Venturing out: Designing effective pre-acceleration programs.

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Author: Nitzan Merguei
Date: Aug. 2022
From: Technovation(Vol. 116)
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 208 words

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Keywords Pre-acceleration; Entrepreneurial entry; Entrepreneurship education; New venture development; fsQCA Highlights * Design and cohort's features in pre-accelerators facilitate venture creation. * Workshops and diversity, especially gender, are important for entry decision. * Mentorship and entrepreneurial talks seem less important at the pre-venture stage. Abstract Pre-acceleration programs are a recent addition to the entrepreneurship support system. These structured programs focus on aspiring entrepreneurs at the pre-venture stage. This paper investigates which educational design features and cohort compositions contribute to high entrepreneurial entry by examining the case of a pre-acceleration program with worldwide events, using fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA). We find two recipes for events with high venture creation and two recipes for events with low venture creation. Altogether, at this very early stage, gaining skills and tools, and having a diverse cohort, especially in what concerns gender diversity, appear to be more important than having feedback from mentors on nascent ideas and having many entrepreneurial talks. We discuss the implications of the different recipes for practitioners and researchers, and offer new research avenues. Author Affiliation: School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, Tongersestraat 53, 6211 LM, Maastricht, the Netherlands Article History: Received 4 May 2021; Revised 30 December 2021; Accepted 1 March 2022 Byline: Nitzan Merguei [nitzan.merguei@maastrichtuniversity.nl]

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