Small Business Economics

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 127–135

Incubators: Tool for Entrepreneurship?

  • Rudy Aernoudt

DOI: 10.1023/B:SBEJ.0000027665.54173.23

Cite this article as:
Aernoudt, R. Small Business Economics (2004) 23: 127. doi:10.1023/B:SBEJ.0000027665.54173.23


One of the biggest barriers for the development of incubators in Europe is the lack of entrepreneurship and the underdevelopment of seed financing and business angel networks. While incubation is increasingly being used as a tool for promoting entrepreneurship and start-ups, leading to new policy incentives, the content of the concept is becoming more and more polysemic. Completely different approaches tend to be associated with the incubator concept, which hence becomes more of an umbrella concept. This paper aims to combine a conceptual analysis with an analysis of economic reality, both in the U.S.A. and in Europe. It warns against non-accurate evaluations of the impact of incubators if one does not take into account the different types of incubators. The paper focuses on the dynamic process of incubatio and concludes by underlining the importance of close links between incubators and business angels networks.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudy Aernoudt
    • 1
  1. 1.Sint Martens LatemBelgium

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