Title: Entrepreneurs' perceptions of business incubator services in Brazil and Portugal

Authors: Luísa Margarida Cagica Carvalho; Adriana Noronha; Simone Vasconcelos Galina

Addresses: Department of Social Sciences and Management, Open University of Lisbon, Portugal; CEFAGE, University of Évora, Portugal; Universidade Aberta, Rua Braamcamp, No. 90, Piso 5, 1250-052, Lisboa, Portugal ' Faculty of Economics, Accountability and Administration, University of São Paulo, Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, 908 Cidade Universitária, 05508-010, São Paulo, SP, Brazil ' Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accountability at Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo Avenida Bandeirantes, 3900, Monte Alegre, 14040-905, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

Abstract: Business incubators (BINC) play an important role in entrepreneurial ecosystems, providing relevant services to support the creation and growth of start-ups. The goal of this paper is twofold: first, to provide a literature review focused on the particularities of BINC and second, to present an empirical study of Brazilian and Portuguese BINC, Brazil and Portugal being the two places where we designed profiles for entrepreneurs. The results suggest that entrepreneurs' perceptions are connected with the requirements of each incubation phase for each firm and register some differences not only between traditional and technological BINC but also between the countries studied, mainly based on the type of services used by entrepreneurs in the different incubation phases.

Keywords: entrepreneurs; business incubation; perceptions; services; Brazil; Portugal.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2019.099753

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2019 Vol.19 No.1, pp.80 - 100

Received: 21 Jun 2017
Accepted: 28 Jan 2018

Published online: 21 May 2019 *

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