Nearly half of company co-founders have been forced to buy their business partner out, with most leaders citing disagreements and power struggles as the reason for the split.
New research shows that 43 per cent of business owners were required to buy their co-founders share, with a “difference in opinions for the company’s direction” the most common driving factor.
Founder break ups were usually sparked by a “single specific disagreement” after a period of unrest or disputes within the team.
Almost three quarters of those surveyed by London venture capital fund Fuel Ventures said they would not consider co-founding a business again, while those who said they would added that they “would only do so with someone they knew well”.
More than half of the 3000 respondents said they chose to co-found their business as they felt “more confident and comfortable” with a partner.
However, 32 per cent admitted they felt “obliged” to have a co-founder after coming up with the idea together.
Fuel Ventures founder Mark Pearson said: “For entrepreneurs all over the globe, having a co-founder offers a great source of confidence, as well as giving people a great chance to bounce ideas and concepts around, and if the relationship is good, a co-founded company can be extremely successful.
“However, as our research shows there can be some negatives to having a co-founder, particularly if you don’t share the same business beliefs, values or ethics.”