Technology Nascent Entrepreneur Experiences of Start-up Competition Participation

Kayleigh Watson*, Pauric McGowan

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Start-up competitions have been proliferating across university campuses worldwide as one of the mechanisms to support student and graduate entrepreneurship. The chapter takes the start-up competition (SUC) phenomenon from the perspective of the technology nascent entrepreneur participant and within the context of their individual experiences of participation. It contextualises the start-up competition, giving due attention to its origins and the contemporary environment, and conceptualises the phenomenon, unpacking the espoused benefits of the competition participation experience for the participant. This highlights that despite SUC being promoted to technology nascent entrepreneurs as an important activity and valuable opportunity, a problematic dearth in knowledge surrounds how such entrepreneurs understand, describe and reflect upon their experiences of SUC participation. Through the medium of two individual and exploratory case studies, this chapter presents nascent technology entrepreneur accounts of their participation in a UK university-based business plan competition. Propositions are offered which could usefully guide much-needed further exploration of start-up competitions within the context of technology nascent entrepreneurial new venturing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology-Based Nascent Entrepreneurship
Subtitle of host publicationImplications for Economic Policymaking
EditorsJames A. Cunningham, Conor O'Kane
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781137595942
ISBN (Print)9781137595935, 9781349936632
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Advances in the Economics of Innovation and Technology
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2662-3862
ISSN (Electronic)2662-3870


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