Understanding startup development organizations in the context of startup incubation ecosystems

Cristiano Bellavitis, Michael Sargent, Carlos M. DaSilva

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemChapter

1 Scopus citations


Startup incubation ecosystems (SUPIEs) involve a set of interdependent development organizations and actors aimed at supporting an environment where startups can blossom. Startup development organizations (SDOs) are the organizations that support the growth of startups. They typically offer a range of services such as office space, network access, managerial and administrative support, business expertise and financial investments to early stage firms. While SDOs are unified by a singular purpose - the promotion of an environment supportive of startups - differences in their practices and models exist. In this chapter we will cover three major types of SDOs: incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces. We will discuss their peculiarities and offer suggestions for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Start-Up Incubation Ecosystems
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781788973533
ISBN (Print)9781788973526
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


Dive into the research topics of 'Understanding startup development organizations in the context of startup incubation ecosystems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this