Effect of Access to Networks Support Provided by Business Incubators on Technology Based New Venture Creation in Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Njau, James Mwangi
dc.contributor.author Wachira, Anita Wanjugu
dc.contributor.author Mwenda, Lilian Karimi Mugambi
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-08T05:20:29Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-08T05:20:29Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02
dc.identifier.issn 2520-9108
dc.description.abstract Purpose: The study sought to assess the effect of access to network support provided by business incubators on technology based new venture creation in Kenya. Methodology: The study adopted descriptive research design. The population of study was 9 business incubator managers and 384 incubatees in Nairobi Metropolitan. Census was applied for the incubator managers and Stratified Random sampling was used to arrive at a sample size of 185 incubatees, and the response rate was 82.2 % for incubatees and 88.9% for incubator managers respectively. Data from incubator managers was collected using a structured interview schedule while a cross sectional survey was conducted for the incubatees using a structured questionnaire. Quantitative data was analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics while qualitative data was analysed using qualitative data analysis method. Results: The study revealed that access to networks support had a positive significant effect on technology based new venture creation. The Pearson’s correlation coefficient was r=0.542, p<0.05 and the beta value was 0.384, p<0.05 and t test value was 7.895, p<0.05. Therefore, the null hypothesis was rejected at 0.05 significance level. Unique contribution to theory, practice and policy: The study recommends integration of incubation theories for a better understanding of the business incubation process. The business incubation practitioners can use the finding of this study to model a roadmap for provision of access to networks to new ventures in Kenya while entrepreneurs will be able to appreciate how access to networks support provided by business incubators can help them to overcome the liability of smallness and newness. On policy implications, the study identified the policy gaps that need to be addressed in relation to mainstreaming business incubation as a timely intervention in provision of access to network support in the new venture creation ecosystem. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Project Management en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 4;Issue paper 1
dc.subject Access to network support, Business incubation, Technology based new venture creation. en_US
dc.title Effect of Access to Networks Support Provided by Business Incubators on Technology Based New Venture Creation in Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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