Small Business Economics

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 671–686 | Cite as

Regional determinants of ICT new firm formation

  • Frank Lasch
  • Frank Robert
  • Frédéric Le Roy


The role of regional determinants in new entrepreneurs’ location decisions is analyzed in the French information and communication technologies (ICT) sector. As we focus on the emergence of this industry, our dataset includes every new ICT firm in France in the period 1993–2001. We find evidence for the positive effect of co-location with incumbent ICT firms and some effect of knowledge spillovers. The effects of agglomeration, entrepreneurial capital and human capital are mixed.


Entrepreneurship New firm formation SME ICT sector Regional factors Local environment Geographical proximity France 

JEL Classifications

L26 L63 L86 M13 O38 



Earlier versions of this study were presented at the European and International Council of Small Business (ECSB, ICSB) conferences and the Association Information and Management (AIM) information systems conference. We would also like to thank the three anonymous reviewers for their efforts in improving our work. The authors are members of the Labex Entrepreneurship, Montpellier, France. This ‘laboratory of excellence’ is part of a French government fund recognizing and promoting performing research initiatives in human and natural sciences. Frank Lasch holds also the chair ‘Entrepreneurship & Innovation’ of the Labex initiative.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Lasch
    • 1
  • Frank Robert
    • 1
  • Frédéric Le Roy
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business SchoolMontpellier Research in ManagementMontpellier Cedex 4France
  2. 2.University of MontpellierMontpellier Cedex 2France

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