In order to receive funding, participants confirm a consent form to have their personal data recorded and complete the ESF questionnaire. The European Union, which provided money for the support, would like to know what happened to the people after the support ended. The data is needed to determine if the money is spent on meaningful actions and if the support was successful and helped the people. In order to know whether the support was also successful in the longer term, some of the participants are now being asked again about their occupational situation. For this purpose, the participants receive an invitation to take part in the survey via SMS or e-mail. The Bonn Survey Center - uzbonn - was commissioned to conduct the survey. The participants selected for the survey receive the name and contact details of a contact person at uzbonn to whom they can address their questions. Further information on the evaluation can be found on the ESF pages.
On behalf of the BMWi, the Project Management Agency Jülich (PtJ) conducts surveys of all start-up projects or companies founded with EXIST funding.
The BMWi and PtJ are pursuing three fundamental goals with the repeated survey of funded start-up teams at different points in time:
Participation in data collection for up to five years after project completion is mandatory for all funded start-up teams.
Personal Data Protection:
Data are processed in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act and the Basic Data Protection Regulation (legal basis Art. 6 para.1 lit b DSGVO). Collected data will be used exclusively for purposes of internal program monitoring of the PtJ or - in anonymized form - provided for external evaluations or accompanying research on behalf of the BMWi. They are not made available to the public or other third parties.
You can find more information (according to Art. 13 DSGVO) here.