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Title


The Role of Innovation Hub Networks in Start-up Internationalization

Authors


Daniel Schepis
University of Western Australia
Australia
Daniel Schepis ,
Sharon Purchase
University of Western Australia
Australia
Sharon Purchase ,
Chiara Cantu
Catholic University
Italy
Chiara Cantu and
Bella Butler
Curtin University of Technology Western Australia
Australia
Bella Butler

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 34th IMP-conference in Marseille, France in 2018.

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Abstract


Innovation hubs are part of a broad range of start-up support organizations which seek to spur new venture development, as well as the diffusion of innovation within business ecosystems. While the localized benefits of innovation hubs are becoming increasingly realized, their role in start-up internationalization is less understood. Businesses expanding overseas at early stages face unique challenges, however for some, these risks are necessary for future growth or sustainability. We present a conceptual overview of the start-up internationalization process, taking into account key drivers and the role of network relationships. We then examine the value provided by innovation hubs and present three propositions relating to how they may contribute to start-up internationalization. Finally, future research directions and a proposed study are discussed.