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What is the Performance of Incubators? The Point of View of Coached Entrepreneurs


  • Jacques Arlotto

    () (Audencia Recherche - Audencia)

  • Jean-Michel Sahut

    (Geneva School of Business Administration - Geneva School of Business Administration, CEREGE - CEntre de REcherche en GEstion - Université de Poitiers - Institut d'Administration des Entreprises (IAE) - Poitiers)

  • Frédéric Teulon

    (IPAG - Institut de Préparation à l'Administration et à la Gestion - Ipag)


This article examines the performance of incubators because their economic model implies constantly finding external sources of financing. In order to evaluate the performance of incubators in France, we questioned 404 entrepreneurs in 80 incubators. The results show the social utility of incubators in France. Indeed, they encourage entrepreneurs to pass to the act of creation, but also contribute to the success of incubated firms. Moreover, these companies create more jobs than other start-ups. However, the services provided by incubators could be more developed and focus more on the assistance in order to find potential investors. Lastly, the work quality of an incubator as perceived by entrepreneurs is largely dependant on its director. This fact can explain important variations of performance between incubators.

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  • Jacques Arlotto & Jean-Michel Sahut & Frédéric Teulon, 2011. "What is the Performance of Incubators? The Point of View of Coached Entrepreneurs," Post-Print hal-00771825, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00771825
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    1. Davidsson, Per & Honig, Benson, 2003. "The role of social and human capital among nascent entrepreneurs," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 18(3), pages 301-331, May.
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