Edited by Adam Novotny, Einar Rasmussen, Tommy H. Clausen and Johan Wiklund
Chapter 6: Transnational entrepreneurial ecosystems: The perspectives of Finnish and Estonian born-global start-ups
The entrepreneurial-ecosystem concept has recently gained renewed attention among entrepreneurship scholars, yet research in regional studies and international entrepreneurship has stayed notably silent on the role that entrepreneurial ecosystems can have in driving entrepreneurial activities in developing rapidly internationalizing born-global (BG) firms. In this exploratory study, we assess the transnational entrepreneurial ecosystem in Finland and Estonia from the point of view of BG entrepreneurs and do so in a transnational-ecosystem context. Using a survey method and data analysis employing an analysis of variance (ANOVA), this study contributes to the literature on regional studies and international entrepreneurship by examining which of the transnational entrepreneurial ecosystem’s structural elements are critical for BGs during their developmental stages and how these elements are perceived differently depending on the characteristics of BG firms. The study thus enhances our understanding of the interactions of the transnational entrepreneurial ecosystem and its role in supporting new ventures.
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