Start-ups: Politicians advertise with us, but do not represent our interests

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Around two thirds of all start-up companies do not know who is standing up for them in politics. This is the result of an online survey that the IT industry association Bitkom has now published.

Almost a third of those surveyed see FDP chairman Christian Lindner as a lobbyist. 12 percent name Thomas Jarzombek, startup commissioner at the Federal Ministry of Economics (CDU). Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) with 11 percent and Digital State Minister Dorothee Bär (CSU) with 9 percent secure the following places. Around six percent of those surveyed named the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Economic Affairs, Andreas Pinkwart (FDP).

Robert Habeck (Greens co-chairman), Danyal Bayaz (Baden-Württemberg finance minister, Greens), Thomas Sattelberger (FDP member of the Bundestag) and Jörg Kukies (State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, SPD) were each named twice.

Most of the respondents (80 percent) are of the unanimous opinion that politicians only want to adorn themselves with the start-up scene, but have no interest in the problems of founders.

201 tech startups from Germany took part in the survey. The respondents include all start-ups with a technical background, as Bitkom press spokesman Andreas Streim says. These can be start-ups in the field of email security, as well as start-ups that offer online financial solutions or online consultation hours.

Despite the current corona crisis, the start-up scene is booming. Young companies received the record sum of 7.6 billion euros from investors – three times as much as in the same period of the previous year and more than in 2020 as a whole.

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