It gives you wheels: the university-based accelerators in start-up ecosystems Online publication date: Mon, 21-Feb-2022
by Fabio Greco; Marco Tregua
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB), Vol. 45, No. 2, 2022
Abstract: Many scholars have investigated the growing phenomenon of start-ups in the last decade from various angles; this paper aims to join the ongoing debate over university-based accelerators (UBAs) by addressing how they contribute to the development and growth of start-ups and to the viability of a start-up ecosystem. The review led to consider actors, geographical contexts, and resources as the three main drivers shaping a start-up ecosystem and the support UBAs offered to start-ups. A preliminary analysis on several start-up ecosystems around the world and two on-field studies led the research to show methodological, theoretical, and practical advances, as UBAs offer a hard-to-replicate combination of suitable conditions for start-up acceleration, due to prestige in the business context, the operationalisation of models and methods, and the setting up of a fertile ground for start-ups.
Online publication date: Mon, 21-Feb-2022
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