The Role and Impact of Entrepreneurship Education
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The Role and Impact of Entrepreneurship Education

Methods, Teachers and Innovative Programmes

Edited by Alain Fayolle, Dafna Kariv and Harry Matlay

This edited volume aims to bridge persistent research and practitioner gaps in entrepreneurship education theory and practice, as well as its relationship to main stakeholders. In 16 focused chapters, authored by leading international authorities in this topic, it offers new and innovative conceptual frameworks, research directions and illustrative case studies.
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Chapter 15: University business incubators: mechanisms to transform ideas into businesses

María Redondo and Carmen Camarero

Abstract

Universities have created university business incubators (UBIs) in order to foster technology transfer and entrepreneurship. In fact, novice entrepreneurs who graduate from university think and act based on their university education and experience. In general, they have either no idea or only a vague idea about businesses and the market. Thus, incubation in UBIs is a business support process undertaken with a view to meeting the needs of emerging entrepreneurs, developing their business ideas and transforming the latter into viable and sustainable activities. In this specific context, the current work analyses the characteristics of the incubators and the type of resources and services provided to incubatees in an attempt to ascertain whether UBIs are efficient mechanisms for transforming ideas into businesses. In order to achieve this objective, we collected data from 93 incubation programmes from Spanish and Dutch universities through questionnaires addressed to their respective managers. The results show the situation of UBIs as well as differences in the occupancy and graduation rates in different programmes.

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