Incubation Matters: Measuring the Effect of Business Incubators on the Innovation Performance of Start‐Ups

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Silvia Rita Sedita

University of Padova - Department of Economics

Roberta Apa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thomas Bassetti

University of Padova - Department of Economics

Roberto Grandinetti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 2019

Abstract

This article explores the role of business incubators on the innovation performance of start‐ups; in addition, we also investigate how the incubation effect moderates other important factors driving their innovation performance. The empirical evidence comes from a sample of firms located in Northern Italy belonging to the manufacturing (mechanical engineering firms) and service sectors (knowledge‐intensive business services). The results suggest that the incubation effect is very important in shaping the innovation performance of new ventures (measured as a percentage of sales of new‐to‐market innovations). Moreover, it positively moderates the impact of (1) the internal technical capabilities and (2) the adoption of a limited portfolio of collaborations for innovation.

Suggested Citation

Sedita, Silvia Rita and Apa, Roberta and Bassetti, Thomas and Grandinetti, Roberto, Incubation Matters: Measuring the Effect of Business Incubators on the Innovation Performance of Start‐Ups (September 2019). R&D Management, Vol. 49, Issue 4, pp. 439-454, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3616302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/radm.12321

Silvia Rita Sedita (Contact Author)

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Roberta Apa

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Thomas Bassetti

University of Padova - Department of Economics ( email )

via Del Santo 33
Padova, 35123
Italy

Roberto Grandinetti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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