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Student entrepreneurs’ awareness and use of entrepreneurial support instruments

Getkate, Niels (2014) Student entrepreneurs’ awareness and use of entrepreneurial support instruments.

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Abstract:This study tries to analyze student entrepreneurs’ awareness and use of the entrepreneurial support instruments offered by the University of Twente. Therefore, twenty-three subjects were recruited to be involved in this study. A list of entrepreneurial support instruments was composed. Respondents were asked whether they knew about the existence of the instruments and if they make use or had made use of it. The results show that business student entrepreneurs are not more likely to be more aware of the instruments than those from other programmes. Furthermore, student entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of the entrepreneurial process do not make use of more concept development support than those who are in the later stages; and, student entrepreneurs who are in the later stages do not make use of more business development support than those who are in the early stages. Moreover, student entrepreneurs from abroad do not make use of less instruments than those from Twente region. Withal, the proportion of student entrepreneurs who make use of entrepreneurial support instruments is independent of gender. Due to the results, none of the hypothesis was confirmed. However, a suggestion for future research is to expand the sample size to increase the reliability of the outcomes. Another suggestion is to conduct this study at other universities in the Netherlands. This study is not generalizable to other universities.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65311
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