Welcome to IfM Bonn

The Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn was established in 1957 as a foundation of private law on the initiative of Ludwig Erhard, then Minister of Economic Affairs (and later German Chancellor). Founders are the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The institute's task is to analyse the status-quo, development and problems of Mittelstand companies and small and medium-sized enterprises, to develop recommendations for SME policies and to disseminate its research results to the general public.



European city comparison: One in three small and medium-sized enterprises is threatened by a crisis

17.02.2020 Every third small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) in and around Frankfurt has experienced an existential crisis in the past 5 years.



Entrepreneurship Policy

17.02.2020 Prof. Dr. Friederike Welter spoke as one of the keynote speakers at the international workshop "Entrepreneurship Policy in Context - Critical Perspectives".


Latest Studies

Challenges for the German Mittelstand

What topics are enterprises of the German Mittelstand considering in the foreseeable future? For the third time, the IfM Bonn examines future challenges for German Mittelstand from the entrepreneur's point of view. The study is based on a representative company survey on the perception of bureaucracy at the turn of the year 2018/2019.



Compact overview

The IfM Bonn offers a wide range of information about medium-sized businesses - from study results and statistical data to viewpoints, podcasts and YouTube videos.

In the dossiers, individual key topics are prepared in such a way that they provide a compact overview of the IfM Bonn's research results in the respective areas.




Mittelstand and European Union

SME policy