Title: Exploring the relationship between start-up activities and new venture emergence: a longitudinal study of Canadian nascent entrepreneurs

Authors: Monica Diochon, Teresa V. Menzies, Yvon Gasse

Addresses: Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2W5, Canada. ' Faculty of Business, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1, Canada. ' Faculte des sciences de l'administration, Universite Laval, Sainte-Foy, PQ G1K 7P4, Canada

Abstract: This ||real time|| longitudinal study of Canadian nascent entrepreneurs focuses on the relationship between start-up activities and outcomes. It is part of a larger international project being conducted by the Entrepreneurial Research Consortium (ERC) to better understand the start-up process. Results document considerable volatility in the outcomes reported from year to year and indicate that sustainable operating ventures can be distinguished from others according to the activities undertaken during start-up. The pattern and timing of activities by outcome status are discussed, as well as the implications for policy and practice.

Keywords: nascent entrepreneurs; start-up activities; entrepreneurial process; new venture formation; gestation; startups; Canada; entrepreneurship; start-up process.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2005.006570

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2005 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.408 - 426

Published online: 21 Mar 2005 *

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