Business incubators: (how) do they support 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. Practitioners and researchers agree that business support is a crucial dimension of BI. Yet this feature is seldom researched. In this study we investigate to what extent business incubators help 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 environment. When this happens, support provided by the BI does not contribute to problem solving. Finally, we discuss the impact of the type of BI in helping their tenants.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2009
Event17th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2009 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 May 200929 May 2009
Conference number: 17

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Conference17th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2009
Abbreviated titleHTSF
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period28/05/0929/05/09

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  • METIS-258534
  • IR-73691

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Ratinho, T., Harms, R., & Groen, A. J. (2009). Business incubators: (how) do they support their tenants?. Paper presented at 17th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2009, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Ratinho, Tiago ; Harms, Rainer ; Groen, Arend J. / Business incubators: (how) do they support their tenants?. Paper presented at 17th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2009, Manchester, United Kingdom.18 p.
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Business incubators: (how) do they support their tenants? / Ratinho, Tiago; Harms, Rainer; Groen, Arend J.

2009. Paper presented at 17th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2009, Manchester, United Kingdom.

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