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Which Factors Determine the Success or Failure of Startup Companies?

A Startup Ecosystem Analysis of Hungary, Germany and the US

Master's Thesis 2017 198 Pages

Business economics - Company formation, Business Plans

Summary

As more and more startup companies are founded every year worldwide, building up one’s own business does not get easier. Since 9 out of 10 startups fail, future entrepreneurs are well advised to take a look at potential reasons for failure and success. Learning from others’ mistakes and studying success stories can improve their own performance and help to avoid critical errors.

The academic paper at hand will provide valuable insights for entrepreneurs. After delivering an overview of the most commonly used terms and definitions in the startup scene, chapter 6 will describe the components of a business idea and how experts can assess a company’s value.

Subsequently, the most important factors for a startup company’s success, according to literature review, will be listed and illustrated. Various standpoints of academic research and studies will be discussed. Delineating both internal and external factors, this thesis not only delivers a synoptic view of potential challenges inside a startup as well as in its ecosystem, but also juxtaposes these influences in opposition.

The second part of this paper analyzes a series of interviews with twelve startup founders from three different regions (the province of North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany, Budapest in Hungary and the state of California in the US). Their views and experiences will be summarized and put into the context of their respective startup ecosystem.

This way, the study is able to provide an understanding of the distinctive attributes of these ecosystems. Furthermore, the interviewees’ challenges and advices will be compared to previously reviewed literature. Therefore, the reader is able to gain insights from an academic perspective, as well as from real-life examples.

Details

Pages
198
Year
2017
ISBN (eBook)
9783668542112
ISBN (Book)
9783668542129
File size
1.5 MB
Language
English
Catalog Number
v372343
Institution / College
Andrássy Gyula Deutschsprachige Universität Budapest
Grade
2,0
Tags
Startup Entrepreneurship Companies USA Germany Hungary Ecosystem Budapest North Rhine-Westphalia California

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