Entrepreneurial Support Systems

Most economists agree that entrepreneurial activity is the lifeblood of a vibrant economy and is central to long-term, sustainable economic growth and development in different regional and national economies. In this context, an entrepreneur (whether social, rural, technological, academic, female, youth, immigrant, or corporative) could be an important agent who contributes to economic development. William Gartner argues that the business creation process is integrated by the individuals starting a new venture, the actions taken to create a new venture, and the environment in which the new venture is developed. Therefore, one of the most important elements in a new venture environment is an entrepreneurial support system. This system comprises interdependent components formed into an integrated whole with the purpose of guiding the development of a ...

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