Critical Role and Screening Practices of European Business Incubators

  title={Critical Role and Screening Practices of European Business Incubators},
  author={Kris Aerts and Paul Matthyssens and Koen Vandenbempt},
  journal={ERPN: Innovation (Economic) (Sub-Topic)},
Business incubators guide starting enterprises through their growth process and as such constitute a strong instrument to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. In this article we sketch the European business incubator landscape. Then we describe screening practices by European business incubators in 2003 and compare these results with the American incubators in the 1980s. In the last phase an exploratory link between screening practices and performance, measured in terms of tenant failure… 

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