Venture Acceleration and Entrepreneurial Growth in Central America
Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship
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.
Entrepreneurial growth; Gender; Developing countries; Accelerators
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Venture Acceleration and Entrepreneurial Growth in Central America.
Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 25(4),