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Sustainability-profiled incubators and securing the inflow of tenants – the case of Green Garage Berlin
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (PIE)
Borderstep Institute/Oldenburg University. (Borderstep)
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (PIE/HELIX)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5960-9270
2017 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 157, 76-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Currently there is an attention in research and practise on entrepreneurial ecosystems, and how these, often using incubators, could support sustainable development through new firm start-ups. Despite the popularity of incubators in the literature and practise, few studies have focused on sustainable incubators in general or, more specifically, on processes that ensure a steady flow of tenants. Thus, this paper investigates how sustainable incubators ensures their inflow of tenants, how they organize their activities and whether the incubator environment affect tenant recruitment. A case study approach analysing the sustainability oriented incubator Green Garage Berlin have been used to generate an understanding of selection and recruitment processes as well the influence of external environments. The results show that regional and inter-regional co-operation, together with a well-planned, structured pre-incubation process, are requirements for securing an inflow of tenants to sustainable incubators. Incubator reputation and sufficient long term funding is also a key to success. A good practice case as Green Garage cannot simply be replicated, but require openness to continue the learning process and adapting the knowledge to be transferred to local conditions.

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Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 157, 76-83 p.
Keyword [en]
Business incubators; pre-incubation; tenant selection; incubator environment; entrepreneurship support services
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Business Administration Business Administration Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-136822DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.04.123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-136822DiVA: diva2:1091665
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SHIFT/Formas/Econovera
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Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2017-04-27 Created: 2017-04-27 Last updated: 2017-05-09Bibliographically approved

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