This paper examines the influence of perceived university and institutional support on business start-up intentions using empirical data collected from 391 technical graduates in Tanzania. Specifically, the paper examines the influence of perceived educational, concept, and business development support on business start-up intentions and the mediating effect of institutional support on the hypothesized relationships. Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM) was employed to examine the influence of perceived university support on business start-up intentions and the mediating effect of institutional support on the hypothesized relationships. The findings indicate that concept development and institutional support significantly influenced business start-up intentions. However, institutional support partially mediated the influence of perceived university support on business start-up intentions through concept development support but fully mediated through educational and business development support. Conclusively, institutional support matters a lot if colleges and universities are to properly groom and orient graduates towards business start-ups. Technical colleges and universities should employ experiential pedagogical methods while designing tailor-made business development services to equip graduates with know-how and hands-on skills to enhance their potential to venture into business start-ups.
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The corresponding author acknowledges the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) for organizing a scientific paper writing workshop that speeded up the completion of this manuscript.
The corresponding author received financial support from the Federal Government of Germany through Deutscher Academischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) for the In-country Scholarship Programme (No. 91602573).
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Nzilano, K.L., Tundui, H.P. & Ndyetabula, D.W. Perceived university support and technical graduates’ intentions to venture into business start-ups in Tanzania: does institutional support matter?. J Glob Entrepr Res 12, 465–477 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40497-022-00334-0
- Perceived university support
- Business start-ups
- Institutional support