The Appeal of Social Accelerators: What Do Social Entrepreneurs Value?

Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 8 (1), 88-109. DOI: 10.1080/19420676.2017.1299035

43 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2017

See all articles by Sheela Pandey

Sheela Pandey

Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg

Saurabh Lall

University of Oregon

Sanjay K. Pandey

George Washington University - Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

Sucheta Ahlawat

Kean University

Date Written: March 21, 2017

Abstract

Are the most-publicized benefits of social accelerators also the ones most valued by social entrepreneurs? Does the social entrepreneur human capital – such as education, professional background, and experience – shape the attractiveness of value propositions of different social accelerator benefits? These important questions are examined in this study by drawing upon a large and unique database of more than 4,000 social entrepreneurs worldwide who have applied to social accelerator programs. Study findings are of value not only to social entrepreneurship scholars but also to social entrepreneurs, social accelerators, funders of accelerators, and other entities in the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Keywords: social accelerator, social entrepreneur, value proposition, population ecology, sponsorship, human capital

JEL Classification: L31, L26

Suggested Citation

Pandey, Sheela and Lall, Saurabh and Pandey, Sanjay K. and Ahlawat, Sucheta, The Appeal of Social Accelerators: What Do Social Entrepreneurs Value? (March 21, 2017). Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 8 (1), 88-109. DOI: 10.1080/19420676.2017.1299035. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943091

Sheela Pandey (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg ( email )

777 W Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 21042
United States

Saurabh Lall

University of Oregon ( email )

Eugene, OR 97403
United States
5413467354 (Phone)

Sanjay K. Pandey

George Washington University - Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration ( email )

805 21st Street, NW
Suite 601
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Sucheta Ahlawat

Kean University ( email )

1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
118
rank
223,080
Abstract Views
362
PlumX Metrics