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From Innovation to Entrepreneurship

Connectivity-based Regional Development

Yasuyuki Motoyama

Innovation and entrepreneurship are often considered two sides of the same coin. But are the links between innovation and entrepreneurship as inextricable as we think? From Innovation to Entrepreneurship questions this seemingly interdependent relationship, highlighting the different requirements of innovation and entrepreneurship. This book disentangles theories of innovation and entrepreneurship, empirically revealing the overlaps and differences between them. Demonstrating that the pursuit of entrepreneurship is the key to economic development, Yasuyuki Motoyama explores the concept that people are at the heart of entrepreneurship ecosystems.
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Chapter 4: What do entrepreneurs do in the City of Fountains? A case study of Kansas City

Yasuyuki Motoyama


This chapter examines entrepreneurship activities through a large-scale survey of high-tech firms and focus groups of entrepreneurs attending at 1 Million Cups, a grassroots-based networking activities started in 2012. The survey demonstrates that the companies in the high-tech sectors valued informal local access to innovative people or ideas, but, at the same time, the research-related factors came at the bottom of their list. The focus groups uncover that entrepreneurs value the peer-based learning from presenting their business ideas and receiving feedback.

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