Analysis of business incubators in the Czech Republic

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KLÍMOVÁ Viktorie

Year of publication 2008
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journals International Scientific Publications
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Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Economy
Keywords Business incubator; enterprise; regional development; innovation
Description The first business incubators in the world appeared in the 50s of the 20th century and they were spread abroad in the 80s. However, in the postcommunistics states the incubators started off after 1990 and especially after the entering these states to the EU. The business incubators serve as a tool for support of young enterprises and particularly for the innovative ones. One of the tasks of incubators is to increase survival rate of young firms. The incubators are usually established on the regional level. The business incubator is facility (building), which provides advantageous conditions for young firms. These conditions are e.g. subsidised rental, sharing of infrastructure, consultancy and other services for low prices. The article deals with analysis of business incubators in the Czech Republic. This analysis was made on the basis of questionnaire survey among the most importance business incubators in the Czech Republic. The analysis is focused on the following 6 areas: 1. basic characteristics of incubators (space, technical equipment, job created etc.); 2. operating services provided; 3. consultancy services provided; 4. training services provided; 5. quality of incubators and 6. financing of business incubators. The paper also deals with business incubators in the Czech Republic in generally, with their history and spatial location. The attention is paid especially to incubators, which were established or reconstructed due to support from the Structural funds. By the end 2008 about 20 incubators in the CR should be supported.
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