Research Article

Business Incubation in Dar es Salaam

Published in: Africa Journal of Management
Volume 3, issue 2, 2017, pages: 163–183
DOI: 10.1080/23322373.2017.1335129
Author(s): Kristina Henricson BriggsEntrepreneurship and Strategy, Sweden


Business incubation is increasingly emphasized on development agendas globally as a tool for entrepreneurship, employment and economic growth. Previous studies focus on comparing European and US business incubators, and outcomes of business incubation in sub-Saharan African settings are comparatively unknown. This paper contributes to the understanding of business incubation in Tanzania by focusing on three themes of business incubation identified from 43 semi-structured interviews with entrepreneurs and people working with entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam: 1. The role of the entrepreneur and how it influences business incubation; 2. The business incubator aim and outcome; 3. Perceived constraints for business incubation in Dar es Salaam. Findings include: 1. The variety of entrepreneurship demands additional types of support to generate a valuable contribution; 2. There is a risk that business incubators become excluding organizations, cementing existing roles in society; 3. Business incubators may compensate for constraints on entrepreneurship, but it is important to make them fit local needs.

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