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Developing, Shaping and Growing Entrepreneurship

Developing, Shaping and Growing Entrepreneurship

European Research in Entrepreneurship series

Edited by Alain Fayolle, Paula Kyrö and Francisco Liñán

Developing, Shaping and Growing Entrepreneurship considers the role played by education, research, context and strategy in helping to grow entrepreneurial projects from the initial seed of an idea through to the fruition of success. This book is a wide-ranging examination of the influences on entrepreneurial activity that also asks new questions of entrepreneurship and opens new avenues of research. As such, it will become essential reading for academic researchers and entrepreneurial practitioners alike.

Chapter 5: Socio-psychological characteristics of entrepreneurial teams: profiling entrepreneurial potential

Susana C Santos, Sílvia Fernandes Costa and António Caetano

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship


This study presents the entrepreneurial potential construct in entrepreneurial teams competing in a venture competition, following a proxy for longitudinal research. We assessed the entrepreneurial potential profile of entrepreneurial teams and, based on the results, we were able to predict four track finalists and the grand finalist of the venture competition. The results based on the socio-psychological aspects of entrepreneurial potential profiles and team productivity of each team allowed us to predict (seven months ahead) the grand finalist of the venture competition awarded by an international expert judge panel. Our results showed that an entrepreneurial potential profile can be a useful tool to pick out successful and high potential teams. We also reflect on the relevance of considering entrepreneurial potential at the team level, considering entrepreneurship in a multilevel perspective. Key words: entrepreneurial teams, entrepreneurial potential profiles, psychosocial dimensions, venture competition

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