Makerspaces as an incubation model: implications for policy and practice

Scully, Declan, Meng, Liying and Stephen, O'Regan (2018) Makerspaces as an incubation model: implications for policy and practice. In: Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2018, 7-8 November 2018, Birmingham, UK. Conference Proceedings of ISBE2018. ISBN: 978-1-900862-31-8.

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It is well documented in entrepreneurial research that new businesses face considerable difficulties in getting established and statistically are unlikely to survive. It is against this backdrop that a wide range of incubation services aimed at improving survival possibilities have been created and offered to new businesses. Although many of these models have received some consideration in the academic literature, makerspaces have not received a proportionate amount of academic interest. This paper seeks to investigate the methodology utilised includes a systematic literature review and an open-access database made up of data on makerspaces operating within the United Kingdom. A convenience sample of both corporate and traditional makerspaces was also used. The paper identifies considerable overlap between makerspaces and more established models of incubation support. However, it is clear that although corporated makerspaces provide extensive, integrated incubation support, this is not true in the case of more traditional makerspaces where the communitarian ethos remains dominant.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Business
Social Sciences
Courses by Department: Business School > Business Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Liying Meng
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 13:34
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 13:34


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