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Start-Up Factories, Transnational Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Unpacking the Lure of Start-Up Accelerator Programmes

Citation
Brown R, Mawson S, Lee N & Peterson L (2019) Start-Up Factories, Transnational Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Unpacking the Lure of Start-Up Accelerator Programmes. European Planning Studies, 27 (5), pp. 885-904. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1588858

Abstract
This paper examines the role of accelerator programmes in promoting transnational entrepreneurship. Designed to assist the growth of start-ups by providing seed finance and structured entrepreneurship support, these programmes are now a prominent feature in many entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Drawing on in-depth qualitative evidence focused on one particular accelerator programme, this paper shows how they play an important intermediary or “brokerage mechanism” providing start-ups with enhanced relational connections and networks. Transnational entrepreneurs attracted to these programmes are highly focused on utilising networks whilst maintaining multiple levels of embeddedness in various contexts to maximise the opportunities afforded by accelerators. While many governments are beginning to replicate accelerators programmes within the public sector, we conclude that such attempts may prove highly problematic within weaker entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Keywords
Transnational Entrepreneurs; Entrepreneurial Ecosystems; Accelerators; Silicon Valley; Networks

Journal
European Planning Studies: Volume 27, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Author(s)Brown, Ross; Mawson, Suzanne; Lee, Neil; Peterson, Lauren
Publication date31/05/2019
Publication date online08/03/2019
Date accepted by journal15/02/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28843
ISSN0965-4313
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