Edited by Adam Novotny, Einar Rasmussen, Tommy H. Clausen and Johan Wiklund
Business incubators have been steadily gaining acceptance as a device for supporting the establishment and growth of new technology-based firms (NTBFs) over the last several decades (Mian, Lamine, & Fayolle, 2016). Policymakers who recognize the importance of NTBFs to regional economies but are concerned by the low success rate and survivability of such firms often look to business incubation programmes as a feasible policy response. Despite the popularity of incubators, the detailed mechanisms through which incubation leads to enhanced entrepreneurial outcomes remain imperfectly understood. In this chapter we explore the role played by founders’ champion behaviour in the incubation value creation process.
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