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The “Place” of Culture in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Colin Donaldson (EDEM Business School, Valencia, Spain)
Jorge Villagrasa (EDEM Business School, Spain)

Entrepreneurial Place Leadership: Negotiating the Entrepreneurial Landscape

ISBN: 978-1-80071-029-0, eISBN: 978-1-80071-028-3

Publication date: 21 July 2022


This chapter seeks to provide an overview of the role that culture plays in the effective governance and sustainability of an entrepreneurial ecosystem (EE). In particular, the authors draw upon their own experience at “Marina de Empresas” (MdE), an EE located in Valencia (Spain). MdE is an emerging and exciting EE that provides a unique context. Within the same complex, an entrepreneurial university, an incubator and accelerator (Lanzadera), and an entrepreneurial financing company (Angels) are all co-located. Thus, in one locality, the complete cycle of entrepreneurship is covered. Through an embedded case study methodology and using semi-structured interviews carried out with multiple key stakeholder’s insights are generated into the distinctive culture that the ecosystem holds. In so doing, the impact of entrepreneurial values, entrepreneurial spaces, and entrepreneurial practices, are considered in relation to how they can influence ecosystem functioning. The aim is to provide comprehension toward the transcending value that culture emits across an entrepreneurial community. The findings are relevant to entrepreneurs, incubators, accelerators, and the policy makers.



Donaldson, C. and Villagrasa, J. (2022), "The “Place” of Culture in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem", Newbery, R., Baranchenko, Y. and Bell, C. (Ed.) Entrepreneurial Place Leadership: Negotiating the Entrepreneurial Landscape (Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 15), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 49-71.



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