Figures on SMEs: Entrepreneurship

Switzerland is well-placed in international entrepreneurship rankings. However, the country still has relatively few entrepreneurs.

Switzerland’s economic backdrop forms an excellent environment for entrepreneurs in comparison to the rest of the world. In fact, Switzerland is in 2nd place, behind the United States, in the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI), which measures the dynamic nature of entrepreneurial activity in countries with economies based on innovation.

Rank

Country

GEDI Index

1

United States

83.6

2

Switzerland

80.4

3

Canada

79.2

4

United Kingdom

77.8

5

Australia

75.5

6

Denmark

74.3

7

Iceland

74.2

8

Ireland

73.7

9

Sweden

73.1

10

France

68.5

Source: Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) 2018 (next publication: 2019)

The rate of entrepreneurial activity in Switzerland is slightly below the average of countries based on innovation, according to the 2016/2017 Switzerland Report of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, which describes and analyzes the main changes in entrepreneurial activity at the national level as well as the differences found with comparable economies.

Swiss entrepreneurship: an international comparison
Source: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Switzerland Report 2017/2018

Entrepreneurship and women

The proportion of women entrepreneurs remains lower than that of their male counterparts in Switzerland. But this disparity is declining.

Entrepreneurship and students

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

Swiss Economic Position

The Swiss economic position is regularly ranked among the best in the world in many fields, such as innovation, for example.


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Last modification 30.10.2018

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