Incubators & accelerator programs: do they really matter?

Recently started, Chris Eveleens has set out to research the impact of incubators and accelerators and the role of networks of start-ups. Incubators stimulate the start-up of new firms by offering value-adding facilities and services to the entrepreneur. However, the effectiveness of incubators in increasing the performance of start-ups is debated and conclusive evidence is lacking. His PhD project aims to address this by first reviewing the current state of the literature with respect to the theoretical and conceptual foundations of the incubator and the incubation concept. Also, it will analyse the role of network capabilities of clean-tech entrepreneurs and networks of clean-tech start-ups in their performance and the impact that incubation programs have on these capabilities and networks. Finally, this project will quantitatively assess the factors that determine the overall impact of incubation programs on start-up performance.

The Chinese start-up scene: best practices and barriers for market entry

Based in Shanghai, Henk Steinz is looking into the Chinese start-up scene. In Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong he interviews entrepreneurs, investors and managers of incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces. Hereby focusing on best practices and on how the Chinese unique ecosystem influences the growing start-up scene. Special attention will be paid to the opportunities and barriers for (western) cleantech start-ups to enter the Chinese market.



Welcome to the START-UP INSIGHTS website! We are happy to welcome you to the new hotspot for insights on clean-tech entrepreneurship, innovation and education.

START-UP INSIGHTS is an initiative of the Climate-KIC Innovation Scouts program in cooperation with Utrecht University’s department of Innovation Studies.

On this website you can find state-of-the-art insights on clean-tech entrepreneurship, innovation and education, that will help you to address the challenge of climate change. We apply a wide scope of the subject matter, ranging from ‘what makes entrepreneurial ecosystems work?’ to start-up strategies and best practice models for supporting facilities.

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