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Evaluation of Business Coaching for Start-ups

Completed Project


Firms and Markets

Project Period

November 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013

Commissioned by

Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

In Cooperation With

Marco Caliendo, University of Potsdam and IZA (Project Manager)
Steffen Künn, IZA
Christian Loersch, University of Potsdam and IZA
infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences
During the first five years after start-up, entrepreneurs in Germany can receive public funding for external business coaching, within the program "Gründercoaching Deutschland". The program was introduced in October 1, 2007 and one year later extended by a variant especially designed for start-ups out of unemployment "Gründercoaching Deutschland - Gründungen aus Arbeitslosigkeit". For the latter program the coverage rate of the coaching costs is higher and the period of eligibility is restricted to one year after start-up. Both programs aim to increase the sustainability of business start-ups and have become an important part of entrepreneurial support programs in Germany. The project team conducts this research project to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of both instruments. Based on the evaluation results, the project team will also give policy advice with respect to the prospective organization of the programs' set up.