Engaging in entrepreneurship can be a challenging task and is often perceived as a stressful time for nascent entrepreneurs. Previous studies show how emotional support from social networks is helpful for entrepreneurs in this process. In this study, we are interested in why some individuals provide emotional support to nascent entrepreneurs. We change the perspective on the social exchange process tied to resource acquisition by reversing the unit of observation from the entrepreneur (ego) to the resource provider (alter).

By integrating ideas from social psychology on emotional well-being and affect, we demonstrate that an individual’s stock of emotional support and their social skills influence the emotional support that this individual passes on to an entrepreneur.