WORLD: Mr. Hommels, as the new "startup monitor" has just shown, only 15 percent of German founders use venture capital. Many say they lack access to important contact persons. Does Germany stand in the way of its growth opportunities if it does not promote access to venture capital better?
Klaus Hommels: Germany loses the connection. For example, Americans have invested about $ 870 billion in venture capital since 1995. Within 23 years, a market capitalization of six trillion dollars came out. That's 32 percent of American economic output. If someone has a financial idea that can make such a big difference in such a short time, you better pay attention to it.
WORLD: What is wrong in Germany?