Abstract

Entrepreneurship literature has indicated that networks are an important resource that facilitate emergence and growth of new ventures. The frequent absence of networks has been heralded as major obstacle for immigrant entrepreneurs when considering launching a firm. In this study we explore whether this assumptions also holds for individuals who move to another country to establish a firm, entrepreneurs’ whom we define as “Expatriate Entrepreneurs”. This type of entrepreneurship has lately gotten considerable attention with the introduction of policy programs in e.g. Chile and Denmark, which offer visas to entrepreneurs from other countries. In our study, we investigate the role of entrepreneurs’ networks when they move to another country to establish their business. We identified entrepreneurs that have moved to other countries and shortly after moving established a company. Our main research question is as follows: “What role do networks play for expatriate entrepreneurs and does it differ from other types of immigrant entrepreneurs?”

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