Abstract

The concept of entrepreneurial ecosystems has seen a significant increase in attention from researchers, policy makers, and practitioners due to its promise of creating regional economic and social environments that support start-up creation, survival and growth. Initial work on the concept, drawing on previous work on clusters, innovation districts, and systems of innovation, have focused on defining the attributes that help create successful entrepreneurial ecosystems and the ways in which they develop. However, there has been less research on the internal dynamics of ecosystems and the ways in which entrepreneurs draw on the resources. As a result, researchers have adopted a fairly homogeneous view of ecosystems that does not account for entrepreneurs’ diverse background, market orientations, or their stage of development.

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