A comparison between nordic and mediterranean start up ecosystems: Economic sectors, business and pricing models

Marisa Abreu Gonçalves, Antonio Grilo, Aneesh Zutshi

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Abstract

A startup ecosystem is a set of interconnected entrepreneurial actors, entrepreneurial organizations, universities, public sector agencies, financial bodies, and entrepreneurial processes, which formally and informally coalesce to connect, mediate and govern the performance within the local entrepreneurial environment. Over the last 5 years we have witness to the emergence of the digital start up entrepreneurship phenomenon, with an exponential growth on the number of active startups. This paper sets to analyse if start ups in Nordic and Mediterranean ecosystems have different choices in terms of economic sector, business model and the pricing model. We have analyzed the Mediterranean region constituted by Lisbon, Madrid, Rome and Athens and the northern region constituted by Malmo, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Helsinki. The study used the database of F6S, the leading online platform for the startup community with over 490 000 registered startups, having analyzed a total of 5573 start ups. The study concludes that there are clear common trends in both Nordic and Mediterranean regarding business models (mainly B2C) and pricing models (mainly Freemium), but low communality regarding economic sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th Annual Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2017
PublisherIEOM Society
Pages2652-2661
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-098554976-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event7th Annual Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2017 - Rabat, Morocco
Duration: 11 Apr 201713 Apr 2017

Conference

Conference7th Annual Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2017
CountryMorocco
CityRabat
Period11/04/1713/04/17

Keywords

  • Business models
  • Economic sectors
  • Ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Pricing models
  • Startup

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    Gonçalves, M. A., Grilo, A., & Zutshi, A. (2017). A comparison between nordic and mediterranean start up ecosystems: Economic sectors, business and pricing models. In 7th Annual Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2017 (pp. 2652-2661). IEOM Society.