Source of funding: National Science Centre, Poland
Funding Scheme: PRELUDIUM 16
Project ID number: 2018/31/D/HS4/01814
Start date: 09.09.2019
Finish date: 08.09.2021
Amount of funding: 129 323zł
Entrepreneurship and support for the creation of new ventures in recent decades is gaining incredible attention
of both scientists and policy makers. The direct impact of entrepreneurship on economic development and
innovation is highlighted. The role of universities in putting forward innovative ideas, followed by incubation,
acceleration and development with the use of venture capital funds is analyzed. Pre-incubation is an area that
has received the least attention in research to date and is developing just as intensively. The world's literature in
this field includes only a few articles which present a theoretical approach from the beginning of this millennium.
Moreover, so far no one has made comparisons of solutions adopted in different parts of the world, factors
determining the choice of a particular model and differences between countries. In the meantime, a number of
innovative pre-incubation projects have been developed within the world's best education systems, including
Finland, Sweden and Estonia. These projects use models whose form differs significantly from the theory
described in the literature on the subject.
Therefore, the aim of the project is to eliminate the research gap in this area by updating the definition of preincubation and pre-incubators of entrepreneurship, creating the world's first classification of pre-incubation
models and finally developing recommendations for Poland with regard to the possibility of implementing
specific pre-incubation models.
The project is multinational in nature and will be implemented in cooperation with scientists from Texas Christian
University (USA), Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and Poznań University of Economics and Business
(Poland). In addition, the project will use the results of preliminary research achieved during scientific internships
carried out in all three institutions.
Within the framework of the research about 20 case studies will be carried out, in which pre-incubation models
from Germany, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, USA, Romania, Slovakia will be
analysed. Access to these entities is ensured through a wide network of three researchers involved in the project.
All the above will allow for in-depth knowledge of the models of pre-incubation of entrepreneurship functioning
in the world. Indication of their strengths and weaknesses and possibilities of implementation depending on the
institutional environment. Set of recommendations prepared on this basis will not only be theoretical, but also
practical and will allow for more effective support for entrepreneurship, in particular in Poland