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Tripathi N., Oivo M. (2020) The Roles of Incubators, Accelerators, Co-working Spaces, Mentors, and Events in the Startup Development Process. In: Nguyen-Duc A., Münch J., Prikladnicki R., Wang X., Abrahamsson P. (eds) Fundamentals of Software Startups. Springer, Cham

The roles of incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, mentors, and events in the startup development process

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Author: Tripathi, Nirnaya1; Oivo, Markku1
Organizations: 1M3S Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu-90014, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-02-28


This chapter aims to explore supporting factors, such as incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, mentors, and events in the startup ecosystem. To understand these five aspects and to explore their roles in startups, we investigated an Oulu startup ecosystem. In this case study, we conducted research interviews with practitioners working with startups, accelerators, incubators, venture capital firms, and co-working space organizations. By using real case examples, the results discussed in this chapter can help entrepreneurs understand the commonalities and differences between incubators and accelerators, their types (university-based or profit/nonprofit), the kinds of business ideas, and the entrepreneurs they focus on. Furthermore, the roles of co-working spaces, mentors, and events and their effects on entrepreneurs and startups are discussed. At the end of the chapter, we also show the interrelationships between these five aspects in the Oulu startup ecosystem and their influence on different startup development stages.

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ISBN: 978-3-030-35983-6
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-35982-9
Pages: 147 - 159
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-35983-6_9
Host publication: Fundamentals of Software Startups
Host publication editor: Nguyen-Duc, Anh
Münch, Jürgen
Prikladnick, Rafael
Wang, Xiaofeng
Abrahamsson, Pekka
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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