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Sustainability-profiled incubators, regional factors and the recruiting of tenants
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (PIE)
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (PIE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5960-9270
Oldenburg University, Germany. (Border Step)
2016 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses incubators that claim a sustainability approach and pays particular attention to their inflow of firms – tenant recruitment. We also discuss external environment influences on tenant recruitment to the incubator. A case study approach examined one sustainable incubator that was successful in exclusively targeting ideas with a sustainable, climate-oriented mission. The results show that regional and inter-regional cooperation, together with a well-planned, structured pre-incubation process, are requirements for securing an inflow of tenants to sustainable incubators. Success also dictates that sustainable incubators apply a generous, non-sector-specific intake approach so that as many entrepreneurs as possible enter the incubator process. Ventures with the greatest potential can then be sifted out from this pool over time. Another factor affecting whether an incubator reaches a critical mass of sustainable tenants is the external environment. Finally, we make some suggestions for demand-side legislation that would support sustainable business ideas and lead markets for climate-friendly solutions. Such legislation would encourage or discourage sustainable and less sustainable technologies, setting us one step closer to an ideally sustainable world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
Business incubators; Pre-incubation; Sustainability; Tenant selection; Incubator environment; Support services
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Business Administration Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132717OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-132717DiVA: diva2:1048254
Conference
RENT XXX Conference, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium, November 16-18, 2016
Available from: 2016-11-21 Created: 2016-11-21 Last updated: 2016-11-28Bibliographically approved

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