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Entrepreneurship plays a vital role for the economic development of Germany. Startups create innovative products, function as job engines, and promote competition. Thus, it is essential to gain insights into the complex challenges of young companies and understand the specific characteristics and demands of startups. To this end, the German Startups Association launched the German Startup Monitor (Deutscher Startup Monitor, DSM) in 2013. 

The DSM is a now annual publication in partnership with KPMG. Based on primary data collected by means of an online survey open to founders and managers of startups in Germany, the DSM seeks to present the development and significance of startups, identify research gaps, map out economic policy initiatives to strengthen Germany as a startup location and its regional ecosystems, and drive entrepreneurship in society. 

Founders and managers of startups in Germany can participate in the survey at the invitation of one of the DSM network partners. Network partners include venture capital investors, business angels, technology centers, accelerators, incubators, business plan competitions, coworking spaces, national and regional entrepreneurship associations and personal networks. Over the years, we were able to continously increase the number of partners and participants. In 2016, the 4th DSM is based on 1.565 data sets (2015: 1.061; 2014: 903; 2013: 454) collected by more than 100 partners (2015: 83; 2014: 64; 2013: 10).

For more information please see the Website of the DSM.