Makerspaces as a form of business incubation system: evidence from the UK and abroad

Scully, Declan, Meng, Liying and O'Regan, Stephen (2018) Makerspaces as a form of business incubation system: evidence from the UK and abroad. In: Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2018, 7-8 November 2018, Birmingham, UK.

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It is well documented in entrepreneurial research that new businesses face considerable difficulties in getting established and statistically are unlikely to survive. It is against this backdrop that a wide range of incubation services aimed at improving survival possibilities have been created and offered to new businesses. Although many of these models have received some consideration in the academic literature, makerspaces have not received a proportionate amount of academic interest. This paper seeks to investigate the manner in which incubation services are offered to new businesses by makerspaces. The methodology utilised includes a systematic literature review and an open-access database made up of data on makerspaces operating within the United Kingdom. A convenience sample of both corporate and traditional makerspaces was also used. The paper identifies considerable over-lap between makerspaces and more established models of incubation support. However it is clear that although corporate supported makerspaces provide extensive, integrated incubation support, this is not true in the case of more traditional makerspaces where the communitarian ethos remains dominant

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Makerspace, Entrepreneurs, Incubation
Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2020 11:53
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 16:22

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