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 17: The key drivers for emergence of an entrepreneurial ecosystem – the role of brokerage, role models and inspiration

Karolina Lesniak and Roger Sørheim


The chapter investigates what are the key drivers for emergence of an entrepreneurial ecosystem (EE), and how those operate. To answer those questions the chapter utilizes a single case study design. The empirical context is a historical high-tech EE in Norway that emerged organically from a university. The study finds engaged individuals to be the key drivers for EE emergence. In EE evolving from university the key drivers are both professors and students. They operate as brokers of information between university and business worlds, entrepreneurial and scientific role models, and inspiration for commercialization of technology. The study calls for greater attention in investigating the driving forces behind various types of EEs.

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