Why research at CSE?
Despite the huge volume of CSE-based startups, very little is known about how
entrepreneurs’ time and efforts are allocated across various tasks and challenges. We
will develop a comprehensive catalogue and visually map the entrepreneurial activities
of each startup in terms of the development of their business model, recruitment of
team members, learning about customers (see figure 1). This will give insight into; what
types of activities entrepreneurs are focusing on and when in the startup development
process, what similarities and differences are there among founders and startups at CSE
and how can CSE tailor their program to support the startups even more.
As well as a monthly survey, the research will also include interviews with founders to
gain more in-depth knowledge about their journey as an entrepreneur. Thereby, we also
hope that the entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to reflect on their role as a
founder and the development of their startup over time. In a broader sense, the results
will contribute valuable knowledge and insights for CSE, future startups, CBS and the
wider entrepreneurial community.
How do entrepreneurs differ
Figure 1 provides an example of a cross-startup comparison in terms of how much time
Firm A vs Firm B vs Firm C spends on business model- and customer-related activities.
As can be seen, the concentration of efforts differ from firm to firm. What impact does
this have on how their firms develop? Do they change their decision-making activities
over time? We look forward to sharing our findings with you as they unfold.