Entrepreneurship is seldom a solitary activity but in the majority of cases a team effort. Especially growth-oriented new ventures are – in contrast to their common portrayal in entrepreneurship theory – usually started by more than one founder. Previous research has found team composition to be driven by the desire to work with trusted and familiar others, i.e. people with similar characteristics or with whom the founders already have strong interpersonal relationships. However, we know little about the effects of a supportive organizational context on the formation of entrepreneurial teams.

In our paper we adopt the concept of organizational climate and apply it to students at universities. Specifically, we analyze whether and in what way a university’s climate for entrepreneurship affects the propensity of students to start a team business in contrast to becoming a solo entrepreneur or being a non-entrepreneur.