The fifth edition of the Gründungsradar examines and compares the quality of start-up support at German institutions of higher education (HEIs). Moreover, it underlines the important role HEIs play in harnessing innovation and portrays their efforts to foster a dynamic environment conducive to start-ups. For this year's edition, we updated the indicators surveyed; for that reason, temporal comparisons with previous surveys are only possible to a limited degree. Overall, just under 60 per cent of higher education institutions in Germany took part in the survey, which accounts for about four-fifths of all enrolled students. Participating HEIs included almost all HEIs that place significance on the issue of start-ups. The Gründungsradar thus provides a solid data-based foundation for start-up activity and support at German institutions of higher education.