Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2021

Publication Title

Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship

First page number:

1

Last page number:

16

Abstract

Intermediaries such as accelerators support entrepreneurial activity in developing countries by connecting entrepreneurs to critical resources and by reshaping the entrepreneurial ventures so they can better participate in larger markets. Existing research has examined the activities intermediaries undertake and how these activities influence intermediary effectiveness. However, we know much less about which entrepreneurial ventures benefit from intermediation. Using 24 months of pre- and post-intervention sales data for 139 ventures working with a business accelerator in Central America, we find that facilitating resource acquisition is less important than the constraints to change within the entrepreneurial ventures themselves. Thus, our study suggests that although facilitating resource acquisition through venture acceleration is important, it may be insufficient for increasing venture growth. Rather, the malleability of the venture may play a more important role in intermediation effectiveness.

Keywords

Entrepreneurial growth; Gender; Developing countries; Accelerators

Disciplines

Business | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

File Format

pdf

File Size

256 KB

Language

English

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