The world of entrepreneurship is filled with opportunities and challenges, successes and failures. To drive their businesses forward, startup founders must be plugged in 24/7—from conceiving an idea, to raising funds, and finding the right team to move the ball forward. Whether this group of founders sought to drive social change, take control of their lives, or simply generate wealth, they face similar challenges. Through the support of family and friends, networking, and a strong work ethic, startup founders often have many resources at their disposal to propel their businesses forward. This report was designed to gauge startup founder perceptions of their entrepreneurship experience, and gain more insight into the challenges these individuals face along their journeys.
The 2016 Startup Founder Report was created in connection with Consero’s Startup Acceleration Forum, an invitation-only event for startup founders in June 2016. The 12-question survey was distributed to startup founders in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America in early 2016, and it yielded 109 responses. For qualification purposes, the responses from four individuals who identified themselves in a position other than Founder/CEO/President were excluded from the report, resulting in 105 qualified responses.