Universities are considered as important actors in ecosystems supporting entrepreneurs due to their resources and intellectual property, based on scientific research. Such a view is based on discussions drawing on evidence in Western economies, i.e. mainly North America and Europe. However, this view is irrelevant to many developing countries, where universities are confronted with limited resources, underdeveloped scientific research, and even minimal knowledge of entrepreneurship. In such contexts, it is unclear how universities can support entrepreneurs without having IP or rich resources. We use the theoretical lens of Community Service Learning and the context of social entrepreneurship to argue that universities can support the entrepreneurial ecosystem by leveraging the critical mass of their students, faculty and staff members, and thus do not necessarily need rich infrastructure or IP. Based on a qualitative research in Bolivia, we introduce 18 basic activities for students, faculty, staff members and the community to support social entrepreneurs, since these activities do not require any exceptional resources nor fundamental research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurial Ecosystems meet innovation systems
Subtitle of host publicationSynergies, Policy Lessons and Overlooked Dimensions
EditorsAlexandra Tsvetkova, Jana Schmutzler, Rhiannon Pugh
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781789901184
ISBN (Print)9781789901177
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2020

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