These 4 facts about startups will blow your mind

If you are an entrepreneur or are inserted in the entrepreneurial world, you probably know a lot about entrepreneurship, startups and your business area. But have you tested your general knowledge on the subject? We at BGI recently celebrated 11 years of working with startups, and we continue to learn new interesting facts everyday. Even in the most fun ways.

Today we bring you 4 facts that will probably surprise you. We've done this challenge before and this time we came back with new BGI team members - our Sustainability & Food Manager, Cláudia Carocha, and our Projects Community Manager, Beatriz Riscado - to compete against each other and answer questions about entrepreneurship. Who do you think will win this challenge?

In summary, here are 4 facts about entrepreneurship that you need to know:

Fact #1: 77% of startups faced a potential failure in 2020 due to Covid-19

Although we can't entirely blame Covid-19 for the failure of startups - we must not forget the difficulty in creating an enterprise -, the truth is that, after the events of 2020, many companies already advanced in the market were hung by the skin of their teeth. More precisely, 77% of startups feared not reaching the finish line. On the other hand, many other startups grew and found new opportunities after the pandemic began. It's not all bad news, after all! As they say “opportunities arise in every crisis”.

Fact #2: 50% of startups fail in their 5th year

We already know that the failure rate of startups is high and the reasons are varied. It often happens due to the lack of listening to customers, because there is no shared culture among team members, due to the lack of funding, among others. However, they don't always fail at the same stage of development. Some (21.5%) start failing in their first year, others (30%) fail in their 2nd year, and others (50%) in their 5th year. Even after leaving the “startup category” - considering that a startup is less than 5 years old - there is still the possibility of failure. This is the case for 70% of startups, which collapse in their 10th year.

Fact #3: Only 40% of startups become profitable

It’s true. Only 40% of startups actually make a profit. However, having a co-founder will significantly increase your chances of success. Did you know that?

In addition, if you feel that you need an extra helping hand to get funding, we may be able to help you with that through our BGI Accelerator program, which is now open. If you have a deep-tech startup solving a global challenge, take a look at this.

Photo by Otito Dosumu, Project Manager at BGI, with text saying "Join the 12th edition of BGI Accelerator" and BGI logo.

Fact #4: 36% of small business owners are women

1972 was when women started running their businesses - this was the year marked by the US Census Bureau as the year related to female entrepreneurship - and at the time the number was much lower. There is still a long way to go, but women now represent 36% of small business owners, up from just 4.6% in 1972.

What did you think of these curiosities? You can see these and other facts about startups in the video above!

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