Business support within business incubators

Tiago Ratinho, Rainer Harms, Aart Groen

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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 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 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
Title of host publicationTitelProceedings of the 16th international Product Development Management Conference
Subtitle of host publication"Managing dualities in the innovation journey", June 7-9, 2009, Twente
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherEuropean Institute for Advanced Studies in Management
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2009
Event16th International Product Development Management Conference, IPDMC 2009: Managing Dualities in the Innovation Journey - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Jun 20099 Jun 2009
Conference number: 16

Publication series

NameInternational Product Development Management Conference
PublisherEuropean Institute for Advanced Studies in Management
ISSN (Print)1998-7374


Conference16th International Product Development Management Conference, IPDMC 2009
Abbreviated titleIPDMC


  • Problem solving
  • Business support
  • Business incubation
  • Business incubators


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