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Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Unexpected Places

Examining the Success Factors of Regional Entrepreneurship

Authors: Andonova, Veneta, Nikolova, Milena S., Dimitrov, Dilyan

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  • Features remarkable case studies and insights from all available programs and investment funds in the region
  • Identifies the achievements of the Bulgarian regional eco-system that goes beyond the monetary indicators of success
  • Addresses the need of existing eco-system participants to better understand their role and prepare them for future steps
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About this book

This book sheds light on one of the biggest development issues of our time: how the rise of entrepreneurship and the associated mindset is likely to unfold in unexpected places and change socio-economic and political fortunes. Focusing on the Balkan Peninsula, the authors explore the early success of young entrepreneurial ecosystems in the region and highlight the dangers of direct comparison with more mature entrepreneurial centres. Offering fresh insights, this brand new book presents an analytical overview of the entrepreneurial domain that enabled Bulgaria to become the start-up capital of the Balkans. With empirical data gathered from over 80 interviews and case studies, the authors address the needs of decision-makers and managers in many countries which are on the path towards nurturing entrepreneurial ecosystems.

About the authors

Veneta Andonova is Associate Professor of Business Strategy in the School of Management at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Previously, she has worked at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain, ITAM, Mexico, and the American University in Bulgaria. In 2018 she published her first book, Multilatinas: Strategies for Internationalisation.

Milena S. Nikolova teaches Marketing in the Executive MBA and the undergraduate business program at the American University in Bulgaria. Previously, she studied marketing at the George Washington University (GW) School of Business, USA.

Dilyan Dimitrov is a co-founder of Eleven Accelerator Venture Fund, where he has scouted and invested in over 100 start-ups in Central and Eastern Europe since 2012. Prior to this, as the Vice President of Bedminster Capital Management Dilyan worked in areas such as healthcare, media and financial services.


Reviews

“Entrepreneurship can make a difference in a society when its success stories are celebrated and its lessons learned are shared. By celebrating successes and extracting lessons, this text has the potential to engage more young people, experienced entrepreneurs and curious investors, and thus make a difference in the future of the region.” (Bill Aulet, Senior Lecturer & MD, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, USA, and Author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship (2013))

“This book can have a tremendous impact in two important ways. First, it adds to our understanding of how to encourage risk-taking in places which do not have an entrepreneurial tradition, in comparison to global start-up centres. The book contains important insights-  knowledge that would be valuable to many regions around the world that are just now starting to nurture entrepreneurship, and are finding it hard to apply what we know from the Silicon Valley or Tel Aviv. Secondly, a book like this boosts the morale of potential entrepreneurs in the Balkan region where there is a lot of talent and a lot of business opportunities, which, if explored, can contribute to a life-changing transformation for individuals and societies, in addition to fuelling economic growth.” (Ravi Gupta, CEO, Tambourine Innovation Ventures, USA, and Senior Advisor to the World Bank on Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

“This book is an important message to the community – including young students, budding and existing entrepreneurs, employees looking for the catalyst to develop their own business, existing corporations, and governmental agencies – in providing insights, motivation, and an overall understanding of the benefits that fostering entrepreneurship brings to said community. Entrepreneurship, and the entrepreneurial spirit itself, is a seminal pillar in the development of societies and the economy and progress that forms the foundation of societal growth and development. This book provides the first look into how entrepreneurship, and the development of the ecosystem around entrepreneurship, has  - and *will* - impact our lives, businesses, and communities. The contribution of our educators and accelerators has been seminal, and the authors of this book are in the perfect position to illustrate, educate, and motivate the budding ecosystem, and its importance.” (Steve Keil,  Chief Executive, MammothDB, Bulgaria)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • What Is an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem?

    Pages 3-16

    Andonova, Veneta (et al.)

  • Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the Balkan Peninsula

    Pages 17-55

    Andonova, Veneta (et al.)

  • The Creation and Development of the Ecosystem: The Role of ICT

    Pages 57-100

    Andonova, Veneta (et al.)

  • Balkan Startups and the Entrepreneurs Behind Them

    Pages 101-135

    Andonova, Veneta (et al.)

  • Founder and Stakeholder Interests: Combining Economic and Societal Factors in the Balkan Peninsula

    Pages 137-182

    Andonova, Veneta (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98219-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98218-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Unexpected Places
Book Subtitle
Examining the Success Factors of Regional Entrepreneurship
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98219-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98219-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98218-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 332
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations
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