More than 12’000 new companies in Q1

A total of 12'695 new companies were founded in Switzerland from January to March. This corresponds to a slight decrease of -3.6% compared to the same quarter last year. This is shown by the daily updated national analysis of the IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmer.

Following an exceptional record year, the number of new companies in the first quarter of 2022 is at its second-highest level. After the last two pandemic years were characterized by a veritable start-up boom, the current start-up figures are settling back into a stable and positive trend, as in the period before COVID-19.

On average, 11'984 new companies were registered per first quarter over the last 5 years. Despite a decrease of -3.6% compared to the same period last year, the first quarter of 2022 with 12'695 new companies is significantly above the 5-year average and continues the stable and positive trend of the pre-pandemic period.

5 year comparison

The development in the individual sectors varied widely. Winners among the heavyweights include Finance & Insurance (+1.45), IT & ICT (+1.5%) and Public Health (+8%). Major losers include Retail (-11.6%), Consulting (-7.9%9 and Real Estate (-6.2%).

Legal forms in comparison

In Switzerland, the limited liability company (LLC) is by far the most popular legal form when it comes to founding a new company. While an increase of +2.1% was recorded in the first quarter of 2022 with a total of 5'106 LLCs, the sole proprietorship recorded a decline of -8.4% with 4'185 new formations.

Which regions are recording positive values?

Only the large regions of southwestern Switzerland +1.2% and eastern Switzerland +0.2% enjoyed an increase in the number of company founders in the first quarter of 2022. The regions of Central Switzerland -0.5%, Zurich -2.4%, Northwestern Switzerland -7.0%, Ticino -7.8% and Espace Mittelland -12.2% show a slight to medium decline in the number of startups compared to the previous year.

Detailed information can be found in an IFJ blog post.

(Press release / SK)