,5

41,1

Lithuania

23

16,0

40,4

Iran

24

24.5

40,4

USA

25

16,7

40,0

United Arab Emirates

26

13,4

38,7

Brazil

27

22,4

38,4

Slovakia

28

15,8

37,7

Costa Rica

29

21,0

37,6

Ireland

30

9,17

36,9

Average

 

17,8

32,3

Switzerland

55

4,2

16,1

Source: International Report of the Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey (GUESSS) 2021 (next edition: 2023)

Note that these figures should be interpreted with caution. The 58 sample countries differ considerably in terms of size, number and types of participating universities, student demographics, etc. Nevertheless, “intentional founders” are particularly numerous in developing countries (especially in Latin American countries).



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Last modification 28.10.2021

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