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Title: Design incubatees' perspectives and experiences in Hong Kong
Authors: Fong, TWM 
Keywords: Entrepreneurship Education
Design Education
Business Incubation
Small Business
Issue Date: 28-Jan-2020
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Higher education, skills and work-based learning, 28 Jan. 2020, ahead-of-print, , How to cite?
Journal: Higher education, skills and work-based learning 
Abstract: Purpose: This paper discusses the services and support from one of the government design-based business incubators in Hong Kong. The characteristics of a design business incubator are explained, and a multiple-case study indicates the perspectives of incubatees from different design disciplines after their graduation from the incubation programme.
Design/methodology/approach: The research under discussion in this paper was based on eight design incubatees in different design disciplines within two years of incubation period, all of whom had participated in one of the government-funded business incubation programmes for designers in Hong Kong. The programme is unique because there are no other government-based incubation programmes for designers in Hong Kong. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to collect feedback from incubatees in areas ranging from terms of service to support of the incubation programme.
Findings: The services of training, mentorship and finance were found to be the most important to design start-ups. Financial support and flexible funding allocation were another important issue for design incubatees, but training in these subject areas was not included in the incubation programme. However, it was confirmed that funding provided may have helped a number of the incubatees in developing their start-up businesses as a result of the reduced financial burden and office allocation.
Research limitations/implications: The research focused on one incubation programme because of the lack of incubation programmes for designers in Hong Kong, therefore future research which compares different types of business incubation programmes is suggested.
Practical implications: The outcomes of the research not only identified the possible areas of development and improvement of business incubation in entrepreneurship but they will also be useful for the government, universities, institutions, designers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and practitioners. These, in addition to industry stakeholders who want to evaluate their entrepreneurship programmes and develop their plans for potential development in incubation- or entrepreneurial-related programmes or training, especially in the area of design, will find the results useful.
ISSN: 2042-3896
EISSN: 2042-390X
DOI: 10.1108/HESWBL-10-2019-0130
Rights: This article is © Emerald Publishing Limited and permission has been granted for this version to appear here ( Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Publishing Limited.
The following publication FONG, T. (2020), "Design incubatees' perspectives and experiences in Hong Kong", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print is published by Emerald Publishing Limited and is available at
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