Where Do They Come from? Prevalence and Characteristics of Nascent Entrepreneurs

Posted: 17 Nov 2009

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Frederic Delmar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Per Davidsson

Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane Graduate School of Business

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

Frequencies of the involvement of the Swedishpopulation in the small business sector and the characteristics of nascententrepreneurs are analyzed. A sample of 405 respondents (out of an initialgroup of 49,979 individuals) were interviewed by phone.The resultsindicate that, at the time of the interview (1998), 2.0% of the Swedishpopulation, aged between 18 and 70, was trying to start an independentbusiness. A multivariate model with predictive power for nascent entrepreneurstatus is developed. The prevalence of nascent entrepreneurs is found to belower in Sweden than in Norway and the United States. These results confirm findings from previous studies of businessfounders.The gender of the respondent is found to be the strongestdistinguishing factor of whether a new business is developed. It was also foundthat the types of factors included in the study are more successful inpredicting nascent entrepreneur status among men than among women.(CBS)

Keywords: Founders, Firm survival, Nascent entrepreneurs, Startups, Gender, Cross-cultural research, Individual traits

Suggested Citation

Delmar, Frederic and Davidsson, Per, Where Do They Come from? Prevalence and Characteristics of Nascent Entrepreneurs (2000). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507564

Frederic Delmar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Per Davidsson

Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane Graduate School of Business ( email )

Brisbane
Australia
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+61 7 3864 1299 (Fax)

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