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 13: Incubation and founders’ champion behaviour

Are Jensen, Nhien Nguyen and Jens Ø. Hansen


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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