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Empowering entrepreneurial mindsets - The modern era of incubation : A qualitative analysis of the entrepreneurial support environment at German universities

  • Over the past few decades, there has been an increasing amount of academic literature recognizing the significance of innovation systems. Entrepreneurship is an important component of an innovation system, contributing to the enhancement of regional as well as national innovation. The transfer of knowledge and technology between science and the economy has become particularly important to reinforce overall innovation performance. Today, universities and other institutions of higher education play a crucial role in the system of innovation and have evolved as active and highly relevant participants in the innovation system. Therefore, various supportive measures have been developed to increase the level of innovation at universities and to drive entrepreneurial activities. However, due to the ever-growing entrepreneurial support environment and the great variety of support programs,the distinction between support measures has become unclear. Consequently, the main objective of the present research work is to contribute to the overall understanding of supportive measures at German universities and other institutions of higher education. Eight experts were interviewed to ensure the compilation of meaningful data. The research findings highlight the importance of a solid network of external experts as well as collaboration with other entrepreneurial institutions. Moreover, the research results indicated that an organizational structure with decentralized decision-making processes and a greater scope of actions enhances operational efficiency. While considering the indistinctness of different support programs and specific terms, although some significant differences were evaluated, overall, the results present a clear tendency toward a more cautious use of specialist terms, therefore substantiating the missing preciseness.

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Author:Lisa-Marie Merkel
Advisor:Eva Kirner
Document Type:Master's Thesis
Year of Completion:2020
Granting Institution:Hochschule Furtwangen
Date of final exam:2020/05/25
Release Date:2020/08/31
Tag:Entrepreneurial support environment; Entrepreneurship; German start-up ecosystem; Germany; Start-up; University
Page Number:127
Degree Program:IMM - International Management
Open-Access-Status: Open Access 
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt