SS13: Trans-local linkages of and between entrepreneurial ecosystems

Name and affiliations of the session organisers

  • Susann Schäfer (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
  • Andreas Kuebart (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space; Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg)


While the debate on entrepreneurial ecosystems has put a strong emphasis on the regional dimension of entrepreneurial support, the trans-local linkages between regional entrepreneurial ecosystems have been highlighted recently (Schäfer, 2021; Wurth et al. 2021). This emerging literature suggests that in a globalized world, there are no “islands of entrepreneurship” (Kuebart & Ibert 2019), but entrepreneurial processes are rather influenced by cross-border connections among entrepreneurial ecosystems that facilitate knowledge and resource sharing, as well as internationalization opportunities for entrepreneurs. Linkages between entrepreneurial ecosystems are formed through various mechanisms such as transnational migration of entrepreneurs and experts (David & Schäfer 2022), entrepreneurial events and accelerator participation (Kuebart 2022), cross-border financial investments (Balachandran & Hernandez 2019), and other forms of internationalization activities. 

For the proposed session we invite contributions on trans-local linkages of and between entrepreneurial ecosystems, including but not limited to the following topics: 

  • Trans-local communication and knowledge exchange
  • Trans-local dimensions of digital entrepreneurship
  • Migration and migrant entrepreneurship
  • Role of incubators and accelerators
  • Foreign (venture capital) investments in entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • International events and conferences as temporary clusters
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems and international communities of practice
  • Governance of trans-local linkages in entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • (New) data, methodologies, and analysis of trans-local linkages


Balachandran, S., & Hernandez, E. (2019). Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Immigrant Entrepreneurs as Pathways to Foreign Venture Capital Investments. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019(1), 19263. https://doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2019.19263abstract 

David, A., & Schäfer, S. (2022). Spatial perspectives on migrant entrepreneurship. ZFW – Advances in Economic Geography, 66(3), 131–136. https://doi.org/10.1515/zfw-2022-0033 

Kuebart, A. (2022). Open creative labs as functional infrastructure for entrepreneurial ecosystems: Using sequence analysis to explore tempo-spatial trajectories of startups in Berlin. Research Policy, 51(9), 104444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2021.104444 

Kuebart, A., & Ibert, O. (2019). Beyond territorial conceptions of entrepreneurial ecosystems: The dynamic spatiality of knowledge brokering in seed accelerators. Zeitschrift Für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 63(2–4), 118–133. https://doi.org/10.1515/zfw-2018-0012 

Schäfer, S. (2021). Spatialities of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Geography Compass, 15(9), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12591 

Wurth, B., Stam, E., & Spigel, B. (2021). Toward an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Research Program. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 104225872199894. https://doi.org/10.1177/1042258721998948 


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