The networking and global awareness of young technology-based entrepreneurs

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Abstract

This study addresses the networking and global awareness of young technology-based entrepreneurs (YTBE). It is based on six technical entrepreneurs who graduated from the Master of Enterprise (MEnt) programme at Manchester Science Enterprise Centre. The main purpose of this research was to determine if YTBEs realise the importance of networks to business success and whether they act positively to build them. The second purpose was to see if they consider international opportunities and whether they build skills to sense and act upon them. The results have policy implications for supporting the development of the high-technology SME sector and providing insights into the internationalisation of high-technology SMEs.The research found that the YTBE from this course, show highly positive perception towards networks. Policy-makers are encouraged to nurture and further develop this type of human-based incubator. The investigation of global awareness of the young entrepreneurs shows less optimistic results. This situation should give cause for concern to both educators and policy makers.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2006 - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006