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The state of failure (2017)

In 2017 we reached more than 1500 failed businesses thanks to our data partners, our investigations and certainly our Fuckup Nights community.

This interactive report has a detailed analysis on Argentina, Colombia, Germany and México, which are the countries that gathered the most cases. The individual reports are followed by a set of comparative insights on the four countries.

Part of the vision of Fuckup Knowledge is to contribute and participate in the construction of a wider definition of failure. This platform aims to be a practical tool for entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics and civil society – allowing them to make better informed decisions, based on the analysis of failed businesses. 

Argentina

  • 89% of entrepreneurs did not incubate or accelerate their businesses
  • 61% of businesses did not have formal accounting records
  • 39% of businesses had debts at closure
  • After a business failure, most entrepreneurs focus primarily on:
    • a) 25% creating a new business in another sector
    • b) 25% recover emotionally and assimilating the lessons learned

Colombia

  • 56% of businesses fail at the initial stage
  • 41% of businesses did not have formal accounting records
  • 41% of businesses had debts at closure
  • After a business failure, entrepreneurs focus primarily on working for somebody else, keeping the desire to start a new business (26%)

Mexico

  • 96% of entrepreneurs did not incubate or accelerate their businesses
  • 57% of businesses did not have formal accounting records
  • 20% of businesses had debts at closure
  • After a business failure, most entrepreneurs focus primarily on working for somebody else, keeping the desire to start a new business (22%).

Germany

  • 89% of entrepreneurs did not incubate or accelerate their businesses.
  • 49% of businesses did not have formal accounting records
  • 46% of businesses had debts at closure
  • After a business failure, entrepreneurs focus primarily on emotional recovery:
    • a) 20% studying to better entrepreneurial capabilities
    • b) 20% taking time to assimilate the lessons learned.
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