The Study of Drivers of Successful Startup Exits from Accelerators with Entrepreneurial Orientation

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Entrepreneurship, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Department of New Business, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, university of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. (Corresponding Author)

3 Department of New Business, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, university of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

4 Department of Crisis Management, Faculty of Management and Economics, Islamic Azad University- Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran.


Accelerator centers are formed to support startups by shortening the distance between the idea and market entry, and the services provided by them have a positive effect on the functions of startups. However, the inability of some startups to exit accelerators on time calls the performance of such centers into question. This, as well as other factors influencing the relationship between services provided in accelerators and startup exits from accelerators, have not been studied in previous studies. Given the importance of the subject under consideration, the present study sought to identify drivers of successful startup exits with entrepreneurial orientation. This applied research collected data in a descriptive-survey manner. Data were gathered through the use of researcher-created questionnaires, and statistical samples consisted of startups that used the services of IT accelerators. The data generated in this study , collected 2022 , was analyzed using structural equations modelling and smart PLS3. Cronbach's alpha for all structures was greater than 0.7, and the extracted average was greater than 0.5, confirming the structures' reliability and validity. Path analysis was used to analyze research hypotheses, and the t-statistic of the hypotheses was greater than 1.96 and the significance level was less than 0.05, indicating that the hypotheses were confirmed.


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