From refugee to entrepreneur: the influence of business incubators on the refugee entrepreneurs' social capital in the Netherlands
Refugee entrepreneurs face some challenges when engaging in entrepreneurship, but they manage to overcome these by themselves and with the support of the business incubators. This thesis's main research question is how business incubators influence the refugee entrepreneurs' social capital. To answer this question, a qualitative case study has been conducted, whereby two business incubators, Pangea and Forward Incubator, were chosen as the cases. Together with a literature study, twelve interviews were held with refugee entrepreneurs and organisational members of the business incubators. Every interview has been analysed by coding the transcriptions and dividing the data into themes and subthemes. The results of this analysis show that the business incubator programs contribute to the social capital of the refugee entrepreneur by providing the participants with access to an extensive network, network events, workshops and a community of like-minded people. With these answers, the researcher aims to contribute knowledge on refugee entrepreneurship, make recommendations to the business incubators, and make refugee entrepreneurship more widely known in the Netherlands.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen