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Startup support programmes: What's the difference?

This report explains how different types of support programme fulfil different roles within startup ecosystems. It differentiates programmes in terms of how they make money, and when they intervene in the startup journey.

This report explains how different types of support programme fulfil different roles within startup ecosystems. It differentiates programmes in terms of how they make money, and when they intervene in the startup journey. 

Key findings

  • The report examines the different types of startup programmes which entrepreneurs may find helpful in order to select the most appropriate support.
  • It differentiates programmes in terms of (i) how they make money and (ii) when they intervene in the startup journey.
  • It suggests there are links between how developed a startup ecosystem is and the ability of programmes to be successful

This report is one of two commissioned by Nesta to describe the changing landscape of startup support. The past decade has seen a profusion of programmes offering to make the entrepreneurial journey less solitary for founders.

As with startups themselves, many of these programmes are yet unproven; some will undoubtedly fail. However, by providing a clearer definition and analysis of the models in use, it is hoped that these studies will aid startups, policymakers and programme developers alike in navigating that landscape, and in finding sustainable models which help startups thrive.

Authors
Nicola Dee, David Gill, Caren Weinberg, Stewart McTavish