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 18: Toward a model for universities as incubation ecosystems: Facilitating students for an entrepreneurial career

B.W. Åmo, I.B. Pettersen, E. van der Lingen, K. Voldsund and J.J. Bragelien

Abstract

Universities are supposed to prepare students for an entrepreneurial career. This chapter investigates how entrepreneurship education influences students’ entrepreneurial intentions. It does so by exploring 799 students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes in South Africa and Norway and their likelihood of establishing a new firm. The hierarchical regressions show that exposure to entrepreneurship educational elements influences their intention to start their own firm. The study revealed that also the influence from important others and the students’ own previous entrepreneurial experience are positively associated with the students’ intention to start their own firm. This study then informs on how universities as an incubation ecosystem nurture students’ entrepreneurial dream. These insights are valuable for universities and policy makers interested in shaping or fulfilling universities’ goal of preparing students for an entrepreneurial career.

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