Business incubators: (How) do they help their tenants?

Tiago Ratinho, Rainer Harms, Arend J. Groen

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    Abstract

    Business incubators (BI) have been established worldwide as tools for company creation and small businesses support. BIs claim to help their tenants by providing them with the optimal conditions for increasing early stage survival and long-term performance. Practitioners and researchers agree that business support is a crucial feature of incubating businesses. Yet this is seldom researched. In this study we theoretically relate business support to help in solving problems and further investigate to what extent business incubators support their tenants overcome their developmental problems. Results show that tenants do not experience many problems and when they do business support is not necessarily sought. Furthermore, our data suggests that business support is not preferentially sought within incubator environments. When this happens, support provided by the BI does not contribute to problem solving. Finally, we discuss the impact of the type of BI on helping their tenants
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew technology-based firms in the new millenium (Vol. 10)
    EditorsR. Oakey, A. Groen, P. van der Sijde, G. Cook
    PublisherEmerald
    Pages161-182
    ISBN (Print)978-1-78190-315-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Business incubators
    Business support
    Problem solving
    Small business
    Incubator
    Long-term performance

    Keywords

    • METIS-296692
    • IR-86283

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    Ratinho, T., Harms, R., & Groen, A. J. (2013). Business incubators: (How) do they help their tenants? In R. Oakey, A. Groen, P. van der Sijde, & G. Cook (Eds.), New technology-based firms in the new millenium (Vol. 10) (pp. 161-182). Emerald. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1876-0228(2013)0000010011
    Ratinho, Tiago ; Harms, Rainer ; Groen, Arend J. / Business incubators: (How) do they help their tenants?. New technology-based firms in the new millenium (Vol. 10). editor / R. Oakey ; A. Groen ; P. van der Sijde ; G. Cook. Emerald, 2013. pp. 161-182
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    Ratinho, T, Harms, R & Groen, AJ 2013, Business incubators: (How) do they help their tenants? in R Oakey, A Groen, P van der Sijde & G Cook (eds), New technology-based firms in the new millenium (Vol. 10). Emerald, pp. 161-182. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1876-0228(2013)0000010011

    Business incubators: (How) do they help their tenants? / Ratinho, Tiago; Harms, Rainer; Groen, Arend J.

    New technology-based firms in the new millenium (Vol. 10). ed. / R. Oakey; A. Groen; P. van der Sijde; G. Cook. Emerald, 2013. p. 161-182.

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    Ratinho T, Harms R, Groen AJ. Business incubators: (How) do they help their tenants? In Oakey R, Groen A, van der Sijde P, Cook G, editors, New technology-based firms in the new millenium (Vol. 10). Emerald. 2013. p. 161-182 https://doi.org/10.1108/S1876-0228(2013)0000010011