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.



EU: Strategic guideline should replace small-scale funding policy after Corona pandemic crisis

20.05.2020 According to the IfM Bonn, the corona pandemic crisis offers the opportunity to the European Union (EU) to end the previous small-scale and short-term economic policy for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to initiate a regulatory policy-oriented, cooperation-promoting European SME policy.



Promoting the propensity to found new companies in science

15.05.2020 What promotes the propensity of scientists and scholars at German universities to set up their own businesses? What distinguishes founders from the scientific community?


IfM-Background Paper

Coronavirus pandemic and Mittelstand in Germany

19.05.2020 International economic relations and value chains, which are mainly optimised according to (short-term) efficiency and cost aspects, have already proved susceptible to exogenous shocks in the past. The corona pandemic currently represents a globally unique impairment of international economic relations and social welfare.