What is it about?

We investigate the role of different types of experience in fostering youth entrepreneurial intentions. Results reveal that the experiences of having attempted to start a business and having previously worked in a business, as well as entrepreneurship education, have a positive influence on youth entrepreneurial intentions, while peers’ entrepreneurial intentions exert a negative influence, owing mainly to fear of failure and fear of competition.

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Why is it important?

Our study examines the influence of a broader taxonomy of experience types on youth entrepreneurial intentions than found in previous research. It highlights the unique role played by specific types of experience and points to the need to include extra-curricular entrepreneurial experiences in interventions aimed at fostering youth entrepreneurial intentions in developing nations.


I personally enjoyed conducting this research, especially the follow-up focus groups during which I had the opportunity to engage with secondary school students in South Africa on the motivators and hindrances for starting a business.

Dr Alex Bignotti
University of Pretoria

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This page is a summary of: Which types of experience matter? The role of prior start-up experiences and work experience in fostering youth entrepreneurial intentions, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, April 2020, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/ijebr-10-2019-0577.
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