An analysis of international scientific production on business accelerators from 1990 to 2019




Business accelerators, Accelerators, Systematic review, Field reorganization


Purpose: This research aims to develop an overview of the scientific articles on “Business Accelerators”, mapping the academic contributions already made, organizing and systematizing them to show the state of the art of the phenomenon of acceleration of startups. Design/methodology/approach: The methodological approach is qualitative, and the method used is a descriptive systematic literature review. Data were collected on the Scopus and Web of Science databases, between 1990 and 2019. Data collection presented a sample of 403 articles that, after applying exclusion criteria, consolidated into 95 articles. Originality/value: Considering the wide spread of business accelerators in the world, the systematization of the literature made it possible to present the supporting pillars of the accelerators, which allows for an advance in the study of the subject and facilitates the foundation for conducting future research that can also use the suggestions of research carried out. Findings: The results show the acceleration processes, consolidated in a structural acceleration model that is based on four pillars decomposed into eight processes worked by organizations, from the definitions in the literature. Research, Practical & Social implications: The main theoretical contribution is the presentation of the structural acceleration model, followed by the panorama of international publications in the area and identification of new opportunities for future research in the area of ​​entrepreneurship and innovation.


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Author Biographies

Matheus Eurico Soares de Noronha, School of Advertising and Marketing (ESPM), São Paulo, SP, Brazil

PhD candidate in Business Administration and International Business at ESPM (Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing/Brasil). Masters Degree in Consumer Behavior at ESPM (ESPM/Brasil) and Bacharel in Marketing at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Mackenzie/Brasil). MBA at Católica Porto Business School (CPBS/Portugal). Professional experiencie in the renewable energy sector, specifically in the wind energy industry in the areas of communication, strategy and innovation. Scientific Researcher in Innovation, strategy and international business.

Cristina Doritta Rodrigues, School of Advertising and Marketing (ESPM), São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Doctoral student at the Postgraduate Program in Administration (PPGA/ESPM - CAPES Full Scholarship).

Master in Administration with an emphasis on International Management (PMDGI/ESPM, 2019 - CAPES Full Scholarship).

Bachelor in Administration with specialization in Entrepreneurship and emphasis in Marketing by the Superior School of Advertising and Marketing (ESPM/SP) (2015).

Bachelor of Law from the University of Vale do Itajái/SC (UNIVALI), campus of Balneário Camboriú/SC (2006).

Leonardo Reis Longo, School of Advertising and Marketing (ESPM), São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Graduated in Social Communication from the Superior School of Advertising and Marketing, taking a Professional Master's Degree in Consumer Behavior at the same institution. He currently works at Google as an account executive and digital transformation evangelist. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the 50 most innovative professionals in Brazil and, in 2012, he was chosen as the Brazilian representative during the Young Lions Marketers competition at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

Ilan Avrichir, School of Advertising and Marketing (ESPM), São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Doctor in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas - SP (2002). Master in Administration from the same institution. Production Engineer from Escola Politécnica from Universidade de São Paulo. He is a professor in the Graduate and Graduate Programs of the Superior School of Advertising and Marketing (ESPM) in the area of International Strategy and Organizational Studies. Researches the theme of competitiveness of Brazilian industries with emphasis on: Global value chains, local productive arrangements, export of goods and services and communication between national cultures


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How to Cite

de Noronha, M. E. S., Rodrigues, C. D., Longo, L. R., & Avrichir, I. (2021). An analysis of international scientific production on business accelerators from 1990 to 2019. Iberoamerican Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 11(1), In copyediting process. .