Acta Universitatis Danubius. Œconomica, Vol 13, No 4 (2017)

Navigating the reasons behind joining a business Incubation programme: Empirical evidence from entrepreneurs in South Africa

Thobekani Lose, Eugine Tafadzwa Maziriri, Prominent Choto, Nkosivile Welcome Madinga


This study aims to examine why entrepreneurs choose to join the incubation programme in urban areas, South Africa. The study utilised a quantitative method approach to collect data by way of questionnaires. The data was collected using structured questionnaires. The research participants for this study were limited to entrepreneurs in the incubation programme in Western Cape Province and Gauteng Province in South Africa during the course of the study. Populations of all 65 (incubatees) were deemed suitable for the study. This paper provides an insight into the reasons entrepreneurs chose to join the incubation programme. The findings indicated that entrepreneurs join the incubation programme to acquire entrepreneurial skills, entrepreneurial education, funding, business networks, Access to technology, sported a gap in the market and employment creation.


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