Research Handbook on Start-Up Incubation Ecosystems
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Research Handbook on Start-Up Incubation Ecosystems

Edited by Adam Novotny, Einar Rasmussen, Tommy H. Clausen and Johan Wiklund

This insightful and comprehensive Handbook explores the concept of start-up incubation ecosystems, investigating the various factors that interact to provide a nurturing environment suitable for the successful development of start-ups and illustrating the critical part this plays within entrepreneurial ecosystems. Chapters include literature reviews, theoretical studies, and empirical research featuring both quantitative and qualitative methods, using data from a range of countries analyzed by an international team of authors.
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Chapter 9: Understanding startup development organizations in the context of startup incubation ecosystems

Cristiano Bellavitis, Michael Sargent and Carlos M. DaSilva


Startup incubation ecosystems (SUPIEs) involve a set of interdependent development organizations and actors aimed at supporting an environment where startups can blossom. Startup development organizations (SDOs) are the organizations that support the growth of startups. They typically offer a range of services such as office space, network access, managerial and administrative support, business expertise and financial investments to early stage firms. While SDOs are unified by a singular purpose – the promotion of an environment supportive of startups – differences in their practices and models exist. In this chapter we will cover three major types of SDOs: incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces. We will discuss their peculiarities and offer suggestions for further research.

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