Business Incubation in Chile: Development, Financing and Financial Services

Aruna Chandra, Maria Alejandra Medrano Silva

Abstract


Business incubation in Chile is still in its nascent stages, with approximately 27 incubators supported primarily by a coalition of government and universities. Chilean business incubators tend to capitalize on regional resource strengths and have a strategic focus on high growth, high innovation, high impact businesses as a result of a government mandate to focus on developing business with high potential for economic development and job creation. The government’s efforts to create the framework conditions for entrepreneurship by investing in business incubators, organizing risk capital for early stage ventures to fill capital market gaps and support for angel networks as well as incubator funding are discussed. Policy implications for the continued growth of the incubation industry are provided.

Keywords


incubation in Chile; risk capital; new ventures; incubator financial services; incubator services; institutional theory; network theory

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242012000200001



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